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.
“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.
However, the same code of justice prohibits retaliation against service members for filing a complaint against a commanding officer, which his attorneys at the Liberty Institute pointed out, making his case a matter of religious freedom.
Now Sgt. Monk is being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, which is authorized by the President for “outstanding service to the United States.”
It “seems to be a gesture of goodwill from the Air Force in the hopes that the controversy over Monk’s religious beliefs will go away,” observes Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “Among other things, Monk’s award recognizes his vigilance and mindfulness in management — as well as his oversight of the largest sexual assault case in Basic Military Training history.
“For the Monk family, which has endured so much at the hands of the Obama administration, it was a significant victory — not just for Phillip, but for every service member standing up for their Christian beliefs.
“And while the honor was well deserved,” noted Perkins, “it can’t hide the underlying problem, which was the brazen attack on Monk’s free speech rights. After the commanding officer – an open lesbian – filed a false discrimination complaint against Monk, what happened to her?
“Will she face disciplinary action for abusing her authority to push her personal agenda on others? If military members aren’t supposed to disagree with same-sex ‘marriage,’ then why are commanding officers allowed to shill in favor of it?
“This kind of double standard has no place in a military that should be open to both opinions – or those with none. The chilling effect of her actions on religious freedom needs to thaw — and the only way
to do that is to apply heat so that Christians like Monk are reassured they can truly live out their faith without fear.