It was Easter when I read Brian Hicks’ April 3 column, “Fundamentalists try again,” which was about the controversy over Chaplain Wes Modder and how he stood up for his beliefs in the Bible.
In reading the column, I felt like I was in court where only the prosecution was allowed to speak. I felt as though Chaplain Modder was crucified with each drop of ink that hit the paper. From the column, we don’t know much about Chaplain Modder. We know he served our country for 20 years, which shows he is faithful and dedicated. We know he’s a chaplain. A military chaplain’s service is very honorable, and should be held in high regard by all. We know he has strong beliefs which cost him, so we know he has courage.
He was assigned to the Navy nuclear power program at Joint Base Charleston. We know the nuclear program is a very stressful and demanding field to go into.
In Brian’s column he changes the title given to Chaplain Modder from chaplain to counselor. A Navy military chaplain is much more than a counselor. All chaplains are counselors, but not all counselors are chaplains. There is a big difference. Brian makes it sound that since Chaplain Modder is just a counselor, he must follow strict orders.
A Christian chaplain’s main reference book is the Bible. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We need good chaplains who will stand up for what they believe and tell us the truth, even if we don’t end up feeling good.
Brian makes it sound like the only truth in this country is to protect the right of people to believe whatever they want without worrying about a moral code. If that’s the goal, then remove all chaplains from the military and replace them with counselors. This kind of guidance is not the truth and can lead young people to do things they shouldn’t.
Brian’s column not only mocked Chaplain Modder, it mocked the position of chaplain. It mocked the prayer caucus as being ignorant with no brain. It mocked Baptists.
The Bible says there will be mockery. Usually, people resort to mockery when they don’t understand or don’t care to understand.
Kenny Geddings Sr.