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By - September 8, 2013

Air Force Is Going After Christians Over Gay Marriage

Anybody who cares about freedom has had their eyes on the military, but not for the obvious reason most would think off.  The focus is on diminished freedoms, particularly religious freedom.  Under the Obama administration the Pentagon was crafting a new policy aimed at cracking down on “proselytizing” by Christians in the military. The project stirred up protests when it became known that notorious anti-Christian atheist Mikey Weinstein and his misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation were involved in helping to shape the new policy. Weinstein is a radical hater of Christians who has referred to Christian evangelization as “spiritual rape” and “treason,” and who has called for court martialing of Christian chaplains.

Now there is a case in the Air Force where a senior master sergeant (2nd highest enlisted rank) may face punitive action over his beliefs in traditional marriage:

A 19-year Air Force veteran says he was relieved of duties at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in a dispute with his commanding officer over same-sex marriage.

The case of the senior master sergeant is exactly what some lawmakers are trying to prevent by seeking changes in military policies on diversity, tolerance and religious freedom that would allow service members with strong religious or moral objections to homosexuality to speak their minds without fear of reprisal.

Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, assigned to the 37th Training Wing, said Friday he was relieved July 26 of his duties as first sergeant of a training squadron and forced to take leave because he disagreed with his commanding officer’s position on gay marriage. He says his commander is openly lesbian.

A spokeswoman for the wing, Collen McGee, said Monk was “not removed from duty.”

The training squadron commander who Monk claims fired him does not intend to issue a statement, McGee said.

Monk, an evangelical Christian, said the issue came up when he was advising his commander about a situation involving a staff sergeant who had expressed opposition to homosexuality on religious grounds — an opinion shared with trainees that might be a violation of an Air Force policy barring the use of a position of authority to promote personal religious beliefs.

Monk said he wanted the incident to be treated as a learning experience, but the commander wanted to do more. Monk said this led to a discussion in which the commander pressed him into saying he also had a moral objection to gay marriage.

Monk said it was a “very, very contentious” discussion, with the commander pressing him to agree that opposition to gay marriage was an act of discrimination. Monk said he told her: “I cannot answer your question because of my convictions.”

In the end, Monk said the staff sergeant received a letter of counseling, an official notice of infraction. Monk did not identify the staff sergeant.

Monk said he was subsequently relieved of his duties at the unit, and had to request permission to return in order to collect personal items. “I was relieved of my position because I do not agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” he said.

He acknowledged that he was due for a reassignment, but the dispute with the commander led to his being abruptly removed from a leadership position and leaves open a question about whether he will receive a Meritorious Service Medal for which his commander had recommended him in late June.

Not receiving the medal could hurt his career, Monk said, because it would “send a message to whomever is reviewing” his military records.

So this is what a diverse military means?  You have to agree with one particular view point or you may get shown the door?  Now I can understand in the battlefield there is no diversity of ideas, but when it comes to personal religious beliefs, apparently you may be a criminal to be a faithful Christian.

Who knew getting rid of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” would be so harmful to religious people.  Can those who are religious get civil rights?

 

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