U.S. Army Threatened Over Chaplain’s Prayer to “Heavenly Father”

Christian News Network is reporting some very disturbing news about our Army being sued, all because one woman was offended:

Washington, D.C. – The United States Army is being threatened with a lawsuit after a chaplain allegedly prayed to the Heavenly Father during an event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, which offended an atheist soldier in attendance.

The Huffington Post reports that Staff Sergeant Victoria Gettman is unpleased with the response that she has received from her superiors in regard to complaints that she had lodged over the prayer, which was delivered last September. Gettman and a number of other soldiers were attending a mandatory suicide prevention session, which concluded with a prayer. The prayer itself was voluntary as soldiers were not required to participate.

Gettman states that she became offended because she believed it was obvious that the chaplain was delivering a Christian prayer.

“The chaplain said we have to have something bigger than ourselves. We need, and he stresses need, to have something divine in our life,” she said. “The entire theater was [then] forced into a mass Christian prayer. … I heard him refer to his ‘Heavenly Father’ and ‘Lord.’”

While Gettman acknowledged that the closing prayer was optional, she asserted that some of those in attendance may have been from other faiths and were not aware that they did not have to participate. She filed a complaint last year with the Army’s equal opportunity office and also discussed the matter with her superiors. However, Gettman has not been satisfied with the response she has received.

“After I had that meeting with the EO[A] — and I was so disgusted with the way he treated me that first time, I went to my leadership — I went to my first sergeant — and I told him the whole story,” Gettman told reporters. “A couple days later, he comes back to me and says it was just a miscommunication … I was horrified by that, too. It felt like I was being blown off.”

Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation then contacted the Army and demanded that the chaplain who delivered the prayer be disciplined and that the Army apologize to the soldiers that they had to endure a prayer that was made to the Heavenly Father. However, he was unhappy with the response he received as well.

Now, Weinstein is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Army on behalf of Gettman if he does not receive what he feels is an acceptable response.

The Army denies any wrongdoing.

“The Battalion Chaplain spoke to the companies gathered in the theater and he encouraged the young Soldiers to lean on a higher power in their journey through life,” it wrote in a statement in October of last year. “The chaplain’s prayer had no reference to any specific deity, and ended with the words, ‘through Your holy name.’ This is the same ending offered during each training course, graduation ceremony or other military-sponsored event.”

“The Army is cognizant of our soldiers’ religious freedoms, and would never violate their free exercise of religion or choice not to profess a religious faith,” it added

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2 Responses to U.S. Army Threatened Over Chaplain’s Prayer to “Heavenly Father”

  1. Sandy Sheltrow says:

    Once again, an Atheist demands to strip religious freedom from everybody else while making a name for her selfish self. This girl really needs to be prayed for. This is also an attack on our history as a nation founded on Judeo/Christian values. The Army Chaplaincy has been around since 1775 and serve a vital role. I have a lot of respect for any Chaplain who chooses to serve in our armed forces. I first realized these kinds of attacks on the chaplaincy when the regimental crest was changed in around 1993/4. It has been increasingly restricted ever sense. I support our Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants, pray for them and recognize the challenge they face.
    EPH 6:12
    The U.S. Army Chaplaincy provides religious support to America's Army while assisting commanders in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion for all Soldiers. In short, we nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the fallen. (Chapnet)
    I reference Army Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants because that is what I'm familiar with.
    I couldn't stay silent on this one.
    Pro Deo et Patria


  2. Chauncey Freeman says:

    When fascism comes to America it will be carrying a pink peace sign wrapped in the rainbow flag. Beware the enemy within. Beware the tyranny of the minority.

    A nation divided cannot stand and the anti-theist, neo-Trotskyite apostates who surrendered the faith of their fathers and their birthright for a bowl of pablum are no less than a trojan horse virus in the body of a once moral American military.

    The leftist fascists speak of tolerance and practice censorship, they preach diversity and practice viewpoint discrimination. They claim there is no God yet have a deep seated hatred of The One True God.

    Beware the enemy within. The only good news is that the enemies within are making themselves known by the out loud and proud banners they carry and when the internal strife and anarchy they are creating emerges it will be easy for the few good soldiers who are left to bring justice to the seditious, legalistic and litigious by nature domestic enemies who rot the dying body of Western Civilization and who live and breath to divide and conquer.

    The anti-theist's deep seated hatred of The One True God is the greatest evidence of His existence. If there were no God there would be no atheists.

    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
    Attributed. 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate


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