GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — A Navy chaplain has been reassigned after his commanding officer received complaints about the minister’s counseling on sexual morality.
The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, reports that Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been reassigned from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command pending a hearing on whether the Assemblies of God minister should be removed.
Capt. Jon Fahs, the commander of the training command located in Goose Creek just outside of Charleston, says Modder disregarded his inclusive duty as a chaplain.
But Modder’s attorney says the chaplain merely expressed views against premarital sex and homosexuality that are consistent with his church and biblical teaching.
Former military chaplain Ron Crews, who heads the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says Modder was responding to direct questions by the individual who then brought the accusations against him.
Modder’s resume includes service overseas, endorsement letters and work as a spiritual counselor to Navy SEALS. He is eligible to retire in September after 20 years of service.