The Supreme Court declined to hear a former Marine’s case this week in which she was court-martialed in part for refusing to remove a bible verse from her workstation.
In response to the decision by the court, First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford said the decision “is going to affect the religious freedoms of all of those who serve us in uniform, and that really is a shame.”
Shackelford’s nonprofit institute is defending LCpl Monifa Sterling.
In 2013, Sterling displayed the phrase, “No weapons formed against me shall prosper” taped at her desk. When her supervisor objected to it, Sterling said it was her First Amendment right. The supervisor later tore it down, she said. She replaced it and it was removed again.
She was then court-martialed and charged with refusing an order, failing to report for duty and lying about why she didn’t wear the proper uniform. She was convicted and given a bad conduct discharge…. read more