In a recent interview, a newly retired Navy chaplain, Wes Modder said that the military has become openly hostile to Christianity.
Wes Modder, who had served in the military for 20 years, shared his experience with the military’s intolerance of Christian beliefs.
He said that Christians need to understand if they remain in uniform, they will be attacked by military officials hostile to their beliefs. Modder believes discrimination against Christians in the military will only get worse.
The problem is even worse for Christians just now joining the military.
“If you’re a Christian and you come into the military today, it’s going to be difficult for you,” Modder added.
Modder was serving at the Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, with regard from his superiors, but that all changed in 2014.
The Navy attempted to fire Modder in 2015, alleging that he did not conduct himself properly “in [a] diverse and pluralistic environment.”
Modder was almost fired after a gay lieutenant junior grade officer poked and prodded him during private counseling sessions to answer questions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The man, along with a liberal United Methodist chaplain, used the comments Modder had made regarding his beliefs on homosexuality to land him in trouble.
Even Modder’s commander who had previously referred to him as “the best of the best,” turned against him and accused him of discriminating against others.
At the time, Modder had no idea the officer was gay.
“I came to find out later that he was a gay activist, and I was targeted,” Modder told OneNewsNow. “And, of course, the chaplain I was working with at this Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston — she was a very liberal United Methodist command chaplain. She decided to escalate it, brought charges that I was intolerant [and] not able to function in a diverse pluralistic environment.”
The officer then carefully noted the answers provided and used them to build a case against Modder, who previously had earned high praise from his commander officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs, namely that as a chaplain he was “the best of the best.”
Five months later, Fahs turned on Modder and said he discriminated against his students, creating an open controversy about religious freedom in the military.
With a complaint in hand from Equal Opportunity representatives, the Navy removed Modder from his duties.
The Navy attempted to fire the chaplain, but ultimately, the case against Modder didn’t hold up and his lawyer was able to negotiate Modder’s honorable discharge and retirement, but Modder believes the conflict of religious liberty in the military has only begun and that many others will face similar intolerance as for their Christian beliefs.