The highest U.S. military court has agreed to take up the case of a Marine who was reduced in rank, court-martialed and given a bad conduct discharge for refusing to remove Bible verses from her work station.
Monifa Sterling, who was a lance corporal stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina in May of 2013, kept a Bible verse on her computer in three places. The verses read “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” from the book of 54th chapter of Isaiah.
Sterling’s staff sergeant demanded she remove the verse but she wouldn’t. The next day Sterling arrived at her station to find the verses ripped down, so she put them up again. This cycle repeated, and soon Sterling was court-martialed. She was convicted of disrespecting a superior commissioned officer, failing to go to an appointed place of duty, as well as disobeying a lawful order on four different specifications.
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