A Christian law firm is demanding that the United States Air Force rescind the punishment given to an officer for expressing his Christian-based beliefs on marriage and sexuality.
Col. Leland Bohannon – a decorated Air Force veteran – was on track to be promoted to Brigadier General ...until he came face-to-face with the LGBT agenda.
However, First Liberty Institute Director of Military Affairs Mike Berry explained that because of his Christian beliefs, Bohannon got into trouble when one of his subordinates – who happened to be homosexual – announced his retirement.
Because of his sincerely held religious beliefs, Bohannon opted to have a two-star general sign a certificate of appreciation to the airman's same-sex partner – rather than sign it himself.
"To me, it's more prestigious to have a general sign it than have a Colonel sign it, and I think most people would agree,” Berry insisted. “Well, this airman didn't agree, and he was very upset that Colonel Bohannon didn't personally sign it. And he filed a formal complaint and accused Colonel Bohannon of illegally discriminating against him."
Berry says the Air Force did an investigation.
"And they relied on a policy that came into existence under President Obama that says it's illegal to treat somebody differently based on sexual orientation," the legal expert explained.
As a result of this Obama directive, Bohannon has been stripped of his command, and the promotion board has been instructed not promote him.
But Berry noted that President Donald Trump has issued a new directive.
"[The president is [directing all federal agencies to insure that we protect and promote religious freedom to the greatest extent possible," Dacus pointed out.
Berry is hopeful that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will follow through on her promise to carry out the president's guidelines and reverse what was done to his client.
In addition, First Liberty is requesting that the Air Force issue formal guidance to commanders that could prevent situations like this in the future.