Monday, April 17, 2017

‘I am not ashamed of my faith:’ Air Force officer punished for Christian view of marriage speaks out

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Col. Michael Madrid knows he is not the only person in the military who has experienced “religious hostility” for his beliefs and so he decided to take a stand out of concern that “religious freedom will continue to slip away."

Madrid, whose 26 years of military service earned him the Meritorious Service Medal four times, was punished by his new commanding officer because Madrid believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Despite Madrid being completely cleared after a thorough Air Force investigation into allegations that he spoke derogatorily about homosexuals, Major Gen. John E. McCoy arbitrarily and without evidence accused Madrid of lying and issued a surprise Letter of Admonishment against him, ensuring he would never be promoted and could be demoted.

LifeSiteNews interviewed the beleaguered officer:

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  1. Time to retire. I'd like to ask Major Gen John E. McCoy exactly where in the Air Force regulations does it explicitly state that a service member is required by law to give official approval to homosexual conduct? It seems that religious freedom is already a thing of the past when it conflicts with demand by homosexuals that society give its full approval and blessing to what was once considered to be a sexual perversion. It also seems that the rule of law is also a thing of the past if without any proof of misconduct one can be punished for a crime you did not commit. This can be viewed as a act of illegal intimidation, the message here loud and clear is: you will give public support to homosexuality or your career will suffer. A letter of Admonishment is career killer, insuring you will get past over for promotion.
    I am not ashamed of my Christian faith and the traditional teaching from it. I am very much ashamed to admit that I served in and retired from the Air Force. I am disgusted with the Air Force for punishing a man for his faith. However, the unintended consequence is that by mandating approval of homosexuality, there is no logical reason for stating any other type of sexual conduct is wrong. One now can not say that adultery is wrong, since all one has to do now is re-define what that word means, so that, what was once considered to be an immoral act, be now re-defined as moral.

    1. Thanks.