Senior Master Sgt. Relieved Of Position Because Of Christian Faith

How would you feel if your boss asked you for your personal beliefs concerning homosexuality and then demanded that you answer the question honestly?  When you comply and tell the boss that homosexuality is a sin, the boss immediately relieves you of your position of authority because of your response.

That’s exactly what happened to Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk.

In 2010, Lackland Air Force, most known as the Air Force’s basic training, was merged with Randolph Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Sam Houston.  It is home not only to the Basic Military Training unit, but it is also encompasses a number of other units and training facilities.

Sgt. Monk is stationed at Lackland Air Force and has a spotless record for his 19 years of service to his country that is until his commander asked him a personal question.  The commander was talking with Monk about her upcoming promotion ceremony and mentioned that she thought the chaplain who was scheduled to deliver the benediction was a bigot.  She told Monk that it was because the chaplain preached that homosexuality was a sin.

According to Monk, he objected to the commander’s statement about the chaplain.  She then asked him for his personal views on homosexuality and commanded him to answer honestly.  When he stated that in accordance with his Christian belief that homosexuality was a sin, his commander immediately relieved him of his position.

Sgt. Monk has retained the services of attorney Mike Berry of the Liberty Institute.  Berry stated that the Air Force is denying Monk’s account of what was said and says that this should be a warning to everyone in the military.  Even though Sgt Monk has a 19 year spotless career and is within one year of retirement, he could find himself being forcibly discharged from the Air Force with no retirement benefits at all because of his Christian faith.

Berry commented:

“You cannot criminalize somebody’s thoughts. You criminalize actions, not thoughts.  Within the military never before have we reached that status.”

“We’re now at this juncture … if you don’t believe, or think in a particular manner, that’s going to be held against you.”

“He had to agree with her beliefs, and if he wasn’t able to do that, he was deemed unfit to hold that position.  This is a dangerous and slippery slope … that somehow the government is going to be delving into your thoughts.”

It seems that Senior Master Sgt. Monk is not the only one being singled out by the military because of their Christian faith and belief that homosexuality is a sin.  Steve Branson is the pastor at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio.  His church is about 20 minutes away from Lackland Air Force Base and a number of military personnel attend services at his church.  In a Fox News Radio interview with Todd Starnes, Branson stated:

“Anyone who doesn’t hold to the right view on homosexuality is having a very difficult time.”

“I’m raising the warning.  It’s not a good situation out here. The military’s job is not to fight these kinds of battles. Christians are having to walk so carefully. I hear it every Sunday at church.”

As long as Obama and his liberally tailored military command remain in control, Christians will find it more and more difficult to live their faith while serving our nation.  I believe this is being done deliberately to tailor the entire military to one that will follow Obama into his war against patriotic Americans.  Christian soldiers are less likely to obey orders to fire upon fellow citizens who stand up for their constitutional rights.  But pro-homosexual personnel already have a warped sense of right and wrong and moral values and will be more likely to follow their gay activist hero into whatever battle he leads them in, including the one against you and me.


  • Sandra123456

    That Commander ought to ask the soldiers of Muslim faith what they feel about homosexuality, too.

    • Papa Tich

      Sorry, that is a protected faith within our armed services... and if one commits treason, sides with our enemies and kills 13 of his own fellow soldiers then according to the current administration it is simply a "work place violence" incident... nothing to be concerned with.

  • hollander

    I'm a veteran, and the military is no place for some sort of social engineering project.

    • Papa Tich

      It's what the Dems do...

  • mari

    The THOUGHT POLICE are out and about. Soon they will be demanding that you swear an allegiance to all things politically correct to get a mark on your forehead and hand that will allow you to enter into any form of commerce.

  • John1943

    Absolutely disgusting. Whatever happened to the First Amendment? Whatever happened to "I disagree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it!"

    Why should military personnel be expected to fight to the death on the orders of people who don't even respect their 1st amendment rights to think differently?

    The pendulum has swung too far. The sooner we get rid of this administration the better.

  • USARetired

    The entire Outhouse staff, including 'The Illegal One', and the Pentagon senior officers should be relieved over this ludicrous illegal action, which is another socialist un constitutional action!

  • bobmead1960

    This is what you get for a second helping of Obuma! Kind of leaves a bad taste in one's mouth! More like PUKE! It also makes on sick!

    • hdtex

      YOU make ME sick. I hope you choke on your puke.......Too many christians.......too few lions.

