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Christian Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Refusing to Affirm Homosexual ‘Marriage’
Christian News Network ^ | August 19, 2013 | Heather Clark

Posted on 08/20/2013 6:35:57 PM PDT by daniel1212

Fini flightSAN ANTONIO – A Christian Air Force Veteran has been relieved of his duties after declining to affirm homosexual marriage.

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk has served in the Air Force for 19 years, and has been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. When he recently returned from deployment, he found that he had a new commander, who was a lesbian.

Monk says that in his early communication with the commander, he knew there would be concerns.

“She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a ‘bigot’ because he preached that homosexuality is a sin,” he explained to reporters. “She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of cr**.’ I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful about what I said.”

Monk was later asked to advise the commander regarding a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor who had expressed his disagreement with homosexual “marriage” in a written presentation.

“Her very first reaction was to say, ‘We need to lop off the head of this guy,’” he recalled. “The commander took the position that his speech was discrimination.”

However, when Monk read the words at issue, he believed that the instructor had not done anything wrong.

“He was trying to essentially say [that] despite our differences, it’s the Air Force core values that unite us, and in that process he made some sort of statement about, ‘I don’t believe in same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t matter. I’m going to train you the same anyway,’” he explained.

But the commander told Monk that he needed to be on the same page as she was, and that if he didn’t do so, he would be moved elsewhere. She then questioned him on whether he believes it is discrimination for a person to state that they disagree with homosexual “marriage.” He replied that he did not wish to answer because of his convictions.

Monk was then relieved of his duties because he would not affirm the commander’s beliefs.

The Liberty Institute, a Christian legal organization in Plano, Texas, is now representing Monk. Attorney Hiram Sasser told reporters that he believes that while homosexuals are coming out of the closet in the military, Christians are getting shoved into it.

“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” he asked. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

Co-counsel Kelly Shackelford told FOX News that the commander’s actions were unlawful.

“What happened here to Sergeant Monk is a violation of Air Force policy; it’s a violation of DOD policy; it’s a violation of the Constitution,” he said. “Our soldiers deserve a lot better. They’ve given service for us to protect [our] freedoms, so I think the least we can do is to stand with them when they are under attack.”

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Monk was later asked to advise the commander regarding a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor who had expressed his disagreement with homosexual “marriage” in a written presentation.

“Her very first reaction was to say, ‘We need to lop off the head of this guy,’” he recalled. “The commander took the position that his speech was discrimination.”

However, when Monk read the words at issue, he believed that the instructor had not done anything wrong.

But the commander told Monk that he needed to be on the same page as she was, and that if he didn’t do so, he would be moved elsewhere.

This is what homosexual activists earnestly desire to do with all who are not on the same page, or bed, with them.

The evil of this is on many fronts, and what is signifies makes one wonder what it would take to bring America back to her senses and to Christ. As "the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God," (Psalms 9:17) so she must.

1 posted on 08/20/2013 6:35:57 PM PDT by daniel1212
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To: daniel1212

This is BS.
He doesn’t have to affirm anyones marriage but his own.


2 posted on 08/20/2013 6:39:07 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: daniel1212

And it begins.......


3 posted on 08/20/2013 6:40:07 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: daniel1212

We will soon have political commissars with every military unit...

What a lousy commanding officer.


4 posted on 08/20/2013 6:41:04 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: svcw

Obama has single handedly destroyed the Military.


5 posted on 08/20/2013 6:41:48 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: daniel1212

Quote Al Jolson:

You aint seen nothin’ yet.


6 posted on 08/20/2013 6:44:18 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: daniel1212

7 posted on 08/20/2013 6:44:21 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Agreed.
My nephew is 19 years in Special Forces, is not going to re-up.
My niece Air Force will not re-up.
They will finish their assignments, then end their careers.
I am sadden by this.


8 posted on 08/20/2013 6:44:27 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: 2banana

“We will soon have political commissars with every military unit...”

I was just thinking the soviets had a party boss in every army unit. I believe the Nazis did also.

in about 4 years the us armed services will look nothing like those at the time of gen patton.

imagine all the lives and suffering that they gave to this country, and now this.


9 posted on 08/20/2013 6:45:33 PM PDT by willywill
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To: daniel1212

This is just awful. However, why don’t people just work? They have turned the military into a social club. I mean does Monk not have a job? He should have said, “Ma’am, I will take care of the young Airman, but for now I need to get back to work.” That would have been the right way to go.


10 posted on 08/20/2013 6:46:08 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: svcw

My nephew is 19 years in Special Forces, is not going to re-up.

20 is enough. He probably has only months until retirement if he is at 19 years. I mean I did 24, but if I knew now what I knew then, I would have left at 20.


