Military chaplain attacked for pastor John Piper's e-book & # 39; Coronavirus and Christ & # 39; had shared
In this file photo, U.S. soldiers gather for a service at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.(Photo: Facebook / Jose M. Rondon)
A U.S. Army chaplain was attacked for sharing Pastor John Piper's new book "Coronavirus and Christ" demanding that he be brought to justice.
Violent calls have been made to discipline Colonel Moon H. Kim, U.S. Army commander Garrison Humphreys in South Korea.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a national legal organization campaigning for a strict separation of church and state in the military, has contacted US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and demanded that Chaplain Kim be punished. They are outraged after Kim sent an email with a PDF copy of John Piper's new book "Coronavirus and Christ" from his official military email address to 35 other chaplains.
MRFF says it represents 22 customers who are all Christians who are upset with Kim's email. Some of the 22 are members of the LGBT community who say they "do not subscribe to John Piper's ultra-conservative / reformed / evangelical Christian theology."
One section of Piper’s book states, "Some people will be infected with the corona virus because of their sinful attitudes and actions as a specific judgment of God."
In Kim's email to his fellow chaplains, he wrote: "This book has helped me realign my sacred calling to my Savior Jesus Christ to become strong. Hopefully this little booklet would benefit you and your soldiers, your families, and others They serve, help. "
MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein has insisted that Kim's email is an absolute confirmation of Pastor John Piper's entire book and the teachings it contains, and that the book "urges the belief that the coronavirus is God's judgment."
Weinstein argues that Kaplan Kim's email was sent to his subordinate chaplains and that he was a "man in a position of considerable power and influence over them".
According to the MRFF, the email therefore violated the Department of Defense's and Army's guidelines on equal opportunities in employment.
Meanwhile, Mike Berry, General Counsel of the First Liberty Institute, an organization that defends military First Amendment rights, has argued otherwise that Chaplain Kim was right to send the email.
Berry said: "The MRFF is not just going overboard; it is showing its true face by asking the Pentagon to punish a chaplain for his constitutionally protected activities."
He added: "Congress has recently taken repeated measures to protect the chaplains to share their religious beliefs."
"The constitution and federal law protect chaplains (and members of the ministry) who share their religious beliefs," said Berry. "Our brave service members should be offended that Mikey Weinstein thinks they are so sensitive and frail that they are unable to hear anything they may disagree with. On the contrary, the vast majority of service members that I worked with, whether senior or subordinate, were smart enough to make my own decisions. "
The First Liberty Institute has said it is ready to provide Chaplain Kim with free legal representation if he is subject to email disciplinary action.