U.S. Navy Threatens Career of Stellar Chaplain Wes Modder—Who Was Called “Best of the Best”

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from Liberty Institute,

In an act of unlawful persecution, the U.S. Navy is threatening to end the career of Chaplain Wes Modder. Chaplain Modder is a military hero who put his life on the line to serve our country, first as a decorated U.S. Marine, then as a Navy chaplain for the past 15 years, including service to elite forces such as DEVGRU and the Navy SEALs.


In 2014 Chaplain Modder—whose stellar service includes Chaplain for Navy Special Warfare Command—was assigned to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command at the request of a 4-star Admiral. Last year, a very small number of military personnel in private counseling sessions asked Chaplain Modder about the spiritual nature of certain personal conduct. These individuals did not agree with Chaplain Modder’s biblical views, and complained.

In today’s politically correct climate—and against federal and military code—Chaplain Modder was unlawfully relieved of duty and threatened with the end of his career.

“Chaplains are the last line of defense for servicemen,” explained Liberty Institute Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs, Mike Berry—a former U.S. Marine JAG Officer, and adjunct law professor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Berry stated, “In a soldier’s greatest hour of need, he can always turn to his chaplain for advice. For the Navy to respond by barring Chaplain Modder from his unit and hauling him before a Board of Inquiry, simply for providing counseling from a biblical perspective, is shameful.”


Chaplain Modder is a highly decorated military hero and chaplain. Chaplain has supported DEVGRU during high-profile operations and has a Doctorate in Military Ministry.

But unswayed by Chaplain Modder’s exceptional record, the Navy is using private conversations to punish Chaplain Modder and censor his religious expression. The U.S. Navy requests that Chaplain Modder:

– Be REMOVED from the promotion list

– “Detached for cause” (meaning Chaplain Modder would receive a DISHONORABLE DEMOTION on his official military record and be permanently removed from his unit

– Brought before an official BOARD OF INQUIRY, where he would be required to “show cause” why he should not be kicked out of the Navy.

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