11 posted on 08/20/2013 6:47:39 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: mylife

Glade I served when I did and not under this POC (Carter chased me out with is idiot policies).


12 posted on 08/20/2013 6:47:54 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: daniel1212

This isn’t good for unit cohesiveness. They’ll be shooting at each other instead of the enemy.


13 posted on 08/20/2013 6:48:18 PM PDT by virgil
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To: daniel1212

Last days bump.


14 posted on 08/20/2013 6:48:23 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: doc1019

I made it through Carter and into the Reagan era.
Jimmah was universally despised.


15 posted on 08/20/2013 6:52:12 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: svcw

At least they have the chance to get full retirement.


16 posted on 08/20/2013 6:53:18 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

AMEN!


17 posted on 08/20/2013 6:53:23 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2banana

What about the commanders over Hasan?


18 posted on 08/20/2013 6:55:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: napscoordinator; ansel12
This is just awful. However, why don’t people just work? They have turned the military into a social club. I mean does Monk not have a job? He should have said, “Ma’am, I will take care of the young Airman, but for now I need to get back to work.” That would have been the right way to go.

Maybe a veteran could explain it better, but he was doing his job regarding a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor, which is where this began.

And regardless, rather than your live and let live approach, it is the job of everyone to oppose evil and promote good. Martin Niemöller at first tried your approach, and as one man said, all that is needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

19 posted on 08/20/2013 7:06:48 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

This major Valenzela is the WORST kind of Officer.
This is not about your personal beliefs Beeothch.
It is about unit cohesiveness.

She will have them all hating her in short order.
Good job Major Queereeg.


20 posted on 08/20/2013 7:17:03 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: daniel1212

What kind of officer goes on record that Her personal secular beliefs count but another peoples religious beliefs don’t?

A very poor, arrogant one.


21 posted on 08/20/2013 7:19:48 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: svcw

It is sad, but wise i think.


22 posted on 08/20/2013 7:23:47 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

She wants to see bigots??? Just let her get captured by Iranians. They’ll make a REAL woman out of her before they disembowel her and feed her to the goats!


23 posted on 08/20/2013 7:25:10 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: daniel1212
How will Obama reconcile his gay-friendly military with the Imams?
24 posted on 08/20/2013 7:27:42 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama lies, smokes, blasphemes, eats pork, reads your mail, eavesdrops and drinks during Ramadan)
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To: daniel1212; napscoordinator

The man was doing his job, he couldn’t avoid saying and doing what his job called for.


25 posted on 08/20/2013 7:35:48 PM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is radical social leftism, not economics)
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To: mylife
Jimmah was universally despised.

With the exception of the 11% payraise, under his watch.

26 posted on 08/20/2013 7:57:24 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: SERE_DOC

That was under Reagan.


27 posted on 08/20/2013 7:59:51 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SERE_DOC

It was like a cloud had lifted when Reagan took office.


28 posted on 08/20/2013 8:01:35 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: napscoordinator

In the AF, 1st Sgt is a job title, not a rank. What he was doing was right in the core of his job description:

8F000 - FIRST SERGEANT

Special Duty Summary: (Note: This is a special duty assignment job. It is not available to new enlistees). Principal advisor to the commander on all issues related to the enlisted force; and exercises general supervision over assigned enlisted personnel. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 521.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides the commander a mission-ready enlisted force to execute the unit mission. Must remain vigilant for, and move to resolve, issues that, left unchecked, would adversely impact the readiness of enlisted members. Prepares enlisted personnel of the organization to deploy in support of mission requirements. Exercise the necessary leadership to provide and sustain a mission-ready workforce for the commander.

Advises the commander on a wide range of topics including the health, esprit de crops, discipline, mentoring, well being, career progression, professional development, and recognition of all assigned enlisted members. Assists the commander in preparation and execution of unit training and information programs (e.g. commander’s call). Attends staff meetings. Represents the commander at base meetings and councils, and when conducting tours through unit areas.

Works with fellow senior noncommissioned officers (SNCO) and supervisory personnel to ensure discipline is equitably maintained, and the health, esprit de crops, discipline, mentoring, and welfare of the enlisted force are met. Ensures supervisors set an appropriate example for the subordinates. Provides leadership and guidance to supervisors and members enabling them to resolve problems or complaints at the lowest level. Coordinates the resolution of complex problems with the supervisor, member, commander, and appropriate base agencies. Maintains liaison with base agencies to ensure availability of services for unit members. Ensures training is provided on matters of leadership, customs and courtesies, dress and personal appearance, self-discipline, adherence to standards, drill and ceremony, safety, hygiene, and sanitation. Supports and promotes profession military education activities. Corrects conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.

