Christian Airman May Face Court Martial Over Homosexual Marriage

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, the Christian airman who claimed he was punished by his lesbian commander for refusing to endorse homosexual marriage, is being criminally investigated by the Air Force, the first step in the court martial process.

Monk and his attorney, Mike Berry of the Liberty Institute, met with an Air Force investigator on Aug. 27 for what Berry expected to be a routine taking of Monk's statement about what happened when he says he was removed from his post for not obeying his lesbian commander's order to say he supported homosexual marriage.

Instead, the investigator read Monk his Miranda rights and informed him he was under criminal investigation for allegedly making a false statement  in interviews with the press.

Monk has been assigned a military defense counsel, and the Air Force is considering whether to formally charge him with a crime. If it does, Monk would have to decide whether to admit guilt and accept punishment or to proclaim his innocence and face a court martial.

Monk told Breitbart that he felt the charge was retaliation for going public with his religious discrimination complaint.

It sounds like he has good reason to believe that. The section that he could be charged under deals with knowingly making a false official statement, but talking to the press about what he believes happened to him is neither official nor knowingly  false.

Berry said the charge being considered against Monk is "a court-martial offense in the military. Monk was disheartened by what he believes is a retaliatory and vindictive act by his commander."

The incident started when Monk intervened in the punishment of another airman who had gotten in trouble for comments about homosexuals. Monk says he suggested to his commanding officer, a lesbian, that rather than a more severe punishment, the incident could be used as a teaching moment and an example of the importance of diversity.

The commanding officer apparently got her hackles up when she smelled a Christian and started grilling Monk about his beliefs, trying to intimidate him into saying he supported homosexual marriage. Shortly thereafter, Monk was removed from his leadership position and reassigned to another unit, which he said he believes was retaliation on the part of the unit commander.

Ret. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, who has been following the deterioration of religious freedom in the military under President Obama, said of Monk's situation, "The Obama-Hagel military leadership is not officially court-martialing Christians for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but you will be punished and might even face a court martial if you stand by the principles of your Christian faith when you are serving in uniform."

The Pentagon came under fire in recent months for 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.

One of the most abused phrases in our country's legal lexicon is "separation of church and state," a phrase which is not even in the Constitution. The First Amendment says Congress (and by extension any other branch of government) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

"Separation of church and state" actually comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a constituent who was concerned that the new federal government might try to regulate worship. Jefferson  wrote that the Constitution provided for a wall that protected churches from the government.

In our day, this concept has been twisted by liberal judges and anti-Christian groups who claim that the First Amendment is meant to keep religion out of the public eye and politics. This of course turns the entire amendment and the idea of a "wall of separation" on its head and does precisely the thing the Founding Fathers wished to avoid: establishing a state religion, in this case, atheism.

Sgt. Monk may yet become the first of many martyrs for their faith in our military. Ultimately, the pro-gay, pro-atheism advocates will greatly weaken, if not cripple, our armed forces if they are not stopped.


  • http://home.bluemarble.net/~heartcom/ Jay Stephen

    Now we have Russian President being more Christian than our "stand by the Muslims" President when Putin recently decried the Christian killings and persecutions in the world and the need for world leaders to do something about them. When has our professed "Christian" President ever spoken out against the killing and persecution of Christians in Syria, Egypt, and all over the Middle East and Africa?
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/world-leaders-should-unite-to-end-anti-christian-persecution-vladimir-putin

  • nwrkjoel

    This is clearly the most anti-Christian administration in our country's history! I find it totally unbeliveable that the majority of Catholics voted twice for B.O.

    • Barbie

      I can't understand why these homosexuals are protected while the law abiding citizens are being punished. I hope our military are not taking orders from Obummer the devil. I said it before and I'll say it again, he is the anti christ...he is a homosexual, that's why he's protecting them. Yes, the catholics voted for him...now I get all kinds of mail asking for money to fight Obummer, for their mistake. I wish they had more brains than falling for Obummer's bulls**t. Now they are paying the price....

