The Chaplains of Hate

The Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches (CFGC) has been in the news lately, and not in a good way. They endorse approximately 270 chaplains in the United States military. Jim Ammerman runs the CFGC out of an office in his house. They seem to exist only to endorse chaplains, they do not serve any specific religious sect or congregation. This violates several of the rules regarding chaplain endorsing agencies. Talk2Action author, Chris Rodda, and MRFF have been investigating this story for the past month. The story finally bubbled up to Newsweek. MRFF weekly briefs also cover some of the articles. The MRFF also has sent a letter with 55 pages of supporting evidence to Secretary Gates and others.

From MRFF’s letter:

1. The Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches (CFGC), headed by retired Army Col. E.H. Jim Ammerman, which, according to its website, currently has over 270 chaplains and chaplain candidates in all branches of the military, habitually denigrates all religions and religious denominations except Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity. This denigration, which includes virulently anti-semitic and Islamophobic statements, as well as the deprecation of Catholicism and mainstream Protestantism, occurs in the CFGC’s chaplain newsletters, as well as in the speeches, media appearances, and videos of both Mr. Ammerman and a currently serving CFGC chaplain, Army Maj. James F. Linzey.

2. Both Mr. Ammerman and Maj. Linzey have made numerous statements against the government of the United States and certain government officials and departments, promoted civilian militia movements, and disseminated many conspiracy theories in an attempt to foment disloyalty to the government of the the United States among both civilians and military personnel. This type of activity has previously led to an investigation of Ammerman and CFGC, called for by Air Force Lt. Gen. Normand Lezy in 1997.

DoD Directive Number 1325.6, “Guidelines for Handling Dissident and Protest Activities Among Members of the Armed Forces,” cited in Lt. Gen. Lezy’s 1997 memorandum, states that “Military personnel must reject participation in organizations that espouse supremacist causes.” The Prophecy Club, an organization for which both Mr. Ammerman and Maj. Linzey have made videos, unquestionably espouses a supremacist cause. In addition, various statements made by both Mr. Ammerman and Maj. Linzey in their Prophecy Club videos, as well as in other forums, such as radio appearances and speeches, incontrovertibly violate one or more of the following statutory provisions found in Enclosure E1.2 of DoD Directive Number 1325.6.

3. According to the definition of a “Religious Organization” found in DoD Directive Number 1304.19, “Guidance for the Appointment of Chaplains for the Military Departments,” CFGC is not eligible to be authorized as an ecclesiastical endorser. CFGC is not an “entity that is organized and functions primarily to perform religious ministries to a non-military lay constituency.” CFGC, which is operated out of a house located in a residential neighborhood of Dallas, Texas zoned for single family homes, did not have a “non-military lay constituency” at the time of its founding, but was founded for the sole purpose of endorsing chaplains, and this continues to be its primary purpose to this day.

4. In a clear and blatant violation of CENTCOM’s General Order 1-A, which absolutely prohibits the proselytizing of any religion, faith or practice in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, a network of forty CFGC chaplains has engaged in the organized distribution in Iraq of Arabic language Bibles and other Arabic language fundamentalist Christian evangelizing materials to the Iraqi people. The violation of this explicitly prohibited activity by these forty CFGC chaplains was initiated, encouraged, and aided by Mr. Ammerman.

According to US Army Regulation 165-1 :

4–3. Professional status of chaplains
a. Army chaplains have a dual role as religious leaders and staff officers. Their duties are prescribed by law, DOD policy, Army regulations, religious requirements, and Army mission. In performing their duties, chaplains do not exercise command, but exercise staff supervision and functional direction of religious support personnel and activities (title 10, United States Code, section 3581).
b. The chaplain is a qualified and endorsed clergy person of a DOD recognized religious denomination or faith group.
c. Chaplains are noncombatants and will not bear arms.
d. The proper title for a chaplain is “chaplain” regardless of military rank or professional title. When addressed in writing, the chaplains rank will be indicated in parentheses (see AR 25–50 and AR 600–20).
e. Commanders will detail or assign chaplains only to duties related to their profession. Chaplains may perform unrelated duties in a temporary military emergency. Chaplains may volunteer to participate or cooperate in nonreligious
functions that contribute to the welfare of the command. Commanders will not—
(1) Detail a chaplain as an exchange, athletic, recreation, drug or alcohol, graves registration, welfare, morale, dining
facility, personal affairs, information, education, human relations, equal opportunity, next-of-kin notification, suicide prevention, or survivor assistance officer. However, in the event of the death of a chaplain, chaplain(s) will be appointed to assist Summary Court Officers in review of confidential records and personal effects when next-of-kin is present.
(2) Assign a chaplain as military judge, trial counsel, defense counsel, investigating officer, member of a courtmartial, or member or adviser to investigative boards of officers. Chaplains may be required, however, to conduct inquires into chaplain-related activities or incidents.
(3) Require a chaplain to serve in a capacity in which he or she may later be called upon to reveal privileged or sensitive information incident to such service.

