Airman won’t support same-sex marriage, punished by commandrix

Watching the signs of the times!

From Breitbart:


Updating our earlier report on Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a Christian serving in the Air Force whose unit is now commanded by a lesbian: according to Monk’s complaint filed with his superiors, he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage.
Now the Air Force has taken the first steps to criminally investigate Monk for talking to the media about his situation. Despite the fact that earlier this year the Obama-Hagel Pentagon said they would never court-martial a service member for their Christian faith, they have taken the first steps to possibly court-martial Monk.

On Monk’s situation, Gen. Boykin says:
We now see what is happening to Christians under President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. This appears to be an intimidation tactic to send a message to other Christians in the military that you better not speak up when we violate your religious liberty. A statement to the media is not an official statement, so it’s absurd to consider charging him with this crime. 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.
A court martial is a criminal prosecution in the military. Depending on the crime, punishments can range from reduction in rank and withholding pay to dishonorable discharge from the military or even imprisonment.
Boykin said FRC and the coalition is collecting signatures for a petition to the secretary of the Air Force, calling upon him not to punish Sergeant Monk for refusing to compromise his Christian beliefs.

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  1. ByzCath08 says:

    Sadly, we will probably start seeing much more of this type of harassment as our country continues the downward spiral. You have the Oregon business owners who are being put out of business for their religious beliefs. Soon, it will be the Church being sanctioned for next performing same sex weddings.

    We are experiencing the passion of the Church talked about by many mystics. I pray that we all have strong faith to choose our Lord when the time comes. Kyrie Eleison.

  2. Magash says:

    This is very bad. Under article 134
    “Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.”
    Basically if a commander contends that your actions are prejudicial “of good order and discipline in the armed forces” or bring “discredit upon the armed forces” you can be prosecuted. In good times this article prevents “sea lawyers” and layabouts from harming unit cohesion and bringing discredit upon the services by their actions. In the hands of unscrupulous, morally repugnant actors it allows good people to be persecuted. No doubt we will continue to see this in the future.
    Saints Maurice and Exuperius, martyrs of the Theban Legion pray for us.

  3. Not in the AF myself, but I have the impression from those I know in the AF, that this persecution isn’t widespread. However these growing stories create a subtle fear for anyone of moral conscience in the armed forces. Also, because of this growing environment, personnel are being subjected to different forms of training from ‘sensitivity’ to simple ‘respect and togetherness’ activities. On top of that, these guys are watching as special treatment, benefits and pay are being given to those who define themselves by their sexual habits. Not only are those in the lower ranks being subjected to this bullying, but there many in the high ranks, who are responsible for hundred or thousands, in fear of losing their lifelong careers and future retirement as they are ordered to comply.

    I’d like to hear from anybody in the AF or other branches of our military, or any other martial forces. How bad is this environment, really?

    As with the clergy, armed forces are at risk when the top goes bad, because of the structure based on authority and obedience. There’s obedience, and there’s blind obedience. What a dilemma for their livelihood and the struggle with what’s okay and what’s a sin.

  4. Sonshine135 says:

    My Father served 20 years in the US Air Force and was a Veteran of the Vietnam-era. I served 6 years and I am a Veteran of the Southwest Asian Conflicts and the Haitian Campaigns from the 90’s. I served 3 years in the Army Guard. I would never, ever encourage any of my children to join the military today. The military has become one giant joke of a social experiment for the Obama Administration. It is these social experiments that have broken down the morale of our men and women in uniform. A “unit” implies unity, but now our troops are fed diversity. You have missile units that cannot even pass an Operational Readiness Inspection anymore, yet the military is now giving Homosexuals an extra 10 days leave per year to get married. Where are the priorities people? The only thing I am wondering is when Tricare and Tricare Prime will start providing gender reassignment surgeries on the taxpayer dime.

    It really saddens me that a person like myself would no longer be welcomed to put a uniform on anymore. For me, it was always for God, Family, and Country. These are indeed perilous times.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    “he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage.”

    Why the heck are we wasting court time on something that a first year JAG could see is an unlawful order. In fact, it is the commander who is upsetting good order and discipline by violating the well-formed conscience of her subordinate. She is the one who should be court martialed. In fact, she should be thrown out of the Air Force for abuse of power. Literally, nothing the Air Force could say can make an evil into a good.