    • john

      I'm Catholic and I can't understand it either. According to our Bishops it appears they sat on the sideline too long allowing Obama to force his views on the church with his Obamacare, openly serving gays, intolerance and lack of respect for human life. It will take a long time to reverse the moral decay brought to this country by this administration.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org Ted R. Weiland

    Christians wake up! This is but another instance (in a very long litany of instances) demonstrating the fallout from the framers' failure to expressly establish government upon Yahweh's immutable morality as codified in His perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-11.) Point being: The Constitution is NOT the Biblically compatible document we have been bamboozled to believe it is.

    Had the framers instead established government and society upon Yahweh's ethics as found in His commandments, statutes, and judgments (including Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13), this lawsuit would not be in the works because there would be no homosexual agenda in America because no sodomite or lesbian would dare risk exposing themselves by petitioning the government for their "rights."

    Find out how much you really know about the Constitution versus the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a free book: the 85-page "Primer" of the 565-page "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective."

    • Tionico

      but Ted, the Founders never intended to make civil laws to be uniform throughout this land. They ONLY intended to build a bare framework of functions, and limits, on the Central government to facilitate each of the STATES to make those decisions... and it was to THAT end they declared FedGov shall make no law either establishing or limiting any religion... fully intending to leave THAT business up to the states. You fail to comprehend the purpose behind, and the intent of, our Constitution. Each of the STATES have codified civil and criminal behaviour as per the decision of those states' residents. FedGov was never meant to manage the day to day affairs of ALL the states. YOu further display your ignorance by failing to acknowledge the specifically christian and jewish roots of our Founding documents.... English COmmon Law, the Magna Carta, Blackstone, the Mayflower Compact, and the list goes on. They declared, after the Constitution was completed, that this government will serve ONLY a religious and moral people.. it will suit no other. And they made it clear the standard of morality and religion to be the christian bible.

      • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org Ted R. Weiland

        Tionico: "...the Founders never intended to make civil laws to be uniform throughout this land."

        Thanks for helping to make my point. If the Constitution were, in fact, based upon Biblical laws, that's exactly what it would be: a uniform, immutable standard for the entire nation. Instead, it's been established on capricious edicts (traditions of man, Matthew 15:6-9),exactly as you would expect from fickle finite men.

        President John Adams wrote that: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

        This is an accurate quotation. However, it's often employed by Christians as if Adams was referring to Christianity and Yahweh's morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. This is untrue. Adams emphasized that the same “moral liberty resides in Hindoos and Mohametans, as well as in Christians” (John Adams, Letter no. 13 to John Taylor (1814), in “Works of John Adams,” 6:474.)

        He once asked, “Where is to be found theology more orthodox or phylosophy [sic]more profound than in the introduction to the [Hindu] Shast[r]a?” (John Adams, December 25, 1813, letter to Jefferson, in “Adams-Jefferson Letters,” 2:412.)

        According to Adams, “religion and virtue are the only foundations, not only of republicanism and all free government, but of social felicity under all governments and in all the combinations of human society.” (August 28, 1811, letter to Benjamin Rush, in “Works of John Adams,” 9:636.)

        Any nation's constitution and government benefits from moral Christian citizens, even those nations whose constitution are not based upon Yahweh's morality as found in His perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-9) - such as the United States of America. However, when such constitutions are not based upon Yahweh's law, it is inevitable that such nations will become more and more immoral and corrupt, being they do not have a Biblical standard to fall back upon. Case in point, the United States of America today.

    • toosmarttovoteGOP

      It was the express and deliberate attempt of the Founders NOT to foist the evils of theocracy that you propound on this nation or its peoples, having ample historical evidence of the problems that occur between said opposing entities; y'know, like how Puritans made being a Quaker punishable by death?

