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Reporters looking for local hooks to Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence may be interested in a Facebook post from former state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs), in which he wrote that Pence helped him demand that military chaplains, like Klingenschmitt, be allowed to conduct Christian services in uniform.
Klingenschmitt wrote that Pence “personally helped me get 70 signatures on a letter to the President demanding we let military chaplains pray ‘in Jessus’ name.'”
In the Facebook post, Klingenschmitt, who goes by Dr. Chaps, claims to have met Pence “walking the halls of Congress in 2005.”
Klingenschmitt did not immediately return a call seeking details.
The pray-in-uniform campaign, which was assisted by Pence, essentially launched Klingenschmitt’s career as a Republican gadfly and social-conservative activist, anchored by his “Pray in Jesus Name” podcast.
Last year, Klingenschmitt said Pence “did the right thing” by signing an Indiana RFRA law allowing businesses to discriminate against gays. Listen to Klingenschmitt’s podcast on the topic here.
“I discern the spirit of god on Mike Pence who is standing up for righteousness,” said Klingenschmitt at 6:35.
Klingenschmitt said that the “gay left” was lying in stating that the law allows discrimination. After a national outcry, Pence revised tha law.
Klingenschmitt is widely known for his right-wing comments and actions, including his alleged exorcism on a lesbian soldier, during which he claims to have said, “You foul spirit of lesbianism, this woman has renounced you, come out of her in Jesus’ name.
Correction: Klingenschmitt is not a former lawmaker, as an earlier version of this post stated. He gave up his state house seat to run for the state senate, but he lost. His term ends in January.