“People of faith don’t have a place in the military anymore”
August 21, 2013
Houston Senior Air Force master sergeant Philip Monk, is seeking redress against the Air Force after his claim that he was discriminated against for his views on gay marriage, reports KTRK.
In his Military Equal Opportunity Complaint, Monk says that while on duty his female commander asked whether “he could agree that a verbal statement expressing religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage was discrimination. Monk answered he did not agree that it was discrimination.”
Monk says when he failed to agree with his commander’s viewpoints, he was immediately relieved, stripped of his position and reassigned. The report states that Monk was then banned from reentering the unit building where he served in the 326th training squadron at the Lackland Air Force base.
Monk’s legal representative, Michael Berry of the Liberty Institute, said the Air Force’s reaction sends the message that “People of faith don’t have a place in the Air Force anymore.”
Monk has served his country loyally for 19 years, but believes he was treated unfairly for his religious beliefs.
The U.S. Air Force responds to the allegations with pointing out that although Monk has been reassigned, he has not been demoted in rank.
“For several months, he’s been scheduled to rotate out of his unit to another unit at Lackland. Once his replacement began duty, the individual moved to his new unit,” said the spokesperson for the Air Force.
A recent Fox News report states the country’s military service could be experiencing the beginning of a “‘reverse Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy in which gays and lesbians can openly serve but “Christians now have to be closeted.”