  • billconner

    I was in the military and a former member. so let me get this straight The military you go in Swear to uphold and protect the Constitution, and your not able to be under the constitutions protection as far as rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech without being in fear of a court martial, Now I understand disciple and its import ants but this is not disciple, This is forcing someone to your thinking and goes against your sworn oath and the constitution this is another fine example of liberal demoralization of our military. Reducing the code of conduct of honor, principles, and integrity. this is nothing more than hatred of the bible and morality. Liberal over look the founding principle of this nation and that it is a Judea Christian nation and have been assaulting, lying, changing our history to make it more to there liking and agenda. Our teacher's and educational system has undermined, spewed there liberal thinking in class room all across our nation for a every long time instead of teaching the truth, history, facts, and our Constitution, classroom suppose to inspire free thinking not indoctrination. oh what a tingled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

    • CDP

      You know, I REALLY want to support your post with a "thumbs-up", but the terrible spelling and lack of basic grammar makes it impossible. People like you who claim to have been a member of the armed forces, posting such a poorly crafted and written statement, just perpetuates the stereotype ascribed to members of the military that they are stupid and functionally illiterate. Remember whom you will always represent, besides just yourself, when you post in a public forum.

      • Stephen

        Must you be such a jerk? It's an internet comment section, not a college term paper. Get a life.

  • mari

    Thank you for restating the truth about the "separation of church and state" myth. I was in elementary school (in the 50's) when that phrase was first bandied about. There was an uproar about it being in alignment with the USSR constitution and not ours. We were placated with assurances that this would in no way impede our constitutional rights. The same thing happened in the 70's (in California) when they wanted to make sodomy legal. The placating phrase then was, "what does it matter what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes?" The progressive push toward homosexual rights was really a push to end the rights of anyone who would not condone and support the homosexual lifestyle.

    • Tionico

      Straight out of Marx and Alinsky. Tear down religion, morality, wear away at our rights and liberties, tear apart the family by easy divorce, homosexuality, obscene dress (or lack of it) in public..... total government indoctrination in the schools, placate the active ones with drugs to make them "compliant", and feminise the lot of them. Read Marx if you don't believe me. When you're done with him, tie on some Alinsky, Engels, Davis........ now you will know the kinyun's playbook. He's studied it well.

  • Geo

    More of the BHO Plan to break down the USA and create a USSA and destroy every thing That has made this country great and sink the Nation into the depths of Depravity and a cesspool of If indecency and iniquity...

  • http://www.americansafetydefense.com/index.html Bruce A. Frank

    Not only do I comment on articles like this, I share them with friends, who are on restricted servers and blocked from browsing, by copying and forwarding the article.

    Godfather, and other sites, is using this "Clean Print" option that, in the beginning, allowed a concise printer friendly format that could be highlighted, copied, and pasted to email for me to send to many who otherwise do not see the information here.

    Many to whom I have sent Godfather articles then subscribe to the site on their home computers.

    Currently the "clean print" printer friendly version can no longer be copied and pasted (similar to the way Snopes blocks copy&paste). And if I try to copy and paste from the article as it appeared on the site page(rather than the "clean print" window), when pasted all the formatting has been removed, allowing only a mashup of all the sentences...no paragraphs, making it difficult to read.

    The irritation of no longer being able to pass along the articles is pushing me to other sites to find articles "similar" to the topics presented on Godfather's site. There is little reason for me to continue to subscribe to Godfather Politics if I cannot easily share, when providing a link to friends cannot be accessed.

    • http://misssionoutreach.org Ray Downen

      I checked out the remark that it's now difficult to pass on these articles. Sure enough, when I copied it to a work file it had lost paragraphing. So I took time to make it copyable, as:

      Christian Airman May Face Court Martial Over Homosexual Marriage

      Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, the Christian airman who claimed he was punished by his lesbian commander for refusing to endorse homosexual marriage, is being criminally investigated by the Air Force, the first step in the court martial process.

