- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 16, 2013) — Dr. Chaps Klingenschmitt, an outspoken pro-life pastor who forfeited his military career after taking a stand which eventually led to the overturning of a ban on praying “in Jesus’ name” in eight states, has had multiple death threats issued against him by members of the group “Right Wing Watch.”
Klingenschmitt was persecuted by the Navy for failing to follow a “non-sectarian” prayer policy.
RWW has also decried Rep. Ted Yoho for his comments made at a townhall meeting on August 3 pledging to work with Rep. Steve Stockman on a “bill” to address the forgery of Obama’s purported long-form birth certificate posted on the White House website. Whether or not Stockman has actually drafted a “bill” has yet to be announced, and an inquiry sent to Stockman’s press contact was not answered.
In his press release detailing the death threats, Klingenschmitt pointed out that RWW has taken his broadcasts in an unauthorized fashion, placed its website name on the upper-right corner, and used profanity to describe the type of death they want him to suffer.
“Sadly, Right Wing Watch fails to watch themselves, or censor death threats from their blog, making them an accessory after the fact. I asked RWW to delete their death threats, but so far they refuse, which makes me believe their blogger Kyle Mantyla and his supervisors at People for the American Way (including President Michael B. Keegan and Chairman Lara Bergthold) now encourage the assassination of pro-life Christian leaders,” Klingenschmitt said in his Friday newsletter.
“If such fate should befall me or anyone in my family, I hold RWW immediately responsible, yet I do pray that God will show mercy upon those who hate Christians, and soften their hearts to repent, so the Lord Jesus Christ will forgive their sins. I return their curses with a sincere prayer that God will bless them and save them from their sins and demons, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Increasingly in Obama’s America, Christians are being persecuted, marginalized, and fired from their jobs for even discussing their faith while Muslims are elevated. Those protesting Obama’s policies, fraudulent documentation or performance in office, including a rodeo clown, have been vilified. Also on Friday morning, Fox News reported that a 19-year Air Force Senior Master Sergeant was “relieved of his duties” and then discharged from the military as a result of his religious views.
Organizations such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation have called for Christians to pray privately rather than during public meetings.
As of press time, The Post & Email sent the following complaint to Right Wing Watch through its contact form:
As a member of the press, I am hereby filing a complaint against your organization for the death threats you have made against Pastor Gordon Klingenschmitt and Christians in general. I have published an article on the threats and the fact that you have refused to remove them from your YouTube channel, which violates federal law.
The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just those politically aligned with your viewpoint.
The Post & Email has contacted Klingenschmitt to request an interview.
Right Wing Watch is a division of People for the American Way.
Tags: Capt. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Christian persecution, death threats, First Amendment, Freedom from Religion Foundation, People for the American Way, Rep. Steve Stockman, Rep. Ted Yoho, Right Wing Watch, U.S. Navy