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The bizarre case comes as America’s military is combating a new threat: ethics violations.

“It seems U.S. officers aren’t just taking fire — they’re being fired for record cases of misconduct,” noted Perkins. “The Associated Press furrowed plenty of brows with the news that the military’s character problems start at the top, as internal investigations have caught hundreds of top brass in webs of gambling, corruption, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and taxpayer waste. According to internal documents, the lapses in judgment have exploded in the last three years, as the number of misconduct firings tripled.

“The crisis of character seems to be taking the biggest toll on the Army, which lost as many as 387 officers in 2013 (a far cry from the 119 forced departures in 2010).

“Not surprisingly, the trickle-down effect has been huge, as the enlisted cases for breaking ethics rules doubled from 5,600 in 2007 to 11,000 last year. While the Pentagon scrambles to explain these ‘worrying’ trends, others blame the relaxed standards on an overworked and under-monitored force.”

“If the military is scrambling to identify the problem,” says Perkins, “look no further than the commander-in-chief. Like the rest of the administration, these officers are serving under a President who also picks and chooses which laws he’ll uphold.

“He refuses to hold accountable his own leaders – including an attorney general so ethically-challenged that he was held in contempt of Congress. He changes the laws on a whim without legal authority (18 unilateral changes to ObamaCare from the White House alone), and has been systematically removing the moral foundation of the military since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

“Why do we expect order and discipline when this administration has bred chaos and contempt for the rule of law?”

The U.S. military is on a “slippery slope” toward becoming thought police, says Monk’s attorney,

“It’s now reaching the point it’s not acceptable to think something,” attorney Mike Berry of Liberty Institute told the website WND.

Steve Branson is the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church, about five miles from the Air Force base. He tells me that as many as a half dozen of his church members are currently facing persecution on the base for their religious beliefs.

“Sgt. Monk is just the tip of the iceberg,” he told Todd Starnes at Fox News. “Anyone who doesn’t hold to the right view on homosexuality is having a very difficult time.”

Branson said one colonel is not even allowed to voice an opinion on the matter over fears it might cost him his job. Another airman has been brought up on charges eight times. Christians are under attack, the pastor warned – and Lackland Air Force Base seems to be ground zero.

“I’m raising the warning,” the pastor said. “It’s not a good situation out here. The military’s job is not to fight these kinds of battles.”

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