Anti-Semitic Rantings of a Navy Chaplain

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Col. James Tyson Currie, US Army (Ret.), Ph.D.

Ms. Reiners:

It has just been brought to my attention by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), on whose Advisory Board I proudly serve, that a Navy chaplain, a lieutenant named Rivera who comes under your jurisdiction, has recently published one of the most anti-Semitic pieces of trash I have ever seen, a screed that is worthy of being included with the NAZI propaganda of the 1930s and 1940s. The “Hate the Jews because they killed Jesus” trope is right out of the Middle Ages. I thought we as a military had progressed enough that we did not have to put up with this kind of unacceptable spew from a commissioned officer and chaplain, but I was obviously wrong. The irony, of course, is that such Jew hating is also very non-theological and non-historical. First of all, it wasn’t the Jews who crucified Jesus; it was Roman soldiers. Does this mean we should hate all modern day Italians? I’m sure you know the answer to that. Second, if you believe the scriptures, the execution of Jesus was absolutely necessary if he were to fulfill the prophecies. Christians believe that Jesus died so that they might live. No death of Jesus for the sins of all mankind and poof, there goes Christianity. So, what we have here is a terrible example of a Navy chaplain who is apparently anti-Semitic and doing his best to spread hatred of today’s Jews, while at the same time his understanding of his own religious faith is sadly lacking. I don’t know where this chaplain received his theological education, but the school should offer him some remedial education. That, of course, is between him and the seminary he attended. More to the point, our military services do not need individuals like him spewing hatred toward anyone. I trust you will take appropriate action to ensure that he is not given the opportunity of spreading more poison. That’s the last thing our country and our military services need at this time.


Col. James Tyson Currie, US Army (Ret.), Ph.D.
Ordained Elder, Presbyterian Church USA
Advisory Board, MRFF
Alexandria, VA





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  1. Richey Hope

    This LT Rivera’s letter could have been written during the Inquisition. I wish I could find it hard to believe that such a thing could be written recently. Rivera is a product of West Point. How did such a fool get into the USMA? Why does the Navy keep him?

    I wish we could revert to the Vietnam era, when no one paid any attention to chaplains.
    A good start would be to stop giving them military ranks, and limit their time of service.

  2. Ironmoped

    The Chaplain Corps in the military is a racket! They regurgitate their professed faith for 20 years and draw a very nice retirement annuity for life, not to mention the included free health care for life for their entire families. It’s a good gig if you’re inclined toward getting paid to publicly admit you believe in magical thinking and supernatural mystical beings. The true magical mystery tour!
    With benefits!

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