      • bobmead1960

        What is with you dude? Do you have no scruples? What is so bad about "followers of Christ?" I know you were debating or you might say insulting me before. I got thisck skin. But what do you want to accomplish. I said I could prove the existence of God to you. Why would you want to 'enjoy' life only to spend eternity in eternal separation from God in a state of agonizing and suffering? I can't see how that is logical? Explain please.

        • VT Patriot

          Bob, I'd ignore him. If he doesn't want to believe, that's his choice. Personally, I think I'd rather believe than not to take a chance and not believe. If he thinks he's going to be the winner, good luck to him. If he is wrong, - - - Oh well, tough noogies for him. Forever.

        • bobmead1960

          It's sad because I am writing a book to prove God's existence to men. That is why so many men don't like faith based systems because they don't want to be suckers. They also like to earn everything they get. 2 Very important points to the lack of spirituality of men. this coupled with a hardened heart from years of challenges makes men like an 'onion' that has to have its layers peeled off in layers to get to the real core and potentially change it. Tks though

  • Graywolf12

    What a bunch of crap. She should be drummed out of the service for multiple charges and MSgt., Monk reinstated and prompted. I am ashamed of the branch I spent 21 years of my life in. Ret o-4

  • craigzimmerman12

    I have been seeing lots of stories similar to this. There seems to be a deliberate effort to remove all Christian influence from the military.

  • Gordon Brown

    Lesbians have a special place in the military. The first one there reached out to the second one, and then more behind them. A multi level marketing scheme with our tax money. Slimy and disgusting. They shave with the men, these dykes, and squeeze your balls if you complain. I would rather have a tough drill instructor. I cannot imagine what Parris Island is like today. When I was there in 1965, there were no time outs for tampons and PMS.

    If I had this one as a platoon lieutenant in the 'Nam, I would have to turn away, when the grenade went off in her tent, and the patrol would then be led by a Sergeant who knew how not to get me killed.

  • bigjohn767

    When I joined homosexuality was banned. Then it became "don't ask, don't tell". Now it's allowed openly. I'm glad I retired before it becomes mandatory...

    • Judicious

      Senior Master Sgt. Monk’s experience suggests that homosexuality may already be “de facto” mandatory among some military members…

  • DEANS

    CAN YOU IMAGINE, DURING GREAT SEX, SAYING "OH, MO-HAM-ID, OH, MO-HAM-ID". I CAN'T!!!

    • Judicious

      No. But America is being blatantly raped by OH-BAH-MAH, OH-BAH MAH…!!!

  • Judicious

    Acknowledging and rejecting perverse reality is not bigotry. Virtually everyone knows what homosexuals are and what comprises their prurient, self-gratifying activities... we are only beginning to learn WHO they are:
    *Top government officials
    *Judicial activists
    *Military opportunists
    *Entertainers
    *Media members
    *Clergy stalkers
    *Educators
    *NAMBLA
    *Six% (?) of the general population.

    Obama, the Democrat party and the courts demonstrably condone, even support, the pernicious, regressive, noxious homosexual agenda. They blatantly defy the will of the people by fostering:
    *Perverse indoctrination of very young school children
    *Legalization of absurd same-sex marriage
    *Violating freedom of religion
    *Harassment of heterosexuals who want no part of homosexuality
    *Exposing military personnel to the vilest sexual harassment.

  • greyhound44

    Unfortunately, my CO (RADM MC USN) was not a homosexual (my chief of radiology then a CAPT MC USN may have been), otherwise I might have escaped my obligated service of 3 years.
    fmr LCDR MC USNR NUKE - resigned July 1978

  • CajunPatriot

    The Liberty Institute will represent Monk well. I expect Sgt. Monk will be retired, if that is what he wants. The military will lose this one, and knows they will, and likely will offer to settle for complete retirement with no admission of guilt or responsibility. The next time the commander does this, she will be more discreet, and will seek any other reason besides this, to dismiss or lower rank. The commander will not be disciplined by the military. These orders were handed down by the highest ranking military as they were given to them by Obama, the Supreme Pervert.

  • Albert York

    Here's the truth:

    Monk supervised a staff sergeant who was openly opposing homosexuality on religious grounds to trainees, violating policy that prohibits officers from using a position of authority to promote personal religious beliefs. He informed his commanding officer, and when she insisted that the sergeant be punished, Monk resisted because he shared the same beliefs and didn’t believe them to be discriminatory. In fact, he asserted that the sergeant did nothing wrong and it should just be a “learning experience.”

    In other words, the case is not about his beliefs about marriage or homosexuality, but about his willingness to follow his commander’s instructions and enforce military policy. It doesn’t matter that Monk’s commanding officer was a lesbian or that her opinion on marriage equality differs from his. Furthermore, he wasn’t “fired,” he was simply reassigned, and he even admits that he was due for a reassignment and that his new position is commensurate with his rank and experience.

