Bible OK, Bible Verses Not OK?

Different Branches of the Military, Different Outcomes, Same Country

Bible approved for AFB desk | IndyBlog | Colorado Springs Independent 

The investigation of a Bible placed at a work station of Air Force Maj. Steve Lewis at Peterson Air Force Base has concluded that the “good book” can stay just where he had it.

At issue are complaints from service members received by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about the location of the Bible, which sits on a desk in an area where many people work in the Reserve National Security Space Institute.

You can read our coverage of the issue here.

Today, we heard from Lt. Col. David Fruck, chief of public affairs for the 310th Space Wing, who wrote in an email:

As pledged, we have reviewed the situation there. We have concluded that no abuse of liberties has occurred, and Maj Lewis’s behavior and the workplace environment at the RNSSI are well within the provisions of Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, paragraphs 2.11 and 2.12, “Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation” and “Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause.”

Fruck, when asked, says he doesn’t know if the Bible has been placed at the work station again, but “the review allows him to have a Bible on his desk.”

No idea how this will affect the continuing case of a former Marine court martialed for Bible verses at her work station:

First Liberty:Sterling

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling was court-martialed after she refused to take down Bible verses she had posted in her workspace and for reposting the verses after her supervisor threw them in the trash. A trial court ruled against Sterling, giving her a bad conduct discharge and reducing her rank. Sterling appealed to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, but the appeals court also ruled against her. First Liberty Institute stepped in and appealed Sterling’s case to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF)— the highest military court. On August 10, 2016, the CAAF ruled against Sterling, denying her constitutional right to religious freedom. First Liberty announced they will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s not over, but as it stands now…a whole Bible is just fine.  Put verses on a post-it note, and you’re in trouble.  Again, Marines and Air Force.  Supreme Court will eventually get LCpl Sterling’s case.  Hope she wins and gets back pay.

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4 Responses to Bible OK, Bible Verses Not OK?

  1. samk says:

    Monifa Sterling was not only charged with refusing to remove the bible verse from her desk.

    Here is the Opinion re: her appeal:

    It gets a bit garbled at times, but LCPL Sterling also failed to obey orders regarding uniform and appointed place of duty and was disrespectful toward a superior commissioned officer. You don’t go around making waves at E-3. AT E-3 you put your nose to the grindstone and do what the fuck you are told to do.


    • Pablo says:

      Here’s more:

      Your job as a junior enlisted Marine is to say “Sir, yes, sir!” She’s a shit stirrer.


      • I hit the part of that huffpo article where evangelizing was described as preying, and decided that it’s every bit as biased as Dave’s source.

        Having been through a special court martial myself, and having had the presiding officer announce at the end that I had raised reasonable doubt, but he was finding me guilty anyway… I have my doubts about the objectivity of Sterling’s CM. I was saved by that officer’s oblivious stupidity in announcing that I wasn’t legally guilty, but he didn’t like my bar-going lifestyle so FUCK YOU AJ. My experience of a SCM says such a trial is neither fair nor a legitimate inquiry as to the truth if an accusation. It’s a rubber stamp of the command’s will.

        Sterling is probably a shitty marine. She’s definitely not a smart one. I think all her other trouble grew out if her conflict with Morris, who is also probably a shitty marine.
        Why else require Sterling to wear a particular uniform and stand guard duty contrary to medical recommendations? That Sterling reacted to an apparent vendetta in a remarkably stupid way does not excuse the operation of the vendetta against her.


  2. Thanks. Naturally, my link and sole source is the group backing her.


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