Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 21st, 2017
A decorated USAF Colonel was about to be promoted to General, until he didn’t sign a document endorsing gay “marriage”.
Colonel Leland B.H. Bohannon, commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
He is a highly decorated officer that has served his country for over two decades. He has flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout his amazing career, has gotten nothing but the highest performance evaluations from his superiors.
The devout Christian Colonel has received the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and more.
Then, simply because he had someone else sign a thank-you note, he was stripped of his command, and his promotion to Brigadier General was canceled.
It is customary when a subordinate retires, but not required, to give his or her spouse a certificate of appreciation.
When a homosexual Master Sergeant married to another man,retired, Col. Bohannon asked the Staff Judge Advocate and his chaplain what he should do, because of Bohannon’s Christian faith, he cannot endorse sodomy.
When Col. did as his chaplain suggested, and asked his superior officer, Lt General Anthony Rock for a religious accommodation, he was ignored.
Meanwhile, Major General Sami D. Said offered to sign the certificate, and when Bohannon heard nothing for over 6 weeks from his superior, Said signed the deed of gratitude.
As the Air Force Deputy Inspector General and a two-star general, Said’s signature was a much higher honor for the retiring Master Sergeant’s “spouse.”
But after the Master Sergeant heard that Bohannon didn’t personally sign, he filed a civil rights complaint. An Equal Opportunity investigator decided Bohannon discriminated against the gay Master Sergeant and officially noted that even if Bohannon had been given a religious accommodation he “would nonetheless be guilty of unlawful discrimination.”
“This sends a clear message — if you do not have the politically correct viewpoint, you are not welcome in the military,” Berry said. “The military is no longer a place of diversity and inclusion if you are a person who holds to a traditional belief on marriage.”
Bohannon contacted First Liberty, which wrote to the director of the Air Force Review Boards Agency demanding a reversal of the penalties against Bohannon.
First Liberty argued that if diversity, tolerance and religious liberty are truly valued by the armed forces, then they must apply to all, including Christians.
“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. The Christian then “went out of his way to make sure his Airman was accommodated.”
God and Country pointed out official military policy. “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,” the military watchdog blogged.
“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 concluded. “But increasingly in society, (homo)sexuality trumps not just religion, but liberty in general.”
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