    Someone should tell these incompetent people about the four classical freedoms of Christians (not all will be reached in this life):

    1. Freedom from want
    2. Freedom from fear
    3. Freedom from the state
    4. I forget the last one :(

    If the state acts in an immoral fashion, nothing of the act or command is binding on the Christian. No oath of duty, ironically sworn before God, can remove these rights. Freedom from the state is allied to free will and is inviolate, as long as the conscience is well-formed, as it is in this case. All they have is power, not authority. The commander lost that when he/she opened their mouth to issue an unjust and immoral order and it doesn’t matter what they argue for the basis. They are forever and always wrong.

    If the lawyers and judges cannot see that they are not the final arbiters of the law, then they need to go. A dishonorable discharge for this would be a badge of glory in heaven and the judge and prosecutors will be forced to see it at the judgment.

    The Chicken

  6. The Chicken is correct that, at least as it is being reported, the superior has given an unlawful order, namely requiring the accused to state that he believes something he does not believe. She has, to all intents and purposes, ordered him to lie. She could order him to state what he believes concerning same sex marriage, and insofar as he is honest and (the following is important) respectful in his answer, were she to penalize him in any way she would likely be open to charges herself.

    I was not a JAG officer during my slightly more than 20 years, but I did have training (in both OCS and after being promoted to O-4) in Military Justice, and having reviewed the UCMJ before beginning this comment, see no article under which she can lawfully charge him so long as he did not act towards, or speak to her, in a disrespectful manner. This is a case that, as presented, suggests that she should be reassigned, and probably be cashiered for lack of leadership abilities, including lack of judgment.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  7. Imrahil says:

    Only, dear @Martial Artist,

    and insofar as he is honest and (the following is important) respectful in his answer

    might be a decisive point.

    It is technically impossible for a subordinate who disagrees with a superior to be respectful enough. In such cases, the subordinate depends entirely on the superior’s good-will (which of course mostly exists). Of course, there is that utter disrespect which we would presume to be sinful; it is technically possible to be disrespectful. But should the superior wish to find fault, then fault he will find. Without exception.

    It is – excuse the generalization – the sad thing that our martyrdom will not come for the just and good cause, courageously sacrificing existence or life and all that. No: if the enemy is smart, it will come as a punishment for the (however slight) actual sins and offences we do give.

    In this case, that particular enemy was either not smart, or testing how far she could possibly go with being backed by her own superiors. It’s terryfying that that actually worked, for the dear @Chicken is of course entirely correct.

    Frankly, I have a slight guess in my mind.

    The unit-leaderess being both a soldieress and a lesbian was in the mood of ensuring her own authority by humbling her opponent. She may have thought that whoever opposes same-sex marriages does also oppose female soldiers on maybe another and maybe a less forceful but still a principle.

    Another thought:

    What worries me particularly is that she leads a unit.

    If it was about a nco, it would look not unsimilar to the “rough tone” of nco’s which sometimes does extend to giving unconscionable orders for fun.

    Officers normally would not do things like that.

  8. Imrahil says:

    She may have thought…

    and in this thought, I forgot to add, she was probably not so wrong at least in general

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  10. The Sicilian Woman says:

    It’s part of the plan to weaken the military, which the US Messiah referred to recently as, “my military.”

  11. JMody says:

    Clearly desperate times are upon us. The commander/drix here shows such poor judgment that in a proper military, her fitness for leadership should be brought into question.

    However, the Uniform Code of Military Justice does have some very ominous punitive articles, and, from the story, the airman/NCO in the hot seat is apparently in for quite an interesting time:
    Now the Air Force has taken the first steps to criminally investigate Monk for talking to the media about his situation.
    END QUOTE————-

    So the “first steps” are merely an investigation. What was said to whom and by whom, and when, and what motives would there have been. If SGT Monk went to the press and said “Here’s the official position of Lostinthewoods Airbase …”, that’s very different from going to the press and saying “I say this as a private citizen who happens to serve, all things here are my opinion, BUT here’s what’s happening to me …”. As we’ve already established, the emotionally unstable, impaired commandrix will do all in her power to paint WHATEVER he said as disrespect to her or as bringing discredit upon the service (again, in a fair world, TRY to make that stick!). But the first steps are the investigation. Pray for all of them.
    Interesting, harrowing times.

  12. JamesM says:

    Sorry, I can’t get my ahead around why supporting “gay marriage” has to do with any military.

    What next, ordering soldiers to state they love Lady Gaga?

  13. Supertradmum says:

    The undermining of the morale and morals of the military has been done on purpose, folks…Gramsci win, mark 8

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