Fox News Defends Navy Chaplain Who Allegedly Discriminated Against Gays, Women

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from Media Matters,

Fox News commentator and serial anti-LGBT misinformer Todd Starnes rushed to the defense of a Navy chaplain who was disciplined after allegedly “discriminat[ing] against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds.” According to a Navy document, the chaplain shamed a female student for having premarital sex and told another student that “the penis was meant for the vagina and not for the anus.”

On March 9, Starnes published a report on the chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder, who was given a “detachment for cause” from his unit after an investigation concluded that he had discriminated against students at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) in South Carolina.

Modder is now being represented by the anti-gay legal group Liberty Institute, which alleges that Modder is being discriminated against because of his religious beliefs. In his report, Starnes echoed the Liberty Institute’s allegation that Modder was punished for his Christianity.

In reality, the investigation found that Modder had repeatedly engaged in inappropriate behavior when interacting with students and that “the command has reason to believe” that he “provided false statements in denying statements he made during briefs to students.”

The memo also outlines specific discriminatory acts by Modder, including “making an inappropriate hand gesture” while discussing anal sex and suggesting that he had the ability to “save” gay people”.

Starnes has repeatedly touted bogus and debunked culture-war stories to suggest that the military is persecuting Christians, which he believes is evidence of the arrival of “the end of days.”

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