Do you remember M*A*S*H? The old sit com featuring the zany hijinks of the 4077th? Remember Father Mulcahy? Can you imagine Father Mulcahy not being able to mention Jesus in his sermons? Can you imagine Father Mulcahy being fired for praying while in uniform?
Well, in a case of life being stranger than art, that’s exactly what’s happening to one Navy Chaplain.
Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt said he prayed at a March 30 protest opposing Department of Defense rules forbidding military chaplains from invoking the name of Jesus Christ.
He’s accused of violating an order not to appear in uniform at news conferences in support of personal or religious issues.
So let me get this straight, after all, I’m not from DC originally, which means I don’t view life through the Beltway prism.
You hire a guy as a CHAPLAIN, then tell him he can’t say the name JESUS. When he protests that little bit of stupidity BY PRAYING, you fire him because he did it in uniform. The guy was a chaplain, but not allowed to say Christ or pray in uniform?
Now I’m not a very religious guy, but even I think that’s kind of fuqed up. What will the government think of next? Are we going to hire scientists but tell them they can’t go near the labs? Are we going to hire pilots and tell them they’re not allowed to fly?
Are we going to elect a President and then tell him he can’t lead, and instead let his Veep run the country?
Forget that last one. Ok?