    So I guess it's okay to disobey orders if you think God wants you to. Now THAT would make for a good military, since everyone seems to interpret God in his own way. Witness the hundreds of different Christian sects and cults

    • madinillinois

      Where exactly did you get that info - were you there??

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.varisco.3 Victor Varisco

    Here is a case for the Supreme Court. Separation of religious beliefs and the state are as common to our freedom under our Constitution as any of the Bill of Rights. If this soldier was signing the praises of the islamic faith, radical or not, obama would be singing his praises. Wars are won by winning a series of battles and this is a battle we will win if we have the courage.

  • sammy13

    As a 25 year veteran, I can say with some authority that you never voice your opinion on contentious issues involving politics, sex, and religion. You decline with respect, and let the other party know in no uncertain terms that your feelings or opinion or thoughts on certain topics are your s and yours alone. It is also ok to tell your boss that the topic or question or conversation is inappropriate. To do anything less is to invite disaster.

    Freedom of speech does not come with an enlistment.

    • Taquoshi

      We've become a nation of "TMI" (Too Much Information) and "No privacy". People regularly spill their innermost unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Facebook and then cry when there is some kind of backlash. Time to grow up and become adults, people.

      • Billy The Squid

        "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States; emphasis mine. Time for you to grow up and abide by the Constitution.

        • Taquoshi

          Time for you to grow up and abide by the Constitution.

          Wow! What an attack. Apparently, you read much, much more into what I said than I ever intended.

          I was agreeing with Sammy. He could have just said that it wasn't any of her business. My point was that people seem to think they have the right to judge everyone else's thoughts by their own standards.

          But he absolutely does have the right of Freedom of Speech, which is what the court case will be focused on.

  • prbrown60

    It disgusts me just how far into the gutter this country has sunk. Persecuting and criminalizing any upstanding individual with Christian moral values. Values and standards this country was founded on. Only amoral godless heathens are only recognize andd and allowed to serve, There was a time when I could hold my head up high and proclaim as the song says: " I am proud to be an American." But not any more. Pedophiles, and Sodomites are the accepted norm today. Christians and morally upstanding people are ridiculed and harrassed into silence by amoral god-hating animals.
    There will come a time when God will remove his protective hand from this once great country. And all you amoral godless heathens will face the "wrath of God" And i do not care whether you believe me or not, IT WILL HAPPEN.

  • hedwig61

    Please find out the facts before believing anything. The facts of this case are that the Master Sgt. was not "fired" - he was reassigned because he disagreed and pretty much disobeyed an order from his superior officer, to formally reprimand an officer who blatantly was telling trainees about his religious objections on homosexuality. It is against protocol for officers to use their position of authority to talk about such matters. THAT is why he was reassigned - to a commensurate position according to his years of experience and skillset, mind you. Master Sgt Monk is suing because he is worried about not receiving some medal, because he didn't obey his commanding officer. Facts -- funny how this story is much different than depicted above, eh?

    • Judicious

      Yes, please find out the facts:

      a. The article did not claim that Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk was fired
      b. The article reported that the officer “commanded him to answer honestly”, which Master Sgt. Phillip Monk did, so no order was disobeyed
      c. The article did not report any violation of chain-of-command protocol
      d. The article reported about an alleged barefaced attempt of an officer using a position of authority to advance homosexual indoctrination
      e. The article reported that an officer “immediately relieved him of his position” because of Master Sgt. Phillip Monk’s religious beliefs.

      I suspect you might be commenting on an article in the “National Gay News” magazine, or more likely, your comment is merely a fabrication to promote your homosexual agenda -- funny how this story is much different than your fabrications, eh?

    • fort9erdon

      hedwig61, ................... how long have you been gay? Are you a professional writer, or is your comment merely a product of your vivid imagination? Your facts are sorely lacking, which tends me to believe you are simply "making it up as you go", to further your own homosexual tendencys.

    • Ellen

      Where did you get your story? If it is true, then the reassignment is ok. It never said anything about that in the article though. I am for the truth and the consequences of one's actions. How can we verify the article?

    • http://pastorsb.com/ Doug Roy

      Even if your version were true, hedwig, it is completely wrong that officers cannot express their opinion to their troops or anyone, especially regarding what is morally right and wrong. Homosexuality is evil and perverse and has no place in the military or society, nor should any officer be touting it as anything but evil. When such matters of corruption infiltrate the military, it divides the troops and weakens the nation. Sodom and Gomorrah are still ash heaps today and the God has not changed. Will we let our military and nation become the next "burning grounds?"

