After the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that wedding photographers may not refuse to offer their services to gay couples, a former Navy chaplain known for his extreme views believes he has come up with a workaround.
Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, known as “Chaps,” suggested on a recent online evangelical broadcast that wedding photographers include a Biblical passage implying that homosexuals should be killed on their business cards, which is then stamped on the back of all wedding photos.
The passage suggested by Klingenschmitt, Romans 1:32, reads, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
“We’re just exercising freedom of the press. Let’s see if they can prosecute that,” said Klingenschmitt (pictured).
The ex-chaplain has long been a controversial figure. In 2006 he pushed president George W. Bush to issue an executive order that would allow Chaplains to pray “in the name of Jesus” in public, ceremonial settings, an order which if enacted, would appear to contradict the Constitutional edict against government favoring an establishment of religion.
When Bush refused, Klingenschmitt joined a public protest in full Navy uniform, violating the Navy's ban against wearing its uniform to political events. The chaplain was court-martialled, found guilty and left the Navy soon after.
After Texas State Senator Wendy Davis made national headlines with her one-person, 13-hour filibuster blocking an anti-abortion law in that state, Klingenschmitt declared that Davis was “ruled by a demon of murder” and should be proscecuted for “having facilitated so many abortions in her own state.”
The ex-Chaplain has stated his belief that “nobody’s born a homosexual,” and that gays only become so due to “marketing.”
He has explained the presence of homosexuality in the animal kingdom as the result of “demons or the devil” possessing animals.
SOURCES: The Raw Story (2), Right Wing Watch, The Washington Post