Prayer Rally To Be Held At Virginia Capitol Square Bell Tower In Support of Police Chaplains

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Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, the event coordinator, announced the "Virginia, Stand Up For Jesus Prayer Rally" will be held at the Capital Square Bell Tower, within earshot of the Governor's Mansion on Saturday, November 1, 2008 beginning at 10 am. The event will allow Virginia citizens to honor, support, and pray for the six Virginia State Police Chaplains who were recently forced to resign for praying publicly "in Jesus' name."

Virginia, Stand Up For Jesus Prayer Rally

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, the event coordinator, announced the "Virginia, Stand Up For Jesus Prayer Rally" will be held at the Capital Square Bell Tower, within earshot of the Governor's Mansion on Saturday, November 1, 2008 beginning at 10 am.

The event will allow Virginia citizens to honor, support, and pray for the six Virginia State Police Chaplains who were recently forced to resign for praying publicly "in Jesus' name." 86 Virginia Pastors pledged to mobilize their churches to vote in response to this chaplain crisis, but Virginia Governor Tim Kaine personally signed a letter rejecting their request to reverse his ban on using the word "Jesus" in public prayer.

In response to the prayer ban, six Troopers took a stand for Christ, by "turning in their chaplain badge" rather than disobey orders or deny Jesus. Now Virginians can rally to stand up for Jesus, pray publicly in Jesus' name (as the troopers may not do), and pray that God and government will reinstate the chaplains with liberty.

"As a former Navy chaplain I faced the exact same dilemma as these Police chaplains, either disobey orders or deny Christ. I was court-martialed for disobeying orders by 'worshiping in public' in uniform, and discharged for the 'crime' of praying in Jesus name in uniform outside of Sunday chapel. But Congress later vindicated my stand, and ordered the Navy to rescind the same bad 'prayer policy' enforced against me in court," says Klingenschmitt. "Now other military chaplains are free again to pray publicly 'in Jesus name,' but it cost me a 16-year career and a million dollar pension," he added. Klingenschmitt now travels the country defending others who pray "in Jesus name" and has helped win victories in OH, IN, PA, OR, FL, OK, the U.S. military and Congress.

The free, non-partisan Virginia rally will include pastors, policymakers, political, civic, and church leaders, a praise band, and a time of prayer for the chaplains, our nation and our government. The event happens from 10-11 am (arrive at 9:30) at the Capitol Square Bell Tower, 900 Bank Street, in downtown Richmond, VA.

For more information, (including a partial list of other nationally-recognized participants), please visit http://www.prayinjesusname.org

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt is available for interviews prior to the event.

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