Don’t use Kapaun as prop in political fight

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, shouldn’t misuse former Army chaplain and Kansas native Emil Kapaun (in photo) to paint President Obama as some anti-Christian extremist. In a recent commentary, Huelskamp speculated that if Kapaun “served in Afghanistan today rather than Korea six decades ago, President Obama would probably give the Catholic priest discharge papers instead of the Congressional Medal of Honor.” Huelskamp noted that he attended the White House ceremony in April at which Obama awarded Kapaun posthumously with the Medal of Honor (and spoke movingly about Kapaun’s faith and witness). But Huelskamp claimed that the type of actions that earned Kapaun the honor “are now forbidden by the commander in chief.” That’s not the case. The Defense Department has a policy against “unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert” service members, but there is nothing that prevents or discourages the ministry and care that Kapaun lived out on the battlefield and as a prisoner of war.