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Air Force sergeant who disagreed with homosexuality faces court martial

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports.

Excerpt:

A 19-year Air Force veteran who was relieved of his duties because he disagreed with his openly gay commander over gay marriage is now facing a formal investigation after he told me his story.

Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk found himself at odds with his Lackland Air Force Base commander after he objected to her plans to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. During the conversation, his commander ordered him to share his personal views on homosexuality.

“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” he told me. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”

In one of her first meetings with Monk, the commander expressed concern about the chaplain who would deliver the benediction at her promotion ceremony.

“She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin,” Monk said.

After he was relieved of his duties, the Liberty Institute filed a religious discrimination complaint on his behalf.

Last week, Monk was supposed to meet with an Air Force investigator tasked with gathering facts about the complaint. But when he arrived, Monk was immediately read his Miranda Rights and accused of providing false statements in a conversation Monk had with me.

“I immediately got the sense that this was retaliation against me for coming forward with my religious discrimination complaint,” he said.

The accusations against Monk are a court-martial offense in the Air Force – and it’s quite possible that the 19-year veteran with a spotless record could be booted out of the military because of his Christian beliefs.

That’s why I found it so strange when I heard that people who called themselves Christians voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012. Anyone with a brain in their head who claimed to be Christian knew that they were voting for abortion, gay marriage and reduced religious liberty. That’s what we have now – there is no denying it. Democrats are not the party of religious liberty. They are against it. They view religious expression as something they have to destroy – by any means necessary. It should make us think about what we are doing by celebrating and affirming sin.

There is a reason why sin is called sin. Part of it is that the people who do it tend to be the kind of people who are willing to use force to get others to affirm them in what they are doing. Part of it is that it causes harm to others, often to unborn or born children – depriving them of what they need and treating them like commodities. That’s why Christians should be diligent about what behaviors they affirm and who they vote for. Christianity is not a religion that has celebrating and condoning of immorality at its core.

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8 Responses

  1. Mo says:

    Now that same-sex marriage has been pushed through and the culture has been bullied into accepting it whether they want to or not, homosexuals seem to have become emboldened to bully those who disagree more openly and more hatefully, and especially Christians.

    We ain’t seen nothing yet. I’m waiting for more churches to be vandalized and desecrated and people to be physically hurt.

    That is the level of hatred the more radical side of the Rainbow Crowd has for anyone who disagrees with them. Christians need to wake up.

  2. sigmatika says:

    “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”

    Things can change very, very quickly. This would’ve been unbelievable just a few years ago.

    “In one of her first meetings with Monk, the commander expressed concern”

    I’d like to hear your thoughts on it, WK, but personally, this strikes me as completely degenerate, allowing a woman to excercise authority (in this case, arbitrarily) over men. In the military of all places.

    • ldwaddell says:

      Are you being facetious? Who believes that women can’t have authority over men in the military? Nurses go into the military as lieutenants, not that all nurses are female, but the point is, that lieutenants have authority over enlisted folks and in some instances they have authority without having to go through the ranks. It has been this way for 70 plus years.

  3. There are two things wrong with this: As sigmatika noted, women should not be serving in combat. They can still be in the military, but not direct combat. Second, how somebody defines marriage has nothing to do with how they do their job in the military or most places really (society has been able to function without everybody having to agree on the same thing). I realized most people who vote for Obama really don’t know why they voted for him or what Obama stood for. He wasn’t really that secretive, people just don’t do their own research before they vote, which makes me question sometimes if everybody should be allowed to vote. How come a person who has paid close attention to the elections and the beliefs of each political party have the same equal vote of somebody who is uneducated and doesn’t even know why they vote for a certain political party?

  4. Samuel McNamara. says:

    Thing is, military members aren’t allowed to voice any political opinions publicly. The wrong that was done here was the commander ordering the seargeant to voice his opinions.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    I’m glad I got out of the Marines the time that I did, when Obama was only president for a few months. I never imagine the military would get to this point within the last few years, where it’s increasingly hostile towards Christian from the leadership itself. I’m praying for this Airman

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  7. ldwaddell says:

    What we are seeing here is what Nietzsche called the “Will to Power.” The removal and/or denial of objective morality leads to those who have the authority and power forcing thier views on others. An extream example was Nazi Germany. Those in power enforced their views through intimidation, force, and eventually violence and death. As aberrant behavior becomes mainstream, those involved in such behavior must silence opposition voices in order to normalize their behavior in larger society. What is happening in the military will eventually spill over into society at large.

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