In the latest episode of what is nothing less than a mushrooming scandal of religious hostility in the military, Army Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers was given a negative efficiency report after sending personal invitations to his promotion party. In the invitations, he said he would be serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches "in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act." A negative efficiency report typically puts an end to any further promotions.
One day after this incident was made public, the chain of command announced charges against this soldier on unrelated issues. Over my 36 years in the U.S. Army, I saw numerous situations like this where a soldier is singled out by the chain of command for punishment. I have little doubt that the chain of command would not be pursuing Article 15 charges if it were not for the Sergeant's outspoken Christian faith and his unwillingness to compromise what he believes.
Unfortunately, this type of intimidation has become commonplace within our armed forces. When a painting displaying a Scripture reference can be summarily removed from a Air Force mess hall in less than an hour following a complaint by an anti-Christian activist, something is seriously wrong. Last month, the Air Force removed a chaplains' video because it contained the word "God." These are only samples of the almost daily reports that I receive involving the violation ... (more)