In these days of political correctness, the stifling of free speech, and overall religious bigotry, it is becoming more difficult to express one’s faith-based convictions if they are deemed “offensive.”
Indeed, it seems that most Protestant expressions are considered offensive to some segment of society. Somewhere, somehow, even if they have to go out and find a person to be offended, there are those who will do whatever it takes to shut down any expression of religious faith.
And the latest attack is on a member of our armed forces. She has bravely taken on the fight for free speech and her personal right to religious expression of her Christian beliefs.
From the Conservative Tribune:
In what has been called one of the biggest military religious liberty cases in American history, religious liberty lawyers at First Liberty Institute petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court…to hear the case of former Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling for refusing to stop displaying a Bible verse on her desk.
Sterling was court-martialed for refusing orders to remove from her work area a display of a paraphrase of Isaiah 54:17 that read, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
The justices will vote in early 2017 on whether to take the case, Breitbart reported, and if they do decide to hear it, it would likely be scheduled for later in the year.
The armed forces have special instructions for handling a “Holy Quran” so that Muslims are not offended but a young Christian Marine is prevented from displaying such an innocuous thing as the words “no weapon formed against me shall prosper,” as if those words could be offensive to anyone.
Conservative Tribune continued:
Lawyers claimed that Sterling should be able to post Bible verses because she is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute’s military affairs director, said Sterling’s religious expression should have been protected under the RFRA.
“We hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will take her case and uphold her right to religious freedom, setting a clear precedent for all service members and their future expressions of faith within our military,” he told The Daily Caller.
We will support this young woman in her rights to religious expression and hope that not only will the Supreme Court hear the case, but also grant a favorable ruling. Doing so will significantly provide a positive affect for the religious freedoms other members of our armed forces express in the future.
Source: Conservative Tribune