Section 4b states that Army chaplains must come from a DoD recognized faith group. If the Wiccans can’t have an official chaplain in the Army, then some group operating from a guy’s home office shouldn’t be able to endorse chaplains either.

It starting to look like some of the worst offending chaplains have been endorsed by the CFGC. Our old friend Gordon Klingenschmidtt is still endorsed by this agency despite having been drummed out of the Navy with a courts-martial. Since 1993, this agency’s chaplains have participated in the following:

  1. Violated numerous service members’ constitutional rights.
  2. Made up conspiracy theories.
  3. Called for the violent overthrow of the United States government.
  4. Pushed white supremacy.
  5. Advocated for military members to ignore military rules.
  6. Denigrated other religions and those who are non-religious.
  7. Called for the execution of those they disagree with politically.

These chaplains have a virtual cornucopia of skills. [A virtual cornucopia of skills – Inside joke warning. Yes, I’ve actually used this phrase as a joke when writing officer ratings back when I was in the Air Force. We would try to see if we could get this phrase in an OER without anyone noticing. HehHehHeh]. CFCG chaplains have violated numerous service members constitutional rights regarding religious freedom. The CFGC seems only to exist as a chaplain endorsing agency according to the MRFF. What religious group to they represent? They seem to advocate a Christian Identity Militia type of religion, where white Christians are the “real Chosen people”.

Of course not all of the offending chaplains have come from the CFGC. Capt. Robert Nay was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks against Jewish chaplains in 2001. He was also accused of hanging up Nazi uniforms at a prayer breakfast where chaplain attendance was mandatory. The Army investigated and found Rabbi Goldman’s complaints were valid. I did a Google search on Chaplain Nay and found he is a member of the Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church. It can also be seen that instead of being courts-martialed, this man was promoted. This is not surprising since the chaplain leadership is almost exclusively extreme right-wing evangelists.

Here is a very long and detailed reading list for this story. These stories have to be read to be believed. The CFCG advocates the same type of conspiracy theories espoused by an insane co-worker I worked with during the mid 1990’s.

The chaplains of hate indeed.

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7 Replies to “The Chaplains of Hate”

  1. E,H. Jim Ammerman passed away May 17, 2011 right before turning 85 years old. Jim and Charlene had just had their 67th wedding anniversary. He had retired from Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches and moved to a retirement apartment complex in Cedar Hill, Texas about two years before he died.
    Col. Ammerman was the founder and director of Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches which endorsed chaplains in the military, prosons, fire stations and chaplains in industry. He did mission work in many countries around the world and started a seminary in South America which allowed protestant chaplains in to their military for the first time. Before this only Roman Catholics were allowed to be officers in the Venasuelan military.

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  2. E,H. Jim Ammerman passed away May 17, 2011 right before turning 85 years old. Jim and Charlene had just had their 67th wedding anniversary. He had retired from Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches and moved to a retirement apartment complex in Cedar Hill, Texas about two years before he died.
    Col. Ammerman was the founder and director of Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches which endorsed chaplains in the military, prosons, fire stations and chaplains in industry. He did mission work in many countries around the world and started a seminary in South America which allowed protestant chaplains in to their military for the first time. Before this only Roman Catholics were allowed to be officers in the Venasuelan military.

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  3. Colonel Ammerman, or shall I say “Apostle” Ammerman, was one of half a handful of “Honorary Lifetime Members” of the International Coalition of Apostles, a summit group of the
    New Apostolic Reformation was founded by “Apostles” C Peter Wagner and John P Kelly.
    ICA's members openly advocate 7 Mountains Dominionism–global domination by a network of Christianist oligarchs.

    This is the charismatic wing of the Mc Churches spawned by management guru Peter Drucker and his disciple, cable TV tycoon Bob Buford, who heads Leadership Network.

    More at Dominionism.org

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    1. Thanks for the info KJ. Sorry it’s been so long in replying. I put the blog to sleep for a while when moving from Edwards to Redstone Arsenal.

