CBN NEWS – Air Force Sgt. Won’t Drop Faith Discrimination Claim

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SAN ANTONIO – An Air Force sergeant isn’t backing down from his claim of religious discrimination at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, even though the Air Force says the allegation is false.

CBN News recently spoke with both Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk and his pastor, who says there are many others facing religious hostility at the military base.

The case centers on Monk’s stand regarding same-sex marriage. Monk said his commander removed him from her unit because he would not agree with her views on the subject.

“I expressly stated that I had a religious conviction that wouldn’t allow me to answer the question the way it was posed to me,” Monk explained.

The Air Force disagrees, saying its investigation shows Monk was moved to another unit as part of a previously scheduled rotation.

“Religion was never discussed between the two. In the end, this case is about command authority, good order and discipline, and civil rights–not religious freedom,” Air Force officials explained in a press release.

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