CWNews says Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt was “disciplined for praying ‘in Jesus’ name.'”
In fact, Klingenschmitt was disciplined because he chose to create a media circus, and wore his uniform in media appearances without permission, violating very explicit orders that told him he must not.
On the issue of prayer, and the rights of chaplains, the military chaplaincies have long maintained the right–even the obligation–of chaplains to minister in accordance with the tenets of their faith. Chaplains are endorsed by their denomination and represent it and serve the members of that faith in individual counseling and in denomination specific worship services.
But chaplains are also command officers, with a staff role; this staff role sometimes includes prayer at command ceremonies. In these functions of “civil religion,” the chaplain is expected to pray in an “inclusive” manner–he’s not at that function to have a platform for pushing his own faith. It is customary, not mandatory, for prayer to take place at these, and a chaplain who cannot pray in an “inclusive” way, because of the dictates of his conscience, can politely and respectfully decline.
This fellow chose to use this as an opportunity to grandstand.