When you are a liberal who doesn’t care for Christianity or the name of Christ little problems tend to arise when you hear someone speak the name of Jesus or pray ‘in Jesus name.’ And when you’re a liberal with political power, you tend to think that you have the right to punish anyone with different views than your own.
There’s a story resurfacing from 2008 in which Governor Tom Kaine oversaw the Virginia State Police Super Intendent implement a law that would prohibit police chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus during public events. They were directed to pray general prayers so as to not offend anyone.
When the story originally broke it was reported that chaplains were fired over this, when in actuality they resigned over the matter. Nonetheless Kaine attempted to lump himself in with victimization while he sat in approval the entire matter from the get go.
Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt is another Chaplain who was fired for daring to pray, “in the name of Jesus,” back in 2007. He spoke up to support his fellow brother’s in Christ:
“Governor Kaine campaigned like a Christian to get our votes. But now, instead of governing like a Christian, or respecting his own chaplains’ First Amendment rights, his administration forced the resignation of five police chaplains, simply because they prayed publicly ‘in Jesus’ name.’ These five chaplains lost their jobs for honoring Christ. They’re heroes of the faith, because they refused to deny Jesus when ordered to by the Kaine administration.”
It’s another example of how politicians will say anything they need to at any given moment to keep their political power.
The silver lining to this story is that although this original debacle took place in 2008, by 2010 the law prohibiting prayer “in the name of Jesus” was repealed.