Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt, a disgraced former Navy chaplain, instructed his followers to arm themselves from “left winged crazies” after the shooting at the Fed-Ex Store in Suburban Atlanta. Klingenschmitt said that because of the gun-free zone, people died. The employees could not defend themselves…which is a violation of the Second Amendment…even though the Second Amendment does not apply in a private corporation.
Klingenschmitt’s justification for having firearms is to defend against the enemies. Klingenschmitt stated that the Jews were ill-prepared because the people of Israel had been disarmed and could not defend themselves against an invasion…as per Judges 5:8.
Klingenschmitt said that during WWII, the Japanese never invaded California because we had guns. If Klingenschmitt knew anything about history, Japan never had the intention to attack the U.S. mainland. The goal of the Pearl Harbor raid was to devastate the American Pacific Fleet to an extent that it would not be able to counter-attack while the Japanese moved into Malaysia, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies.
Japan hoped that their empire would be protected by a chain of island outposts throughout the central Pacific and that the Americans would quickly tire of a bloody campaign and sue for peace, according to Richard K. Betts’ ’Surprise Attack: Lessons for Defense Planning.’
Japan never had any intentions of going to war, and to quote Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto:
“A military man can scarcely pride himself on having ‘smitten a sleeping enemy’; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack.”
Admiral Yamamoto knew that the attack on Pearl Harbor was suicidal, but to attack California as Klingenschmitt posited? If Japan did attack California, the entire Navy would have been ashes in mere hours.
Still it makes me wonder if Klingenschmitt truly believes in the Bible and God, when he spews his message. I mean, Psalm 23 vs. 4 reads:
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Apparently, Klingenschmitt seems to have little faith in who he calls his deity, because, God supposedly should have protected the employees from the shooter who eventually killed himself and the bullets should have bounced off the victims or a force field of angels should have protected those who died (full disclosure: I’m an atheist) but apparently, God thought the death may have been fine, and Klingenschmitt should be praising the handiwork of God.
The stupidity of Klingenschmitt would be funny and I would have poo-poo his silliness on your typical money-grubbing evangelical looking to line his pockets with the hard-earned income of the retired or working class people.
Klingenschmitt has declared war on liberals and will not be satisfied unless we convert from (choose your faith or lack of) to a right-winged Christian extremists belief…not unlike what the Taliban has done in Afghanistan. Klingenschmitt’s anger and disdain is nothing new, In 2006, Klingenschmitt was found guilty of disobeying an order. He was in front of the White House protesting in full uniform, because Klingenschmitt wanted the Bush administration to issue an executive order guaranteeing the right of chaplains to pray “in the name of Jesus” and not use a generic prayer, according to the Washington Post.
Today, Klingenschmitt wants everyone to carry a firearm and possibly want the right-winged gun nuts to end liberalism as we know it. It’s because of us, the military is not incorporating “in the name of Jesus” in prayers.
Klingenschmitt’s rant is nothing new and is a waste of time, but with the decision by the SCOTUS to allow ALL faith to pray in a public setting and with more than 200 religions in the U.S., being a lefty is become a lot of detrimental to one’s health…especially if you’re not a protestant or you’re an: atheist, agnostic, Humanist, Pagan and so on.
Tim’s first experience into journalism was at East Los Angeles College. Then Tim was a stringer for a local Japanese American Newspaper in Los Angeles. He then completed his Bachelors in Business and RECEIVED his MBA, but his desire to seek the truth has not been assuaged by fear of the 1% or their followers. When Tim isn’t doing his liberal thing, he enjoys sitting back, relaxing and listening to Rush…the band folks!