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  4. WOW
    The feeling are Strong. I am sorry you were hurt by a fellow human, or just don't like hyporicorcy. If it makes you feel any better I am a long way from winning that gold star.
    Here is the part that will get me thrown to the wolfs, (or Dragons of CONN) “JOKE”.
    KC not all of Jim's Chaplains were bad. I found a place for ALL to worship. Yes All you listed had a home and knew I as a Chaplain, person, and then yes Officer. Please understand I am Proud of “the freedom of and from Religion” & Worship that we have in this great nation you have.. Don,t Complain till you grown up under a man who was to smart for religion. I had seen most the world by seventh grade. Have good friends of no and most faiths, many you can not sit with it sounds like. Even Paul was able to open his heart to a group who were worshiping many
    gods,even one without a name! THAT IS WHO I BEND MY KNEES BEFORE I HIT SEND IN Sept 2016

    The legal if you had a case. But that military law will not fly. First as I don't know the rule of all future military Officers, it is clear your first author knew little of church law. Try Phd level work for a start, but it is boring.

    Here is the key. Ted Bunduy killed the girls at FSU. Security was hired. I met a christian girl. Knew no faith and study other faiths of the world,seen them in action.
    :the empty hole that nothing could fill —was sin's darkness from my life that was forgiven by Jesus SO OK THE OUT DOOR NUT WHO knows what a solar still is, now know GOD, & 30 way to set a human snare (which I can no longer use). I like the maker of black holes. God is God and no god is like him (yes for me to relate it's all or Nothing.God's Word is Truth. How is that for a narrow mind. But I still have not voted. just one DAV view.

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  5. Dominionism is what?

    Is it where a person of any faith or “NO FAITH AT ALL” can walk in and talk to the chaplain?
    Can your faith be from a small group and you need help finding prayer books or songs I may
    not like, will the chaplain still help? Yes it is our duty to care for our Nation's Warriors.
    Do we work on the flight line, in the field, in the air, in the chem suit– Yes there too.
    A good chaplain is like a good Leader of FAITH. The smart Chaplain wishes for you to grow and will look forward to many years of serves together in the military. I did not grow up with faith and I am the weaker for that loss. But I had a world view gained by travel with a Phd father and Mother who also taught on the Collage Level. Do not find this short but I got your same t-shirt when it was new. Sorry, I been where your at, back before many of you were born. You shout to loud into the wind. no one hears you.
    God is real and you will still worship the easterbunny.
    THE FORCE===meet God's Black Hole. GOD WINS!!! What can I say…… You still can not make one blade of grass. just one. now count the blades of grass from your house to “any” store . they all work! You and all mans nonfaith can not make just one grass blade. Do you feel empty yet, you dont have to. Just know the one who made your spirit made you to live at peace with Himself. Let the War be over,give him all your heavy bad deals, sin, junk, Jesus paid the price to set you free. He is the only sinless one who could. Accept Christ Now and be free of the sin that pulling down.

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    1. But the military chaplain serves all, not just people of the chaplain’s faith group. The chaplain is to serve the military member, not the other way around. The chaplain is not in charge, and is not the military member’s superior officer. The command structure should not be intertwined. But some chaplains don’t follow the rules and regulations. They think they know better.

      Dominionism is a belief in some of the more apostolic Christian groups that presumes to take dominion of the Earth and all of its inhabitants. They believe that once they have ruled the earth for 1000 years, Jesus will return. Though some sects believe that Jesus returns first and then they rule for 1000 years. Interestingly enough, the 3rd Reich believed they would rule a utopia for 1000 years as well. And some Dominionists also believe that unless others follow their version of Christianity or are killed is the only way Jesus is coming back. That should scare everyone, Christian or not.

      Elsewhere in this blog you will see a case of an Army chaplain who wrote a book encouraging commander to get “rid” of people who did not believe the same as the commander. That the commander should get rid of all “sin” in his unit. I, along with some others started researching this. There are probably 3 cases where a commander repeatedly ordered a non-believer to go on dangerous missions until they were killed. The non-believer was singled out for these missions time and time again. There are probably cases where the soldier survived long enough to transfer out of the unit.

      This is what happens when a chaplain serves his own mission over serving the military member. In addition, the chaplain we investigated, harassed women (wives of Army soldiers while their husbands were gone), and ran a porno web page on Adult Friend Finder. What hypocrisy. It took us six months to get the Pentagon to investigate and “retire” him from service. I had threatening letters from some of his friends show up in my email. It took a reply stating that a friend in the FBI might be interested to talk to them to get them to stop.

      I would advise you not to assume others spiritual states, after all, didn’t the founder of your religion say not to judge others as they would in turn be judged back? Chaplain McCoy, the Army chaplain we investigated, was full of judgement, we all saw what happened to him. Also presuming to know my inner thoughts and life experiences is the height of arrogance. Even I don’t do that to others on this blog, I only point out their behavior.

      But I think it amusing that the chaplain, Col. Ammerman, was removed from the website of the endorsing agency he ran for so many years. I guess he was too whacked out to remain on the site by the new leadership. They seem to be embarassed by him.

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