Missouri Family E-News

March 31, 2015

Military Chaplain Booted for Christian Beliefs

A veteran Navy chaplain has been relieved of his duties because he shared the Bible's teachings on sexual morality with fellow service members.

Lt. Commander Wes Modder, a chaplain at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina, has been charged with "discriminatory" conduct.

Modder says he was repeatedly asked questions by his assistant about homosexuality.  Modder responded by addressing what the Bible says about sexual activity outside of marriage. 

It turns out that the junior officer is involved in a same-sex union with another man.  His assistant secretly went through Modder's counseling files and then filed a complaint with Navy brass.

Shortly thereafter, Modder was served with a five-page notice by Navy equal opportunity officers. Modder's commanding officer, Captain John Fahs, stated that Modder "discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds."

The complaint further stated that Modder failed to uphold "the professional standards of conduct and the guiding principles of the Chaplain Corps...You have the duty to be sensitive to the religious, moral, cultural, and personal differences of those you serve."

Just five months before, Captain Fahs had praised Modder in his employee review as "the best of the best" and "a consummate professional leader."

Lt. Commander Modder, who is an Assemblies of God chaplain, now faces a detachment for cause action before the Navy Personnel Command.  A 19-year veteran of the Navy, he says he has no choice but to fight his ouster.

"Navy culture has changed, and Navy policy has changed...but God's word has not changed," Modder says.  "As a Christian minister, I will provide a Biblical response in counseling sessions...and that's not going to change."

"Every fiber in my being wants to run away from this," Modder says.  "But if I do I'm not being obedient to the Lord.  I need to stand up for righteousness and this is something I cannot walk away from."

Modder says the Navy's actions are "insulting and devastating," but not altogether unsurprising.  He says when he first arrived at the base that he was told not to pray in the name of Jesus when delivering an invocation at a graduation.

Chaplain Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says that the action against Modder violate Pentagon guidelines and federal law.

"The Navy expects chaplains to provide counsel according to the tenets of their faith.  No disciplinary action can cite his religious views or his verbalization of them as a cause for the action."

"No Americans, especially those who fight to protect our freedoms, should have to fear they will be unjustly scrutinized simply for speaking about their sincerely held Biblical beliefs," Crews added.

Before he became a Navy chaplain, Modder served in the Marines, including assignments with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Naval Special Warfare Command.  In the latter capacity, he was the Force Chaplain for the Navy SEALs.

The Family Research Council has organized a petition calling for Modder's reinstatement.  Over 100,000 Americans have signed the petition so far.  You can add your name by using this link:
Wes Modder Petition


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Catholic Teacher Fired
for Speaking out in Defense of Marriage 

A longtime Catholic high school teacher in New Jersey is losing her job because of her support for the institution of marriage and the traditional family.  Patricia Januzzi will not be back next year at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, because she dared to speak out against redefining marriage to include same-sex unions.

Januzzi has taught theology for the last 30 years at Immaculata.  She came under fire from school administrators after she posted comments on her personal Facebook page opposing action by the federal courts to mandate so-called same-sex "marriage."

Januzzi took issue with the legal argument that same-sex "couples" are entitled to be "married" under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.  She correctly pointed out that "equal protection" guarantees have always applied to "unchangeable characteristics" such as race and disability.

In her Facebook post, Januzzi deplored recent vile attacks by homosexual activists against Dr. Ben Carson.  A prominent conservative speaker who is considering a presidential bid, Carson has stated that homosexual conduct is a behavioral choice.  Radical homosexual leader Dan Savage responded by issuing an obscene and disgusting challenge to Carson which we won't reprint here.

In her Facebook post, Januzzi expressed concern that redefining marriage to exclude a mother or a father would "reengineer Western civilization into a slow extinction."  "We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of children and humanity," she wrote.

A graduate of Immaculata quickly worked with other alumni to begin a campaign to remove Januzzi, and enlisted the prominent support of his relative, liberal actress Susan Sarandon.  Soon Januzzi was being viciously attacked for promoting "hate speech." "Gay rights" activists called her a "nightmare human dumpster."  One Immaculata alumnus called her "a religious fanatic," despite the fact that her views are an accurate expression of Catholic theology and doctrine.

Administrators at Immacolata responded by suspending Januzzi and ordering her to deactivate her Facebook account.  They have now informed her that they will not be renewing her teaching contract for the coming year.  In a statement, the school said Januzzi's comments did not reflect the "philosophy or mission" of the high school, even though they are thoroughly consistent with Catholic teaching.

In taking Januzzi to task, Principal Jean Kline said the school would not tolerate "discrimination of any kind."  She said that Immacolata's philosophy "is one of inclusion rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ."  Kline did not expound on where in the teachings of Jesus Christ He included approval of homosexual conduct and the reordering of God's design for the family.

Instead of coming to the defense of a faithful Catholic teacher, Bishop Paul Bootkoski joined the verbal assault on Januzzi.  Bootkoski accused her of making "harsh, judgmental, and disturbing" statements "that do not reflect the Church's teachings of acceptance."  Bootkoski did not explain where in the teachings of the Catholic Church there is acceptance of sexual immorality and the perversion of marriage, or why he had chosen to make harsh, judgmental, and disturbing statements about Januzzi.
The Catholic diocese of Metuchen has apparently had a major change of heart with regard to Januzzi.  In 2012 the Bishop of Metuchen presented her with the Regina Nostra medal "because of her love and devotion to Immaculata High School."  She was commended for her campus ministry and volunteer activities, and her leadership in inspiring students to help the needy and less fortunate.

Conservative commentator Rod Dreher reacted to the cruel irony of Januzzi's fate. "This is a Catholic school that answers to a Catholic bishop canning a Catholic teacher for holding Catholic opinions that run contrary to the spirit of the age.  And it will have been carried out by a Catholic bishop who is more afraid of mouthy celebrities than he is loyal to his people or his principles."

Robert George, a prominent Catholic constitutional lawyer at Princeton, took to his own Facebook page to call on parents and alumni at Immaculata to boycott the school's fundraisers until Januzzi is reinstated.

"It's up to you whether the liberal actress Susan Sarandon and her ilk will dictate to the Church who can and cannot teach in Catholic schools and what members of Catholic school faculties can think and say.  The administration of the school, by removing a faithful and and beloved Catholic teacher, will have shown that it is not a fit place for your children."

The children of Januzzi, who is a recent breast cancer survivor, have started up an online fundraising website at YouCaring.com to raise money to support the family.  Over $32,000 has been raised so far.  The children expressed skepticism that their mother would find another teaching position in a Catholic school because of the brutal media attacks on her character.

The appeal reads:  "Our family is about to lose our health benefits.  Our mother has recently battled breast cancer without missing a single day of teaching, except for the day of her operation.  In addition, we have home, insurance, automobile, and many other family expenses including educational expenses for two teenage sons."

We encourage you to send a message to Patricia Januzzi and her family to express your support and admiration for her courageous stand on behalf of the sanctity of marriage and the integrity of the family.  You can do so by emailing her at faithtruthfamily@gmail.com

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