Air Force Veteran Removed From Flag Ceremony After Mentioning “God”!

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Donnette Boyd performs a 10-minute field service, March 12, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

The assault on Christianity in the military continues unabated. Examples of such stories include US Army defines Christian ministry as ‘domestic hate group’; Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Islam critic, disinvited from Army prayer breakfastand more disconcerting, Bible removed from POW/MIA display inside VA clinic.

On April 3, 2016, Air Force veteran Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez, Jr. was assaulted and forcibly removed from Air Force Master Sergeant Charles Roberson’s retirement ceremony for mentioning “God” in his remarks.

Here’s the backstory. Roberson asked Rodriguez to give his flag-folding speech at his retirement ceremony to be held at Travis Air Force Base. Prior to the event, Air Force officials presented Rodriguez a speech for him to give. However, most people are unaware that, “the U.S. military had stripped any mention of God in the retirement ceremony in 2005.” Regardless, Rodriguez gave the same speech he’s given over 100 times anyway. However, once he mentioned “God”, he was forcibly removed from the ceremony by four NCOs in uniform. He was then summarily expelled from the base.

On June 20, 2016, First Liberty Institute tackled the situation by sending the Air Force a letter giving them one week to issue a written apology to Rodriguez Jr. before it would pursue legal action.

Most members of the military are tired of this assault on the expression of their faith. If you are too, then contact your representative and express your opinion in a respectful manner.

Maybe Congress will do something about it.

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]