      Monk and his attorney, Mike Berry of the Liberty Institute, met with an Air Force investigator on Aug. 27 for what Berry expected to be a routine taking of Monk's statement about what happened when he says he was removed from his post for not obeying his lesbian commander's order to say he supported homosexual marriage.

      Instead, the investigator read Monk his Miranda rights and informed him he was under criminal investigation for allegedly making a false statement  in interviews with the press.

      Monk has been assigned a military defense counsel, and the Air Force is considering whether to formally charge him with a crime. If it does, Monk would have to decide whether to admit guilt and accept punishment or to proclaim his innocence and face a court martial.

      Monk told Breitbart that he felt the charge was retaliation for going public with his religious discrimination complaint. It sounds like he has good reason to believe that. The section that he could be charged under deals with knowingly making a false official statement, but talking to the press about what he believes happened to him is neither official nor knowingly false.

      Berry said the charge being considered against Monk is "a court-martial offense in the military.

      Monk was disheartened by what he believes is a retaliatory and vindictive act by his commander." The incident started when Monk intervened in the punishment of another airman who had gotten in trouble for comments about homosexuals. Monk says he suggested to his commanding officer, a lesbian, that rather than a more severe punishment, the incident could be used as a teaching moment and an example of the importance of diversity.

      The commanding officer apparently got her hackles up when she smelled a Christian and started grilling Monk about his beliefs, trying to intimidate him into saying he supported homosexual marriage. Shortly thereafter, Monk was removed from his leadership position and reassigned to another unit, which he said he believes was retaliation on the part of the unit commander.

      Ret. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, who has been following the deterioration of religious freedom in the military under President Obama, said of Monk's situation, "The Obama-Hagel military leadership is not officially court-martialing Christians for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but you will be punished and might even face a court martial if you stand by the principles of your Christian faith when you are serving in uniform."

      The Pentagon came under fire in recent months for 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.

      One of the most abused phrases in our country's legal lexicon is "separation of church and state," a phrase which is not even in the Constitution. The First Amendment says Congress (and by extension any other branch of government) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. "Separation of church and state" actually comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a constituent who was concerned that the new federal government might try to regulate worship. Jefferson  wrote that the Constitution provided for a wall that protected churches from the government.

      In our day, this concept has been twisted by liberal judges and anti-Christian groups who claim that the First Amendment is meant to keep religion out of the public eye and politics. This of course turns the entire amendment and the idea of a "wall of separation" on its head and does precisely the thing the Founding Fathers wished to avoid: establishing a state religion, in this case, atheism. Sgt. Monk may yet become the first of many martyrs for their faith in our military. Ultimately, the pro-gay, pro-atheism advocates will greatly weaken, if not cripple, our armed forces if they are not stopped.

      Read more at http://godfatherpolitics.com/12450/christian-airman-may-face-court-martial-homosexual-marriage/#Voj8GDV0HUVuTvdR.99

      • http://www.americansafetydefense.com/index.html Bruce A. Frank

        Ray, I have done that on many occasions, but it is just too time consuming to do it time after time when I can find articles covering the topic on sites that do allow easy copying. BTW,Trying to copy it from your post, just to see if it would work that way. Nope, the paragraph formatting disappeared again when I tried to paste it.

        • toosmarttovoteGOP

          Perhaps they've wised up and are blocking site disseminating disinformation.

  • Marc

    I would ask that we 'out' the commander who attempted to force this man to support the logical farce that falls under the heading of 'Homosexual Marriage.' Further, why he was forced to intervene in what he thought was an extreme position taken by this same commander in a case involving another service member. Homosexuals should be extremely happy 'Don't ask, Don't tell' was rescinded. This action did not however make all heterosexuals embrace homosexuals, or their perverse activity in the matter of sex. Wiccans, Muslims, Sikhs, Atheists and Agnostics are also allowed to serve, however, barring the atheists, not one of them is demanding we affirm them, respect them or even like them. They are to be treated as all other A/D military members are. Not with special rights, not with special deference and more importantly no military troop is to be punished if they voice disapproval of anthers life,or marriage. Diversity is a word, and as President Obama says, 'words have meanings.' In this case, diversity is the word, and this commander shows a profound lack of respect for the word, the concept, and lacks any and all requirements to be a good leader.