    • SupportMcCarthyism

      Other than the willfully ignorant, who are you kidding?

    • Loyal American

      How did he not "obey" her??? He COMPLETELY obeyed her AND SHE RELIEVED HIM OF DUTY --- AGAINST PROTOCAL.

    • Billy The Squid

      "...he was reassigned because he disagreed and pretty much disobeyed an
      order from his superior officer, to formally reprimand an officer..."

      Since when does an enlisted man formally reprimand an officer? Your entire comment smacks of board-certifiable hogwash.

  • Richard Diaz, Sr.

    The power of the sick homosexual activists has gone above and beyond all human comprehension and the sick thing is, America as a whole has allowed it backed up by our spineless and cowardly politicians who refuse to address this madness with tenacity, aggressiveness and mainly real anger. If they would only draft up a Const. Ammend. against same-sex marriage and place it into our Constitution, all this stupidity would stop once and for all and states that have legalized this madness would have no choice but to repeal this abnormal, unnatural counterfeit marriage business.

    • http://pastorsb.com/ Doug Roy

      If only that were true. However, the Supreme Court would rule the Amendment unconstitutional in a heart beat. The Court is out of control with absolute power, as long as there is no check in the Constitution to stop them. Even throwing the bums out does not overturn their evil decisions. Something has to change. If we simply rely on the right people getting in office, then when the wrong people get back in, all will be reversed. The Constitutional checks and balances are not working, nor are they adequate. As Patrick Henry laughed at the supposed checks and balances, so do I, having seen how unworkable they really are to stop tyranny's rampage.

      • Richard Diaz, Sr.

        I wholeheartedly concur with your statement.It's a shame the rest of the country doesn't read this especially our pathetic politicians.

      • Richard Diaz, Sr.

        I agree about what our ignorant Supreme Ct. would declare and the thing is, no matter what people believe in or state, it always seems to be unconstitutional. Our poor and great Constitution seems to always disagree on everything that comes down the pike no matter what it is, truly amazing.

  • SandraJ

    Soldiers serve so our first amendments rights are protected. Why are theirs not?

  • Givendoly

    The Military is being weeded out purposely! Plans are ongoing to turn this Nation into an Islamic one, with the beast at the helm!

    • Loyal American

      You are so right!!! Why else did Obama bring in Hamas Terrorists under the guise of being War REFUGEES, and living FREE on the TAXES we pay!!! Remember the old Foreign Program against us, to PUT IN PLACE their terrorists against us, to get rid of us and our Country, on DEMAND!!! We know that he has been a MUSLIM his whole life, AND AGAINST US, like his Mother.

  • Ellen

    Your opinion is your opinion and should have nothing to do with your service. That commander is way out of line. Not everyone believes the same as anyone. That is not the real world. The commander should be given a dishonorable discharge.

  • Aaron Freeman

    That CO should be relieved of command for dereliction of duty!

  • liberty49

    The Bible tells us that we will be vilified for our beliefs. I will not be forced to forsake my beliefs for anyone. God be with all those who are facing the new norms of our services. Contact the ACLJ.

  • SupportMcCarthyism

    I'm thankful that when I served in the Navy, one didn't have to put up with this liberal crap they have in the military today. You ask, you tell and they got a dishonorable discharge--period!

  • Kristin Elizabeth Barr

    I was denied a job offer because the interviewer asked me if I'd conduct commitment ceremonies for gays and I said no. One thing, the question was illegal, but she asked it. I wasn't going to lie just to get the job, so I answered honestly....no, I would not. I'm glad I didn't get the job as I wouldn't want to work for her anyway. Not after her tone changed after I answered that question "incorrectly."

  • Robert Osenenko

    I will make a related point but first say the government is in a dilemma when it practices retaliation. The end result is ineffective government. Now moving on, those with liberal ideals have some very good points, but every aspect of life cannot be liberalized. It surprises me that a person can believe the entire society should be liberalized and shocked when there is an increase in violence. Liberalization of everything means you have to tear out limitations. A society must have limits such as the Ten Commandments, if you liberalize them constraints are also liberalized. For example, I like the idea that people can do (almost) anything they want in their home, but I don't think its acceptable to do that behavior in the public. Democracy by definition relies on a basic assumption that there will be sufficient disagreement that opposing sides will make the political machinery work. The Air Force Senior Master Sgt. has an opposing side- that's what we need-to avoid stagnation. I like the idea he wants to tussle with the opposing side.