A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer. Attorney Berry said the supervisor cursed at Sterling and ordered her to immediately remove the verses. She refused the order. The following day, she discovered the verses had been removed and thrown in the trash.
“Adding insult to injury, the government charged her with the crime of failing to obey a direct order because she did not remove the Bible verse,” Berry said.
The Christian Marine, Sterling, was given a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private. However, lower court and the appellate court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act did not apply to her case because displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise.
“As it stands now Sterling is unemployed and looking for work. It’s a process made harder because of the bad conduct discharge from the military.”
Hopefully Liberty Institute will be able to restore this Christian Marine’s good name and expunge the charge. Anything less could jeopardize the standing of every person of faith serving in the Armed Forces. If that should happen – God help us all.