  • Tionico

    "Leadership" of this sort will lead to a total breakdown in our military, by several means: new recruits, on hearing of this sort of treatment, will be chary to commit the next X years of their lives to live under this sort of tyranny. The military is already a difficult enough life without adding thus sort of abuse. Next, such :"leaders" drive their subjects before them out of fear, not lead them from in front with true leadership. NO leader can truly lead wihtout having the RESPECT of their men. Thus thing has forever broken any respect she formerly had by this manner fo treatment. And lastly, by insisting on this level of evem moral subjugation, she drives out ALL forms of diversity... her subjects will only obey because they have to, not because the trust, respect, or depend upon her. This is NOT good military leadership. In the heat of combat situations, she will HAVE no leadership, as she has not EARNED it by respecting her subjects.. for that is all they are, and they know it. Will they die for such a one? Not likely, at least not willingly. They know that her entire agenda is about HER. Not them, not the objective.

    • Rivahmitch

      "Leadership" of this sort will lead to a total breakdown in our military, by several means: new recruits, on hearing of this sort of treatment, will be chary to commit the next X years of their lives to live under this sort of tyranny."

      All consistent with the mulatto Mussolini's goals of creating an America not worth fighting for and a military less (or in) capable of fighting for it. KTNN!! Semper Fi!

  • http://yahoo Rev John W Turner

    This so-called commander?? needs to be relieved of duties and shipped to the most remote posting that still exists in the Air Force. And the rest of the fools in the pentagon need to be sent with her as well. God bless our country and not the stupid homosexuals and muslims condoned by obama. He should be the first to be shipped to the farthest post in any branch of service.

  • enubus

    I have dealt with Mikey Weinstein and his crazed minion before, and I am amazed that the Pentagon let this wacko shape policy. I stand with Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk and his religious beliefs. The UCMJ is not meant to usurp the 1st Amendment to push a perverted ideology!

  • Theo

    Stories like this should also state that the Supreme Court has already ruled that Atheism is in fact a religion, with the correct references.

  • toosmarttovoteGOP

    "Monk told Breitbart that he felt the charge was retaliation for going public with his religious discrimination complaint."

    So we're left to assume that Master Sergeant Monk told Breitbart (must...hold...in...laughter...)everything and that one of the most imaginatively dishonest FRWNJ disinformation sites in the whole of human history is telling us the TRUTH?!?!?!?!

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!

    Yeah, right. Good luck getting anyone with two brain cells (functional or otherwise) to buy THAT [crap].

  • Ron Stetz

    As of today, Sept 9, 2013, I just did a properly formatted copy of this article into LibreOffice Write, running Windows 7x64 SP1. I imagine the following steps work for Microsoft Word, and others. I do it the same for almost all websites; only a tiny few sites do not work. Just highlight the article by holding down the left mouse button, then CTRL-C. Instead of a straight paste, CTRL-V, so a 'Paste Special, CTRL-SHFT-V. You are presented with a list of choices. Do the Formatted text [TF]. Only text goes into your document. If any pictures are in the article, they come over as a blank rectangle that one deletes. In the actual article, hover over the picture/graph etc, right-mouse then Copy. Go to where the picture was deleted and do a regular, not special, paste. Now the picture can be resized, positioned, specific wrap options, etc. that one wants.

  • http://gulliblestravels.org Walt McLauren

    Apparently, a previous post I made was ambiguous. Please allow this clarification for our Christian brother.

    11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me. 14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!"

  • eagle7

    they protect gay by saying tht they have the right to whatever wht abt pple who are not gay, who's protect them, who's stand for them. this world it's just making sick with stupidity as rights...with all this we'll end up having claiming the right to rape or dnt know wht