Christian Marine Who Was Court-Martialed Over Bible Verse Could Have Case Reviewed by Highest Military Court

Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling (pictured above) was convicted last year at a court martial after not following orders to take down the passage from the Old Testament displayed on her desk while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling (pictured above) was convicted last year at a court martial after not following orders to take down the passage from the Old Testament displayed on her desk while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina

The case of a Christian marine who was prosecuted for displaying a Bible verse on her desk could be reviewed by the highest military court in the U.S.

Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted at a court-martial in February last year for disobeying an order to remove three print-outs of a verse from Isaiah from her workspace.

No one had complained, but her supervisor said she did not like the tone of the verse which said: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper,” derived from Isaiah 54:17.

Religious Exercise
Sterling was given a reduction in rank as well as a bad conduct discharge, but she appealed to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.

It ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not apply because it claimed that displaying a Bible verse does not constitute religious exercise.

Now religious liberty organization Liberty Institute is asking for the case to be reviewed by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, considered one level below the U.S. Supreme Court.

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SOURCE: The Christian Institute

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