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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Christian Army Chaplain Removed for Praying to 'Jesus'

Captain Jonathan Stertzbach has been an Army chaplain, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. With all the attention to prostletizing in the military, Stertzbach was required to submit his prayer in writing before prayer. When his prayers include "in Jesus' name" he was ordered to remove it. Refusing to have his prayers censored, Stertzbach was removed from his chapel and is now under orders not to speak to the media.

Stertzbach's representative, Billy Baugham of the International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers, has stated that Stertzbach is authorized to prayer based on "what his sending agency or his sending church allows him to pray." Baugham is working to have Stertzbach reinstated.

Chaplain Rebels at Prayer Censorship, Then Removed From Assignment

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