Marine Court-Martialed Over Bible Verse   

August 15, 2016

Marine Court-Martialed Over Bible Verse   

Isiah 54:17: “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.”

“This is absolutely outrageous,” Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute said.

Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C when she decorated her office with biblical phrases.  She had positioned them in three different spots within her workspace.  As a Christian, she felt the words provided her strength and faith.  And the phrase “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.” inspiredMonifa to be strong against the attacks she perceived from her fellow service members.  Her superior officer did not agree.  She was ordered to remove the biblical phrases to which she refused.  At which point her superior officer trashed them.

Monifa was court-martialed for her refusal to comply with direct orders among other claims.  To which she immediately appealed stating it was infringement upon her religious freedom.

Taken To Court

In a 4-1 opinion, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces   “We reject the argument that every interference with a religiously motivated act constitutes a substantial burden on the exercise of religion,” the court said.

The court declared that Sterling did not convey the religious importance of her posted phrases to her superior officer and that her supervisor had the right to dispose of them.

In a Press Release, Mofia’s legal representation stated, “A few judges decided they could strip a Marine of her constitutional rights just because they didn’t think her beliefs were important enough to be protected. If they can court-martial a Marine over a Bible verse, what’s to stop them from punishing service members for reading theBible, talking about their faith, or praying?”

“This is shameful, it’s wrong, and it sets a terrible precedent, jeopardizing the constitutional rights of every single man and woman in military service,” Shackelford added. “We will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. This cannot be allowed to stand.”

“General Patton famously prayed on the eve of battle,” Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute, said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “According to the majority opinion, if General Patton couldn’t prove how important praying was to him, he could be court-martialed for his prayer.”

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