Hospital Chaplain Danny Harvey Fired for Praying In Jesus Name

October 9, 2007

30 Churches will march around hospital after hospital CEO Louis Bremer resigns
LEESBURG, Fla., Sept. 14 /Christian Newswire/ — Hospital Chaplain Danny Harvey, recently fired for praying “in Jesus name” by the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, will hold two press conferences, Friday at 2 pm, and Saturday at 8:30 am, on the public steps of City Hall (corner of 5th and Main) in Leesburg Florida.

Clergy and citizens from over 30 churches will gather at 8:15 am, to march around the hospital at 9:00am, on Saturday 15 Sep, starting from the steps of Leesburg City Hall. The marchers will walk in silent prayer for two-miles around the South Campus of the hospital, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the rallying cry, “My Jesus, My Freedom, My Stand.”

Public outcry in support of Chaplain Harvey has already resulted in the sudden resignation of hospital CEO Louis Bremer, the same man who publicly supported Human Resource director Darlene Stone who fired Chaplain Harvey for praying in Jesus name.

Hospital Board Chairman Bill Binneveld (available for public comment at 352-323-5001 through secretary Angela Lackey) personally received CEO Louis Bremer’s resignation, but remains undecided about Chaplain Harvey’s current request to be reinstated.

Hospital Spokeswoman Diane Maimone wrote, “the issue was not about praying in the name of Jesus Christ, as has been claimed.” But documents newly available at http://www.prayinjesusname.org prove that Chaplain Harvey was directly threatened by hospital administrators with termination if he continued to pray in Jesus name in public.

March organizer Pastor John Kimer said, “This march was inspired by Chaplain Danny Harvey, but this march is not protesting the hospital, or demanding his job back, but for the churches to unite in the community, and stand up for the name of Jesus Christ.”

Former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who made national headlines after facing court- martial for praying in Jesus name in uniform, will join the march. “We want Chaplain Harvey reinstated,” Kingenschmitt said, “The fact CEO Louis Bremer resigned in the face of public scandal should serve as a warning to employers everywhere, that the American public will not tolerate religious discrimination against chaplains or any employees who pray in Jesus name, or share their faith in public.”

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