A highly decorated veteran and chaplain might be tossed from the military as a result of accusations that he is incapable of functioning “in [a] diverse and pluralistic environment,” according to a memo obtained exclusively by Fox News.
The memo, written by Capt. Jon R. Fahs, marks a bizarre shift from just five months ago. Fahs declared that Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder, endorsed by the Assemblies of God, was “the best of the best,” as evidenced by his 19 years of service, work as a chaplain and exemplary record in the Marine Corps. In November of 2014, an Lt. j.g. grade officer, who is gay and currently married to another man, joined Modder’s office and proceeded to prod Modder to divulge details about his views on homosexuality.
During this period of questioning, the officer was gathering and cataloging information to build a case against the chaplain who in the past has ministered to Navy SEALS.
Only a month later in December, Equal Opportunity representatives paid Modder a visit, delivering a five-page complaint, which detailed concerns about Modder’s views on marriage, pre-marital sex and masturbation, among other things. Modder was immediately removed from duties, with no defense allowed.
“To be clear, Chaplain Modder does not dispute that during private, one-on-one pastoral care and counseling sessions, he expressed his sincerely held religious belief that: sexual acts outside of marriage are contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual behavior is contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual orientation or temptation, as distinct from conduct, is not sin,” Michael Berry, a lawyer with the Liberty Institute, told Fox News.