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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Religious Liberties Under Attack In the Military

A U.S. Marine was convicted in a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer that the military claimed would violate good order and discipline. The verse was a passage of Scripture from the book of Isaiah saying “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling represented herself at trial and was convicted in a court-martial for refusing to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verse from her desk. When the ordeal took place, the supervisor cursed at Sterling and ordered her to immediately remove the Bible verse. She refused the order. The following day, she discovered the verse had been removed and thrown in the trash. According to court documents, the military maintains that the verse could undermine order and discipline in the marines.

Corporal Sterling was given a bad conduct discharge. The military court claimed that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise. Any reasonable person would understand that posting a verse of Scripture at her desk is clearly an acceptable religious exercise.

This is just one more example of attacks by Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama and the liberals on the rights of our service men and women to openly practice their religion. Keep in mind, this is the same military that not so long ago distributed Bibles to soldiers. We Americans need to remember our rich heritage of religious freedom and hold fast to our constitutional provisions that protect it. Christians in the military should not have to fight for the right to enjoy the protection of the First Amendment.

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