“The U.S. Air Force has suspended from command a soon-to-have-been general because he didn’t sign a document endorsing same-sex ‘marriage.’
Colonel Leland B.H. Bohannon, commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, is a highly decorated officer who served his country for more than two decades. He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout his stellar career received the highest performance reviews from superiors. Among the devout Christian’s many commendation medals are the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.
But just before being promoted to Brigadier General, he was stripped of his command and his elevation was cancelled because he had someone else sign a thank you note.
When a subordinate retires, it is customary but not required to give his or her spouse a certificate of appreciation. The optional note is recognition for the sacrifices spouses of servicemen and women have to make.
When a homosexual Master Sergeant with a male ‘wife’ retired, Col. Bohannon asked the Staff Judge Advocate and his chaplain what he should do, because of Bohannon’s Christian faith cannot endorse sodomy.
The chaplain suggested the Colonel officially ask his superior, Lieutenant General Anthony J. Rock, for a religious accommodation and someone else to sign the paper. Rock did not respond.
In the meantime, Major General Sami D. Said offered to sign the certificate. When Bohannon’s request for a religious accommodation came back six weeks later unanswered, Said signed the deed of gratitude.
As the Air Force Deputy Inspector General and a two-star general, Said’s signature was a much higher honor for the retiring Master Sergeant’s ‘spouse.’
But after the Master Sergeant heard that Bohannon didn’t personally sign, he filed a civil rights complaint. An Equal Opportunity investigator decided Bohannon discriminated against the gay Master Sergeant and officially noted that even if Bohannon had been given a religious accommodation he ‘would nonetheless be guilty of unlawful discrimination.’
‘This sends a clear message — if you do not have the politically correct viewpoint, you are not welcome in the military,’ Berry said. ‘The military is no longer a place of diversity and inclusion if you are a person who holds to a traditional belief on marriage.’
Bohannon contacted First Liberty, which wrote to the director of the Air Force Review Boards Agency demanding a reversal of the penalties against Bohannon.
First Liberty argued that if diversity, tolerance and religious liberty are truly valued by the armed forces, then they must apply to all, including Christians.
‘He was unable to sign because to do so would have caused him to affirm a definition of marriage contrary to his sincerely held religious beliefs,’ Berry explained…
Read First Liberty’s entire demand letter here.
As of October 19, Col. Bohannon is no longer listed as the commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base.”