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FOX News Continues Its Crusade To Force The World To Be More Christian

Reported by Ellen - January 6, 2006

Developing: One of last night’s (1/5/06) guests on Hannity & Colmes was a Navy chaplain, Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who is on a hunger strike until, as FOX News puts it, “President Bush signs an executive order allowing military chaplains to pray according to their beliefs.” What that really means, as Alan Colmes brought out, is that the Navy wants him to be non-denominational in his public remarks. But on FOX News, non-denominational is demonized as anti-Christian.

A Navy spokesperson said that rules governing Navy chaplains do not limit what they can say during religious ceremonies but do specify that chaplains should “focus on practices the faiths have in common” when speaking at secular and public events.

But that’s not good enough for Klingenschmitt, who demanded that he be able to pray the way he wants (i.e. to Jesus) nor for Sean Hanctimonious who declared (without offering any proof) that Klingenschmitt was perfectly within his rights. No spokesperson for the Navy was on the show.

An article on the Navy’s Stars and Stripes indicates that Klingenschmitt may be a bit of a nut (another in the stable of questionable spokespeople on FNC).

He believes his superiors are working toward discharging him from the service and the chaplain’s corps, and has filed a lawsuit against the Navy to keep his post. His contract runs out Dec. 31, and he said officials will not provide the necessary paperwork for him to continue in the chaplain’s role.

Navy spokesman Lt. William Marks said Klingenschmitt is still an active-duty sailor in good standing, has no disciplinary action pending, and has not received any punishment for language used in public forums. He would not comment on the paperwork accusation.

Both Hannity and Colmes tried to pin Klingenschmitt down as to how far he would really, truly take his hunger strike, but he refused to commit.

The Hannity & Colmes webpage for last night indicates that a discussion had been planned about "who's to blame for the West Virginia mining disaster with an attorney who has prosecuted mine violations in Kentucky." But that discussion never appeared and this one, not mentioned on the site, did. Which one is more important news?

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