Assists enlisted personnel in adapting to military environment and adjusting to the organization and duty assignments. Monitors unit sponsorship programs and conducts orientation for newly assigned personnel. Make frequent contact with unit members at work, housing, and recreation areas.

Manages care and upkeep of unit dormitories and adjacent grounds. Participates in the Quarters Improvement Committee. Inspects dormitories, day rooms, and unit areas as necessary. Initiates corrective action when required. Addresses housing concerns, ensuring personnel are expeditiously housed, accounted for, and issues or conditions, which have the potential to negatively impact readiness, are resolved.

Supervises administrative actions directed by the commander. Coordinates with supervisors of enlisted personnel to schedule unit functions, duties, leave, passes, and other absences from duty. Performs quality force review and ensures timely processing of performances reports, awards, decorations, favorable communications, promotions, demotions, classification actions, quality control actions, and disciplinary actions.

Works closely with the command chief master sergeant to ensure enlisted members understand and are prepared to execute the mission. Develops and executes specific goals, plans, and objectives to address issues related to enlisted members.


29 posted on 08/20/2013 8:02:51 PM PDT by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: SERE_DOC

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1338&dat=19811007&id=1OpWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3579,1491280


30 posted on 08/20/2013 8:02:53 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Gil4

In other words a senior NCO liaison between the troops and the Brass.


31 posted on 08/20/2013 8:05:42 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Gil4

A good commander would be well advised to listen to this man.
He has a temperament that is leveler than the Major.

The troops can smell that stuff.


32 posted on 08/20/2013 8:08:20 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Gil4

I wonder where the command chief master sergeant stands on the matter?


33 posted on 08/20/2013 8:10:43 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
Obama has single handedly destroyed the Military.

No, I'm afraid not. Obama is merely the hand-puppet of a much more sinister and pervasive malevolent force. Please remember that Obama is simply a symptom - an abominable symptom, to be sure - of a very powerful evil that has engulfed society. It existed when Obama was in diapers. Now, it controls him.

34 posted on 08/20/2013 8:12:08 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

And also remember that the Military is the social petri dish.


35 posted on 08/20/2013 8:14:51 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
And also remember that the Military is the social petri dish.

Absolutely. He is using the Military as a microcosm of the model he wants for society entire.

36 posted on 08/20/2013 8:21:09 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Exactly.

And believe me, part of this Majors attitude is personal, but the green light is coming from the White house.


37 posted on 08/20/2013 8:23:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: daniel1212
I knew this was coming over 20 years ago. I was in the AF as a chapel manager and I was told I would support satanic worship services within the chaplaincy. When I opposed it (I was a SSgt/E-5, and the commanding officer was a LtCol/O-5) I was told my career was finished and I best leave. So I did. But I knew where it would lead and I wasn't wrong.

Satanists and homosexuals now run the military, if I may be so blunt. I am still looking for work outside of the federal government, because my time will come (again) just as it did for this Christian man.

38 posted on 08/20/2013 9:19:04 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: daniel1212

Things are so queer nowadays.


39 posted on 08/20/2013 9:22:21 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: daniel1212

That commander is a bigot and definitely not the military type — which is apparently how you get ahead in today’s military, unfortunately.


40 posted on 08/20/2013 9:34:16 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: daniel1212

The purging of the moral and righteous begins . . .


41 posted on 08/20/2013 9:52:24 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: svcw

they will get out without this on their hands, or reputations, and their honor, clean.


42 posted on 08/20/2013 11:59:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Gil4
In the AF, 1st Sgt is a job title, not a rank. What he was doing was right in the core of his job description:

I've reread the article and cannot find where it says he was a 1st,Sgt. It says "Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk". Senior Master Sergeant, is an Air Force rank.

43 posted on 08/21/2013 4:24:36 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: 2banana
We will soon have political commissars with every military unit...

Bingo. That's what the JAG corps is becoming: what were called "zampolits" (political officers) in the Red Army-- representatives of the KGB.

44 posted on 08/21/2013 9:15:21 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: ducttape45

“That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. “ (Daniel 3:5-6)


45 posted on 08/21/2013 12:17:55 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

Amen brother. I hope Christians have the courage to refuse to worship at the feet of the government.


46 posted on 08/21/2013 2:14:26 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Graybeard58

Sorry - I’ve read several versions of the story. This one didn’t mention that he was a First Sergeant. Here is one that does:

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/airmen-punished-for-objecting-to-gay-marriage.html


47 posted on 08/21/2013 9:55:02 PM PDT by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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