Gordon James Klingenschmitt (a former Navy chaplain) was attempting to depict himself as an active-duty military chaplain to raise money and recruit people for his right-wing group – a violation of federal law.
About two years ago Klingenschmitt got himself in hot water. He had been ordered to deliver nonsectarian prayers at military events; and then proceeded to repeatedly defy those orders. The final straw came when he violated military regulations by speaking at a Religious Right rally while wearing his uniform.
The Navy offered him the door; but he refused to resign, and said they would have to court martial him (apparently thinking they weren't serious). They complied with his request, and provided him with a court martial.
He started a website, including a picture of himself in naval uniform on his bio, and referred to himself as "Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt." This came to the attention of Americans United (AU
) and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF
) when he started urging people to oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton.
Both AU and MRFF sent letter to the Navy informing them. Klingenschmitt threw some kind of retaliation tantrum, but implied defeat when he updated his site to include a disclaimer.
Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State