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by Sharon Rondeau

Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt sacrificed a military career to stand up for his deeply-held religious convictions which include freedom to “Pray in Jesus’ name” in public

(Aug. 16, 2013) — Dr. Gordon (Chaps) Klingenschmitt, who runs an online ministry with a YouTube channel and daily newsletters, spoke with The Post & Email at 12:10 p.m. EDT on Friday regarding online death threats against him made by members of the group Right Wing Watch.

In this morning’s newsletter, Pastor Klingenschmitt asked for media coverage, to which The Post & Email responded shortly after 7:00 a.m. EDT to ask for an interview.

Klingenschmitt told The Post & Email that he contacted Right Wing Watch but had not received notification from them or its parent agency, People for the American Way, that any action had been taken to remove the posts.

Klingenschmitt said he first learned of the threats at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time on Friday and sent out the newsletter detailing them at about 3:00 a.m.

A total of six commenters left threatening posts, one of whom wrote that Klingenschmitt “needs a .45 caliber renovation.”

“Those kinds of internet posts are inappropriate, and they’re not safe,” Klingenschmitt said.  He said he is taking the threats “very seriously” and has called the FBI.

Two of the posters asked, “Can we murder this guy?” Klingenschmitt reported.

“Right now they’ve had more than three business hours to act, and they’ve refused to act.  The posts are still there, and I’m going to start calling authorities.  They can have an opinion, but sadly, they’re now threatening to murder me.  Death threats do not fall under the First Amendment.”

Klingenschmitt said he is asking the leadership of People for the American Way, and specifically, President Michael B. Keegan and Chairman Lara Bergthold, to see that the posts are removed.  “They are now accessories after the fact,” he said.  “They are complicit in this.  They are allowing their people to call for the assassination of ‘right-wing’ leaders.  I don’t think that’s in their charter; it’s not what their donors want, and they will held accountable to the law.”

During the interview, Klingenschmitt called People for the American Way at 202-467-4999.  The call can be heard here:  DM420653_B_A and is truncated only to redact Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s telephone number.

Klingenschmitt said that his friends and family “are very concerned” about the threats.

The Post & Email has not received a response to its complaint sent to People for the American Way via the contact form at Right Wing Watch’s website.

PFAW President Michael Keegan has written columns for The Huffington Post.

Update, 2:50 p.m. EDT:  The Post & Email contacted People for the American Way, connecting with its press office.  We left a message for Miranda Blue inquiring as to the position of PFAW on the death threats made against Dr. Klingenschmitt and whether or not they plan on removing them.

RWW routinely places its website name on Klingenschmitt’s videos without obtaining permission.

One commenter urged anyone who has seen the threats to Klingenschmitt to report them to authorities:

As of 3:08 p.m. EDT, the threats remained but cannot be reproduced here because of their heavy profanity and racism.  The comments at the site often contain obscenities.

At 3:13 p.m. EDT, The Post & Email recontacted RWW through its contact form and included the above threat, asking if the organization planned on taking any action.

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  1. When the Muslims start burning Christian Churches here, that’s when the violence will start it all rolling. Just as in Egypt, they will push for Jihad and then you will see the Veterans and American people stand up. Till then, it looks like the old tit-a-tat will continue and Obama will roll into his $35 million dollar retirement mansion in Hawaii after he leaves office. At this point, we have seen how they have blocked every legal channel to prosecute them and threatened all the judicial and many families not to stamp any criminal case against them to reach Discovery. Without Discovery we will not see any prosecution to stop them and possibly after they leave office also. The gridlock was well planned; much of it was from orders given by Hillary for the illegal “no standing” message to the Judicial. Don’t be surprised if Christianity becomes a crime to give way to Islam. Why do you think they want to take away all the guns? The DNC will get votes at any cost, even if it means transforming America into a second or third world country, bringing in aliens from everywhere and putting them on public assistance to keep the votes rolling from the aliens. We seem to be getting closer, especially when you look at DC and how the people have no connection to anyone serving there and they are ignored anyway. Only a fool would not believe what is happening here or they are on their side. America will soon be another USSR Soviet Bloc; it’s already in DC protecting a faux POTUS, criminal assistants and power/money-hungry newbies just arriving at the big party in DC. They are running out of tokens on this merry-go-round ride, folks. The blue-collar people see it every day but middle and upper class America are in for the big surprise as things soon start to collapse from the theft and ignorance that is covering America. They won’t be able to pretend or hide behind the wealth they have as Obama will slowly wash away the pillars of the very foundations that once were America’s strength. Are you ready for Hillary in 2016?