For the safety and security of all Americans, and for the moral integrity of our country, we need to pray fervently that the days of making our armed forces into some kind of freak experiment of social “progress” are numbered.
Colonel Leland B.H. Bohannon is the commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency and Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Is is the picture of a dedicated officer and, until recently, was a soon-to-be general, according to Life Site News.
Colonel Bohannon has served his country for over two decades, flown combat missions to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal, among many other commendation medals and consistent high-performance reviews.
He also happens to be a devout Christian who does not support gay marriage. And this, despite all his achievements, may cost him his military career.
In the military, when a subordinate retires, Life Site News explains, it is customary for their superior officer to send their spouse a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge and thank them for the sacrifices they have made while supporting their loved one’s service to his or her country.
This certificate is not a requirement, and so when one of Colonel Bohannon’s Master Sargents who is “married” to a man retired, Colonel Bohannon approached his chaplain with this concern as he could not in good conscience sign the note.
His chaplain suggested he apply for a religious accommodation, which he did, but as he never received and answer, two-star Major General Sami D. Said offered to sign it for him instead.
Seems easy enough, right?
Despite the fact that receiving a signature from a Major General was a far higher honor, the Master Sargent who was retiring was offended that Colonel Bohannon did not sign it himself and promptly filed a civil rights complaint.
An Equal Opportunity investigator decided he was guilty of discrimination.
“His career is likely over,” Michael Berry of the First Liberty Institute told Todd Starnes. “This sends a clear message — if you do not have the politically correct viewpoint, you are not welcome in the military. The military is no longer a place of diversity and inclusion if you are a person who holds to a traditional belief on marriage.”
Colonel Bohannon reached out to First Liberty who wrote the Air Force Review Boards Agency on his behalf, demanding a reversal of this decision.
“He was unable to sign because to do so would have caused him to affirm a definition of marriage contrary to his sincerely held religious beliefs,” Berry explained, adding that Colonel Bohannon then “went out of his way to make sure his Airman was accommodated.”
This was well within military policy, as the Christian military watchdog blog, God and Country, pointed out that, explaining that “The Department of Defense explicitly — and repeatedly — said no one would have to change their views on homosexuality nor violate their religious beliefs merely because homosexuals were allowed to serve.”
“Should this action stand, some may perceive the Air Force to have said … that every commanding officer must be willing to proactively affirm homosexual marriage. Not just tolerate, and not just ensure equality within policies and procedures, but personally affirm. In so doing, the Air Force may open itself to the accusation it has created a ‘religious test’ for service as a commander in an Air Force unit: If your religion will not allow you to affirm homosexuality, you are not allowed to be a commander.”
“The U.S. military says it values religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity,” God and Country concludes. “But increasingly in society, (homo)sexuality trumps not just religion, but liberty in general.”
Berry also pointed out in his letter to the Air Force that they are incorrectly applying not only military policy but the Civil Rights Act of 1964 itself.
“The United States Air Force’s policy that the term ‘sex’ includes sexual orientation is unsupported by law,” Berry asserted. “Congress has repeatedly declined to incorporate sexual orientation into the definition of ‘sex.’”
“The Air Force policy also stands in stark contrast to the stated position of the United States,” Berry continued, quoting a Trump-era friend-of-the-court brief that clarifies “discrimination because of sexual orientation is not discrimination because of sex.”
There is a big difference between being given the right to a same-sex marriage and the right to demand everyone else in America affirm your beliefs. Is it really fair at all to drag down the entire career of a committed servicemember simply because has his own personal convictions?
It is worth noting that Romans 1:30 describes those who are turned over to the sin of homosexuality as “slanderers” and that “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Support and approval is very important for the LGBT community, and as we see all too often, they bare their teeth when they don’t get this, especially from Christians.
If our military is this full of snowflakes, we are in serious trouble! Pray that this colonel gets the justice he deserves and that this nonesense stays out of our armed forces before