Friday, April 24, 2015

Controversial Former Navy Chaplain Now Running For Colorado State Senate

Former Navy chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who gained national attention for his long-running battle with the military over regulations requiring chaplains to deliver inclusive prayers at military events (see prior posting), is back in the news. Klingenschmitt, who hosts a national religious television show under the pseudonym "Dr. Chaps," was elected to the Colorado state House of Representatives last November. Last month, Klingenschmitt was removed by the House Republican leader from the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee after Klingenschmitt suggested on his TV show that the brutal attack on a pregnant Longmont, Colorado woman was "the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb." (Denver Post, March 31).

The Colorado Independent published an interview with Klingenschmitt yesterday discussing Klingenschmitt's decision to run in 2016 for State Senate. Asked how he made the decision to run, Klingenschmitt responded in part:
I went on a three-day, water-only fast, day and night for 72 hours, and I prayed....  At the end of that time, I was reading in the Bible in Joshua, chapter one, where God blessed Joshua and told him, ‘Everywhere you set your foot you will claim as your territory.’ He was talking about ancient Israel. I was inspired by that.
It reminded me of many of the volunteers who knocked on doors for me in my previous campaign and maybe in my future campaign. Everywhere they set their foot, every time they knocked on a door, whether for me or another candidate, those citizens are taking back their territory. They are making a political claim, and almost a spiritual claim, on how they’re going to be represented in the Capitol here.....