Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, a patriot and U.S. Marine happens to be a Christian, has been CONVICTED at a court-martial hearing. Why? Because she had an Old Testament Bible verse on her computer desktop screen which said “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)
Sterling represented herself at trial and was convicted last year at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, as she refused to comply when a staff sergeant ordered her to remove the Bible verses from her desk.
She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. This is what happens when Barack Obama is Commander-in-Chief!
After other courts ruled against her, she finally got legal counsel. And it’s the same attorney who won before the Supreme Court on the famous Hobby Lobby case about religious freedom!
However, a religious liberty law firm and a high-powered, former U.S. solicitor general have taken up her case and have filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
“If the government can order a Marine not to display a Bible verse, they could try and order her not to get a religious tattoo, or go to church on Sunday,” said Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry. “Restricting a Marine’s free exercise of religion is blatantly unconstitutional.”
Sterling wised up and finally got legal counsel. Now representing her are the Liberty Institute along with former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, also a law professor at Georgetown University.
Clement most recently won a Supreme Court victory on behalf of Hobby Lobby against the Affordable Care Act.
Liberty Institute and Clement plan to argue that the appellate court should have applied the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Sterling’s case – protecting her right to post Bible verses as a form of religious exercise.
It is outrageous that rogue atheists in the military would treat a Christian this way. Our brave men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to fight terrorism, and they need all the prayers they can get.
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