army punishes soldier for serving chick-fil-a at a private party

According to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a soldier was "investigated, threated with judicial action and given a bad efficiency report" for serving Chick-fil-A at a party to celebrate his promotion to master sergeant.

His party was last summer during the time that Chick-fil-A came under fire because of its president's support of traditional marriage and the soldier printed on his invitations "In honor of my promotion and in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act, I'm serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at my promotion party."

The Army saw the soldier combining his support of the DOMA (which is the law of the land) with his promotion celebration as a serious issue and gave him a letter of reprimand and rated him poorly on his efficiency report--essentially ending any hope for future promotions.

This is an ideal example of liberal hypocrisy. This solider is punished for "offending" gays, without regard for his religious-based beliefs on marriage. So much for freedom of religion.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

An Army enlistee who supports the federal Defense of Marriage Act received a promotion amid Chick-fil-A’s cultural battle over same-sex marriage, so he served food from the restaurant at his celebration party as sign of support — and was promptly punished by his military superiors.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman, was at the heart of the Chick-fil-A controversy last June after the restaurant’s CEO touted traditional, biblical views of marriage.

Gay activists around the nation participated in a boycott of the restaurant, while free speech supporters and traditional marriage advocates launched their own “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in response.

The unnamed soldier was promoted to master sergeant about that time and decided to hold a double-themed party, Fox News reported.

His invitation stated: “In honor of my promotion and in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act, I’m serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at my promotion party.”

Backlash from military officials was swift. He received a letter of reprimand for combining his promotion with the pro-DOMA theme, was threatened with legal action, and was rated poorly on his latest efficiency report, according to Fox News.

He has turned to Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty for assistance.

“They say he is no longer a team player and was not performing up to standards,” Chaplain Alliance executive director Ron Crews said. “This is just one little example of a case of a soldier just wanting to express his views and now he’s been jumped on by the military.”

The soldier’s story came to light in a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that highlighted various Armed Services religious liberty issues, Fox News said.

Pentagon officials did not comment in the Fox News report.

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If this is true, it is just. I'm not sure about the timing of all this, but if he did this after the Commander in Chief got rid of DADT, then his actions were provocative and unprofessional. Any senior NCO who would willfully thumb his nose at a new policy of his superiors is clearly unfit for his new rank.
I would have given him an LOR too; then I would have busted his ass back E7.
And that's not a liberal view; it is a military one.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I like that clip too. As I am fond of saying to my fellow service members, "We are here to preserve democracy, not practice it."

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