AIRMAN CLAIMING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION MIRANDIZED, MAY FACE COURT MARTIAL…” lost his job due to his Christian beliefs”
by KERRY PICKET
15 Sep 2013
SMSgt Phillip Monk, an airman who claimed he lost his job due to his Christian beliefs, was mirandized by Air Force investigators over two weeks ago. According to his attorneys at the Liberty Institute:
During a meeting [two weeks ago], Air Force investigators read Liberty Institute’s client SMSgt Phillip Monk his Miranda rights, alleging that SMSgt Monk’s religious discrimination complaint was false. Monk, a devout Christian, believes the claims are a retaliatory act by his former commander, who relieved Monk of his duties and reassigned him after Monk could not agree with his commander’s position regarding same-sex marriage. In the military, making a false official statement is punishable by court-martial.
“I was stunned and immediately felt that this was a retaliation against me for coming forward with my religious discrimination complaint,” said Monk. The military prohibits retaliatory action against service members, when a complaint is filed against a commanding officer. The Air Force will decide as to whether or not to charge Monk with filing a false official statement.
“We are hopeful that the Air Force will do the right thing by clearing SMSgt Monk’s name and reputation, and supporting his and every Airman’s right to express, without fear of punishment, their religious convictions,” said Liberty Institute attorney Mike Berry, whose organization will continue to defend Monk.