During his six years in office, President Obama has made it clear that he has both an anti-Christian and anti-military agenda. That’s why it unfortunately comes as no surprise that Obama’s administration has court-martialed a marine for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer screen.
Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted at a court-martial hearing last year because she had the Bible verse “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17) displayed on her computer screen. She was tried and convicted at Camp Lejune, North Carolina last year after she refused to comply when a staff sergeant ordered her to remove the verse.
Sterling 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. Though she represented herself at her original trial, she now has an intimidating set of lawyers handling her appeal. One of her lawyers is former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, who famously won the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court.
“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, who is also representing Sterling. “Restricting a Marine’s free exercise of religion is blatantly unconstitutional.”
Sterling’s lawyers are set to argue that the appellate court should have applied the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to her case. This would have allowed her to display whatever biblical verses she wanted to.
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