After deceiving his parishioners for five years, and the rest of the world for one day, the Rev. Jim Moats’ recently revealed that he was never a Navy SEAL.
Immediately after the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 1, the Navy SEALs rose to celebrity status. They had successfully raided bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist. On the quest to reach out to a former Navy SEAL and find out more about their life, The Patriot-News, known for their interviews with veterans, wrote a story on Saturday on Rev. Jim Moats after hearing he had been a former SEAL.
The next day, Moats shamefully confessed his story was 100 percent fake.
In fact, he said he never had SEALs training, nor was he accepted in the program.
He told The Patriot-News, “I never was in a class; I never served as an actual SEAL. It was my dream. … I don’t even know if I would have met the qualifications. I never knew what the qualifications were.”
The Patriot-News reporter, Dan Miller, heard about Moats because he had been telling his congregants at Christian Bible Fellowship Church in Newville, Pa., for five years that he had been a Navy SEAL and proved it with a gold Trident medal, only given to those who have completed the training. The medal can be bought at any military store.
It also turns out his sons served together in Iraq as soldiers in the Army. I’m assuming he didn’t make the sons up.
Here’s an article about the pastor and his SEAL service before the lie was revealed.