Marine Corporal Demoted for Displaying Bible Verses at Her Desk?


Monifa Sterling Fighting Demotion and Discharge

In a display of uncommon valor that military men and women have died for since America’s founding, Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling is taking a stand and appealing the verdict of a court-martial last year that resulted in her demotion and discharge from the Marines for refusing to remove Bible verses from her work station. 

Multiple news outlets are reporting that, in February 2014, Sterling was convicted of disobeying an order to remove three small Bible quotes, including a paraphrase of Isaiah 54:17 – “no weapons formed against me shall prosper.”  According to these sources, the military court at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, court-martial determined that Sterling’s Bible verses could "easily been seen as contrary to good order and discipline," and that "maintaining discipline and morale in the military… could very well require that the work center remain relatively free of divisive or contentious issues such as personal beliefs, religion, politics, etc.”

Although Sterling defended herself during the court-martial, her appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces—America’s highest military court—will now be aided by legal defense heavyweights Liberty Institute and Paul Clement, a former U.S. Solicitor General and Georgetown University law professor who won the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court last year.  

Calling the case “blatantly unconstitutional,” Liberty Institute senior counsel Mike Berry told Christian Today, "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.” 

Fellow Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser told Fox News, "This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines."

If American service members have the right to display secular posters, put atheist bumper stickers on their cars, and get a Star of David tattoo, then shouldn’t they also be able to post inspirational Bible verses at their work stations? Let us know what you think.

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