During my 22 years in the US Army, I never saw or heard a Chaplain receive a no contact from ministering to members of his unit.

Via The Blaze

The ongoing battle between a celebrated Navy chaplain and his commanding officer continued this week, with the embattled faith leader reportedly being issued a “no contact” order that precludes him from ministering to members of his unit.

Chaplain Wes Modder was already reassigned following complaints from sailors who charged that he offended them by making faith-based proclamations about homosexuality and premarital sex during closed-door discussions

Now, the Liberty Institute, the conservative legal firm that is representing Modder, is claiming that his commanding officer, Captain Jon R. Fahs, has issued a “no contact” order, which the organization described as “the military version of a restraining order.”

The order, which the firm is dismissing as an effort to “humiliate” Modder, effectively bans him from ministering to any sailors in his unit. It reportedly came after a member of the unit unexpectedly died, forbidding the chaplain from offering spiritual care to those who worked with the deceased individual, and from having a presence on the base on the day of the memorial service.

This Navy official is using the ‘no contact’ order as a weapon to punish and humiliate a decorated military chaplain,” Michael Berry, senior counsel for the Liberty Institute, said in a statement. “I am stunned that he would deny Chaplain Modder the ability to minister to a grieving family and other sailors.”

These claims come just days after the Liberty Institute accused the Navy of violating federal law by refusing to grant Modder’s request for religious accommodation, as he faces the potential threat of termination. The legal firm has charged that Modder is being threatened with “career-ending punishment because he expressed faith-based beliefs in private counseling sessions with sailors.”

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