The acceptance of open homosexuals in the military is increasingly having the effect that many conservatives anticipated, as Christians and anyone who opposes homosexual “marriage” are finding that they are being punished for their views.
By Susan Carol
A group of airmen from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas recently attended a packed meeting at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio, where they expressed concerns about a rise in intimidation and persecution from homosexual commanders and their supporters, according to Fox News.
Pastor Steve Branson heard from at least 80 airmen about religious persecution going on at Lackland. “There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” Branson said. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”
One of the meeting’s attendees was Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, who claims he was relieved of duty after refusing his commander’s order to say he supported homosexual marriage.
After filing a religious discrimination complaint against the Air Force, Monk was accused of making false statements and is now facing a possible court martial.
According to Branson, other airmen have told him they are afraid to speak out publicly because of what is happening to Monk.
Branson relates the story of one airman who was told that even thinking homosexuality is a sin is discrimination: “A commander told him, ‘Don’t you understand discrimination – that your thought process is discrimination?’ The commander actually pulled up the definition of discrimination on Wikipedia and read it to him in front of everyone so he would understand what it was.”
The parent of an airman at the meeting said that the 19-year-old was asked during basic training what religion he was. When the young airman said “Christian,” he was required to retake basic training.
One airman claimed he was written up for having his Bible out, while a nearby Muslim airman had out a prayer rug.
Branson said a colonel told him that officers are being ordered to publicly affirm support for homosexuality and being Mirandized if they don’t.