Court-Martialed for a Bible Verse

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Court-Martialed for a Bible Verse

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Court-Martialed for a Bible Verse

Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling of the U.S. Marine Corps posted a Bible verse on her desk after she saw other servicemembers in her office had personalized their work spaces. Little did she know that her superior officer would demand that she remove the Bible verse, and court-martial her for insubordination when she questioned whether his demand was a lawful order.

The Bible verse was simply a motivational excerpt from Isaiah 54:17: "No weapon formed against you shall prosper."

A lower court claimed that Sterling's Bible verse did not qualify as "religious exercise" and therefore was not Constitutionally protected by the First Amendment and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Of course, this is blatantly false.

As Liberty Institute counsel Mike Berry points out: "If a service member has a right to display a secular poster, put an atheist bumper sticker on their car, or get a Star of David tattoo, then Lance Corporal Sterling has the right to display a small Bible verse on her computer monitor."

This is an example of the increasing intolerance toward people of religious belief, particularly Christians, in the United States Military.

Our service members give up many freedoms when serving, but (apart from extreme situations) religious freedom is not one of them. The First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and military code protect service members’ right to express their faith freely, and their right to free religious expression should be protected.

Sign our petition RIGHT NOW to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces -- the highest military court whose decisions are subject to review by the United States Supreme Court -- asking them to review LCpl Sterling's case and to uphold her right to religious exercise.

More Information:

Washington Post: After court-martial, this Marine cites religious freedom in her continued legal fight

 

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Protect Religious Expression in the Military

Dear Justices of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,

I'm writing you to ask that you review the case pending against U.S.M.C. Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, who is being charged with failing to follow her commanding officer's order to remove a Bible verse that was posted to her desktop computer.

This order was in direct contradiction to LCpl Sterling's right to freedom of religious exercise, protected by the First Amendment and reaffirmed by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

I urge you to consider this case, which appears to be a blantantly unconstitutional violation of LCpl Sterling's rights as an American and as a member of the United States Armed Forces.

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Court-Martialed for a Bible Verse

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