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Ex-Navy Chaplain Loses Legal Fight Over Dismissal

Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who clashed with his superiors over his fundamentalist views, has lost his legal battle to vacate his court martial and win back pay.

In November, the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., found that the Navy acted in accordance with the law after it disciplined Klingenschmitt in 2006 for appearing in uniform at a right-wing rally in Washington. He was later dismissed from the Navy. Read more

Navy Approves Military’s First Atheist Lay Leader

Chief Petty Officer Martin Healey has received approval to become the Navy’s first atheist lay leader. Healey, who serves on the amphibious assault vessel USS Makin Island, completed lay leader training and received an endorsement from Paul Loebe of American Atheists in order to be considered for the role.

Advocates for diversity in the military hailed the decision. Read more

Spiritual Warfare: Ex-Chaplain Prays For Death Of AU's Lynn

On Friday I wrote about Gordon James Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who has been trying to raise money and recruit supporters through a Religious Right Web site titled

Americans United and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) took issue with Klingenschmitt's site and his e-mail alerts that referred to him as "Chaplain Klingenschmitt" and showed him in a Navy uniform. We wrote to Navy officials, arguing that Klingenschmitt was attempting to mislead people, as he is a former chaplain. Read more