Marine seeking justice, precedent in 'scripture' case

Thursday, February 2, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with U.S. flagA former Marine hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of her conviction for refusing to remove Bible verses from her work cubicle.

In 2014, former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for expressing her Christian faith while on the job. Specifically, she posted Bible verses at her desk, despite orders from a superior to remove them. Appeals up to and including the highest military court have upheld the court-martial.

In December 2016, two days before Christmas, First Liberty appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, in hopes of setting "a clear precedent [protecting] future expression of faith within our military," says the legal firm. Two groups – the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and the Christian Legal Society – have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

"Unfortunately when her case went forward, the courts took a very narrow view of religious liberty in the military," says Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "And so our organization, along with others, is encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to take this case."

Sterling

According to Crews, the Supreme Court is really the last chance for Sterling.

"This is a young lady who, like so many young people in our country, joined the military to get some experience, and then hope to be able to get those education benefits that are afforded to our young men and women who serve," he shares with OneNewsNow. "But because she was dishonorably discharged, she gets no benefits – plus she has a stain on her record that will go with her the rest of her life."

Crews remains hopeful the high court will take and case and provide true justice for Sterling.

More information on United States v. Sterling

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