Retired Navy chaplain Wes Modder said on May 2 that he felt "betrayed" by his country when he faced a potential discharge for allegedly making anti-homosexual statements and other controversial comments during counseling sessions.
Modder made his assertions during part of a webcast by the Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC), notes The Christian Post.
The FRC was trying to round up support for President Donald Trump's expected executive order that could allow people to discriminate against the LGBT community in the name of religious freedom.
"I was shocked," Modder told FRC president Tony Perkins. "I felt betrayed by my country and by the Navy. I had to stop and pause and think to myself, 'Why did this happen to me? I am providing good, Biblical worldview-based counseling and private sessions with my assistant, voluntarily.'"
Modder insisted that the "issue was [that] the government was not invited into my conscience," and added: "As an ordained minister, I am going to give that Biblical worldview. That doesn't mean that I am not caring for people, not able to function in a diverse, pluralistic environment. [I am] certain God sees a value in every person."
Modder went on to say: "The greatest gift as a chaplain that I can give is being truthful and honest with people."
Modder was issued a "detachment for cause" letter in February 2015 that said he was "intolerant" and "unable to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment" during counseling sessions at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina, the Military Times reported in September 2015.
In his "detachment for cause" letter, Navy Capt. Jon Fahs said that Modder provided inappropriate counseling to sailors. He reportedly told a female that she was "shaming herself in the eyes of god" by engaging in sex while not being married; told another person that homosexuality was wrong and that "the penis was meant for the vagina and not for the anus"; suggested that Modder could "save" homosexuals, and "berated" a student for getting pregnant while unwed.
However, a review by the Navy Personnel Command said that the "evidence of substandard performance in this case does not meet the standard of gross negligence or complete disregard for duty."
Top Navy officials told the Military Times that there was a lack of evidence due to the confidential nature of counseling between a chaplain (Modder) and service members.
"In fact, I was following the Biblical mandate," Modder insisted during the FRC webcast. "Now, we have strategic instructions that are counterintuitive to Scripture. So there is conflict there," notes The Christian Post.
Sources: The Christian Post, Military Times / Photo credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tammy Hineline/Wikimedia Commons