Why is the Pentagon honoring Sgt. Monk?
Just weeks ago, they were doing their best to destroy his career after he went public about religious persecution in the U.S. Air Force.
Now, almost a year later, notes OneNewsNow, the same Pentagon that seemingly wanted to destroy Monk’s career is giving him military honors.
Sgt. Monk first came into the national spotlight when he told the newspaper Military Times that he had been relieved of his position as first sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, when he disagreed with his homosexual commanding office about the proper punishment for a subordinate airman who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. That conversation between Monk and Major Elisa Valenzuela revealed that Monk, too, held similar views.
Military officials claimed Monk was not punished and was set to be transferred to another unit, but Monk told Military Times he was punished for his beliefs. “I was relieved of my position because I do not agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” he told the military newspaper,
Todd Starnes of Fox News broke the story about Monk’s punishment after Starnes was contacted by the sergeant’s pastor. Starnes also reported on the threat of court martial against Monk and how the threats against Monk became ever more harrowing as he stuck to his principles.
“Any service member will tell you if you violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice, you can be court martialed,” his attorney told Fox News. “And the potential result of a court martial is being dishonorably discharged from the military and spending time in a military brig potentially.” So the situation became increasingly severe for Monk.