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In May of 2013, US Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling posted three copies of a Bible verse in her work space. Sterling’s supervising Staff Sergeant instructed her to remove the verses, but Sterling did not take them down. Subsequently, the Staff Sergeant removed the verses and placed them in the trash. Sterling continued to display the verses. Eventually, Sterling was issued a military court summons, a bad conduct discharge, and a reduce in her rank. Sterling appealed her case to the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, which ruled against her in August of 2016. After appealing the CAAF decision to the United States Supreme Court, Sterling’s case was negated review in June 2017.

2017-06-12 Washington,DC (First Liberty Institute) – “June 5, 2017— Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review First Liberty Institute’s appeal in the case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, a U.S. Marine convicted at court-martial for refusing an order to remove an inspirational Bible verse from her workstation.

“Because the Supreme Court did not decide to review the case, the travesty below by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will now stand,” said Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO & Chief Counsel for First Liberty. “The military court’s outrageous decision means federal judges and military officials can strip our service members of their constitutional rights just because they don’t think someone’s religious beliefs are important enough to be protected. Our service members deserve better.”

Lance Corporal Sterling was convicted at a court-martial after she refused an order to remove a paraphrase of an inspirational Bible verse (“No weapon formed against me shall prosper” from Isaiah 54:17).”

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