Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and U.S. Army Band member, claims he is being punished for his Christian beliefs.
According to Army documents, Sommers was told by the U.S. Army to remove some anti-Obama bumper stickers from his privately-owned car last April.
The bumper stickers included one-liners such as: “Political Dissent is NOT Racism,” “NOBAMA” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with Ass-Fault."
In an interview with Fox News, Sommers tried to link the banning of his non-religious political bumper stickers to his being persecuted as a Christian.
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“It seems like with the repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' that the Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet for fear of retaliation and reprisals. Christians feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide," claimed Sommers .
“He’s allowed to have those bumper stickers on his car,” said Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells, who is Sommers' lawyer. “The DoD regulation allows it. There was nothing obscene about it.”
However, the U.S. Military did not claim the bumper stickers were "obscene."
Sommers also says that the U.S. Army banned him from reading books, while in uniform, by right wing personalities such as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and David Limbaugh.
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Apparently that persecution was so bad that Sommers was promoted by the U.S. Army in September 2012 to the rank of Master Sergeant.
After being promoted, Sommers took part in another protest, this time against gay marriage.
“I was inspired by Gov. Huckabee’s [Chick-fil-A] appreciation day,” Sommers told Fox News. “And since I wasn’t able to participate in the event, I decided to serve Chick-fil-A at my promotion party.”
“My family likes Chick-fil-A and we like what they stand for. I can make a statement and at least express a religious point of view at my promotion party, theoretically without any fear of reprisal.”
Sommers tweeted about the party on Twitter, but did not include any religious statements: “In honor of DADT repeal, and Obama/Holder’s refusal to enforce DOMA act, I’m serving Chick-fil-A at my MSG promo reception for Army today.”
[email protected] ‘luv ya, Mark! Fellow Virginian & MSG, Army. Being promoted today, serving Chick-fil-A @ reception in honor of DADT repeal.”
Sommers claims he was told by an openly-gay superior officer that unidentified members of the U.S. Army were offended by his statements on Twitter.
Sommers was reprimanded, given a bad report and targeted by an investigation, which found he had tweeted in 2010: “Lordy, Lordy, it’s faggot Tuesday. The lefty loons and Obamabots are out in full force."
Sommers admits the retweet was bad judgment, but claims homosexual soldiers are “attempting to dig up any negative information they could in order to silence me or ruin my career.”
“My point is everybody has a right,” said Sommers. “Christians also have a right to express their points of view and that’s what’s being squelched here. There is no tolerance or dissent from the military’s point of view.”
“Ironically, the liberals are preaching tolerance. They are saying, ‘We can tolerate you.’ But if you have a certain belief that doesn’t align with what the military wants you to believe, particularly religious beliefs, you’re no longer welcome in the U.S. military.”
However, Sommers' political attacks against gays and Obama have not cited Jesus Christ or Christianity.
Wells said Sommers is going to file a federal lawsuit over the alleged discrimination.
Source: Fox News