Christian Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Refusing to Affirm Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Fini flightSAN ANTONIO — A Christian Air Force Veteran has been relieved of his duties after declining to affirm homosexual marriage.

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk has served in the Air Force for 19 years, and has been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. When he recently returned from deployment, he found that he had a new commander, who was a lesbian.

Monk says that in his early communication with the commander, he knew there would be concerns.

“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,” he explained to reporters. “She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of cr**.’ I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful about what I said.”

Monk was later asked to advise the commander regarding a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor who had expressed his disagreement with homosexual “marriage” in a written presentation.

“Her very first reaction was to say, ‘We need to lop off the head of this guy,’” he recalled. “The commander took the position that his speech was discrimination.”

However, when Monk read the words at issue, he believed that the instructor had not done anything wrong.

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“He was trying to essentially say [that] despite our differences, it’s the Air Force core values that unite us, and in that process he made some sort of statement about, ‘I don’t believe in same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t matter. I’m going to train you the same anyway,'” he explained.

But the commander told Monk that he needed to be on the same page as she was, and that if he didn’t do so, he would be moved elsewhere. She then questioned him on whether he believes it is discrimination for a person to state that they disagree with homosexual “marriage.” He replied that he did not wish to answer because of his convictions.

Monk was then relieved of his duties because he would not affirm the commander’s beliefs.

The Liberty Institute, a Christian legal organization in Plano, Texas, is now representing Monk. Attorney Hiram Sasser told reporters that he believes that while homosexuals are coming out of the closet in the military, Christians are getting shoved into it.

“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” he asked. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

Co-counsel Kelly Shackelford told FOX News that the commander’s actions were unlawful.

“What happened here to Sergeant Monk is a violation of Air Force policy; it’s a violation of DOD policy; it’s a violation of the Constitution,” he said. “Our soldiers deserve a lot better. They’ve given service for us to protect [our] freedoms, so I think the least we can do is to stand with them when they are under attack.”

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  • David T

    Wow! Talk about hate! Lop off his head? And who is really the bigot here?

  • Saved4Glory

    1 Corinthians 6:9 
    Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 

    From G730 and G2845; a sodomite: – abuser

  • Wow…

  • iyke

    With the powers this devils of sodom are gathering in america, i see civil war coming for america

  • Bill Davenport

    Folks– The time has now come for the traditional churches to end this charade of political neutrality and to act in their own defense. The socialists and Leninists that now comprise the democrat party have made their intentions perfectly clear: they want nothing less than the criminalization of traditional Christianity and the Christian churches– from the Catholic Church to the Evangelical churches. First, the Republican Party leaders must grow a pair and come to the unqualified defense of their constituents; next, the Republican Party and the Christian churches must declare a formal alliance to fight the institutionalization of christophobic religious bigotry by the socialists and the open persecution of people of faith in places like our armed forces. Want to win more of the Hispanic vote? A Time magazine cover issue in April detailed the growth of Hispanic evangelical churches– prominent republicans should visit these churches and make a clear pronouncement to these congregations: “We will protect you.” Use as proof the near unlimited evidence of the Left’s christophobic bigotry (i.e., booing God at their convention, the anti-Christian statements by prominent socialists, the persecution of Christians in the military & universities, attacks on Christian-owned businesses, etc.). Hang the church-hating Left with their own words– we have been letting them get away with it for decades; now we can pummel them with their own self-proclaimed religious bigotry. People WILL listen. And please do not retort with nonsense about tax-exempt status– where does it say in the Constitution that one must sacrifice their 1st Amendment rights for a tax exemption?? Besides, the socialists are going to eventually take it away, anyway.
    Finally, the Republican Party and the Churches should partner in a blistering PR campaign which exposes the christophobic religious bigotry of the socialist democrats– again, use their pathological hatred for Christianity, in word and deed, against them. They give us unlimited ammunition, so why not? Do they not charge us with being racists at every opportunity? Give them a dose of their own medicine– believe me, they will not like it. Start with telling the American people that the democrats want to ban Christmas as a national holiday– and cite to all the attacks on Christmas by so-called ‘atheist groups’ during the holidays. Who are these atheist groups?? What, they’re professional atheists?? No, they a socialist activists of the democrat party. Start calling these out publicly; beat a constant drum that leftists hate Christianity and persecute Christians; endlessly emphasize to all traditional church goers that that socialists want to criminalize their faith. The christophobic bigotry of the left should be universally accepted and assumed in the same way that racial bigotry of the right is accepted and assumed by the socialists– with the difference that their charge of racial bigotry is fabricated, while their religious bigotry is very, very real.
    The time has come to organize and take this fight to the streets, the airwaves and political debates. Make an uncompromising demand on the republican leadership that they pledge to protect the churches and religious freedom. Religious liberty is the foundation liberty of our republic– and the socialists want to put it through a shredder.

    Socialism sucks. Vote Freedom. Vote American. Vote Republican.