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Wes Modder holds several noteworthy titles – Reverend, Doctor, husband, father. And two more: Chaplain and Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy.

Chaplain Modder served as a Marine in the 1980s but left to pursue his calling as a pastor. He later returned to the military to serve as a pastor to some of our country’s finest but most hard-pressed men and women, those who wear the uniform of the United States, and to their families.

Yet now, after serving faithfully for 19 years, Chaplain Modder has been “hauled before representatives of the military's Equal Opportunity board for holding biblical views on marriage and sexuality.”

This would be bad enough, but it gets worse: “In continued defiance of federal law, a U.S. Navy official denied ... Chaplain Wes Modder’s request for religious accommodation this week. Although Chaplain Modder’s Marine and Navy SEAL commanders have called him ‘a national asset’ and ‘the best of the best,’ Navy officials are threatening Chaplain Modder with career-ending punishment because he expressed faith-based beliefs in private counseling sessions with sailors.”

With our friends at the Liberty Institute, FRC is standing with the Chaplain. More than 100,000 people have signed our petition calling on the Secretaries of Defense and the Navy to “restore Chaplain Modder and ensure that his religious freedom is secure.”

Please sign our petition and join us in defending this American hero. Religious liberty is our first freedom, because without it, none of our other freedoms is possible. Wes Modder understands this. Let’s hope we all do.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. On Wednesday, April 1 be sure to come to FRC or watch online as the Institute for Religion and Democracy’s Chelsen Vicari talks about her recent book, Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Register for the event (at no charge) and join us next week!


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