It really takes a special kind of low-life to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor.

Last December, a gay officer took offense at a Christian chaplain’s take on homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, was accused of discrimination and failing to show tolerance and respect, among other things.

Just a few months earlier, Modder’s commander had called him the “best of the best” and a “consummate professional leader.” But now he’s on the verge of being kicked out of the military.

Modder was relieved of his duties and temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of an investigation. The Navy has since denied the chaplain’s request to be reinstated for religious accommodation.

So that brings us to an incident that occurred last week, when a sailor in Modder’s previous unit unexpectedly died.

Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry tells me Modder was about to reach out to the sailor’s grieving family when a member of the command stopped him.

He was slapped with a “no contact” order – the Navy’s version of a restraining order – banning him from providing counsel or ministering to any members of his unit.

"This Navy official is using the ‘no contact’ order as a weapon to punish and humiliate a decorated military chaplain," Berry said. "To deny Chaplain Modder of the ability to minister to a grieving family and other sailors is deplorable."

The Navy went so far as to banish Modder from the base on the day of the sailor’s memorial service. The chaplain said that was adding, “insult to injury.”

"One of the most important things chaplains do is to provide comfort and care after a tragic death," Modder said. "I am heartbroken for the family, and yet the Navy won’t allow me to do my job of helping them grieve and mourn."

It’s beyond me why the Navy would treat a Marine and highly decorated chaplain with such derision. This is a man who was deployed multiple times during the War on Terror. This is a man who once led chaplains who ministered to Navy SEALs.

Tens of thousands of Americans have petitioned the Pentagon to reinstate Modder, and a number of high profile-political and religious figures – including Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, Franklin Graham and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins – have offered their support.


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The FBI and US Navy are investigating how military-grade equipment – including night vision devices, thermal binoculars and thermal imagers – ended up for sale on civilian websites such as eBay, Craigslist and

 In the course of the investigation by the FBI and the Navy’s  Criminal Investigation Service, the Pentagon admitted it had lost  track of some equipment from a $750 million program meant to be  used by US forces to locate improvised explosive devices,  according to a document released by The Intercept

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