Most Americans seem to realize that those who serve in the armed forces are making a sacrifice. They sacrifice their time, their safety and sometimes their lives. They do this for love of country, out of a desire to serve and as a way to get ahead in life.
Their service should be rewarded and honored.
That is precisely why dishonoring a soldier should be condemned rather than be supported by the judicial branch of our government.
Fox News reported in May 2015 that Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was asked to “remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined ‘could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.’” Sterling refused and was arrested for not obeying orders. She defended herself and was ultimately found guilty of “failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer.”
The Independent Journal Review reported that her conviction resulted in a loss of rank and a dishonorable discharge “which makes her ineligible for veterans’ benefits.” But her case did not end there.
“The First Liberty Institute, an advocate group for religious freedom, took her case on the basis that it violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).” They appealed Sterling’s conviction and lost. Now the case has been sent to the Supreme Court for a final decision.
The petition to the Supreme Court argues that the conviction and subsequent decision by the Court of Appeals limits “the civil liberties of the nearly two million men and women who defend religious freedom in uniform.” Sterling’s attorneys believe the “appeals court ruling will lead to suppressed religious freedom in the military and set a precedent for other courts rules on the same issue.”
If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it will likely be decided 2017. The potential influence of a new Justice, should President-elect Trump nominate one and have him or her confirmed in time, could have a significant impact on the outcome of the case.
Source: Fox News
Source: The Independent Journal Review