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.
For U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Philip Monk, it’s been a roller coaster year. The 19-year veteran became the face of the war on religious freedom when he refused to answer his lesbian unit commander’s question on the merits of homosexual “marriage.” As a result, he was not only relieved of his duties, but threatened with a court martial, jail time and loss of retirement benefits.
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.