Hate Group Sues After Air Force Colonel Is Disciplined For Refusing To Follow Protocol On Same-Sex Marriage

The Air Force Times reports:

An Air Force colonel who refused to sign a certificate of appreciation for the same-sex spouse of a retiring master sergeant in his command claims he was wrongly disciplined for holding to his religious beliefs. Following the May incident, the master sergeant filed an Equal Opportunity complaint alleging that Col. Leland Bohannon, then-commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, unlawfully discriminated against him due to his sexual orientation. That complaint was substantiated.

Bohannon was relieved of command. Additionally, a letter sent by a superior officer recommended against Bohannon’s promotion to brigadier general, effectively ending his career. He is now being represented by attorney Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute, a religious liberties group, who has appealed to the Air Force Review Boards Agency to reverse the substantiated EO complaint and remove any unfavorable materials from Bohannon’s service record.

RELATED: First Liberty’s former senior counsel, Ken Klukowski, who also worked for the Family Research Council, is a Breitbart columnist and worked on Trump’s transition team. Virulently anti-LGBT former First Liberty lawyer Jeff Mateer, who spoke at the infamous “death to gays” conference, has been nominated by Trump to the federal judiciary. (Tipped by JMG reader Karl)

  • teedofftaxpayer

    His refusal is based on stupidity and not religion. They’re using religion to hide their hatred.

  • another_steve

    We’ll be seeing a lot more of the “religious liberty” scam. Even if the Supreme Court rejects it, the theofascist right will continue to run with it.

    It’s a big money-maker.

  • JoeMyGod

    Letters of appreciation to the spouses of retiring service members have been standard protocol for decades.

    • Gustav2

      Yeah, but the first ones were addressed:

      Dear Little Woman,

      • Tiger Quinn

        Why do you have such fucked up ideas about the military?

        • Willys41

          Because there seems to be a helluva lot of people like Col. Leland Bohannon in the US military. And frankly a helluva lot of the vets I’ve met over the years seem just as bigoted.

          • PhallicMetaphor

            I was in the army for 6 years and I agree with your assessment of many of the service members in the military.
            Reading this article I was surprised the EO complaint was substantiated and there were repercussions, a lot of times when things like this occur the leader in question is quietly reassigned.

          • PhallicMetaphor

            Before I deployed in 2006 I had an African American soldier transferred to my crew me being a Sargeant at the time, he was in his previous unit constantly teased and harrassed as he was suspected of being gay. To clarify I’m a straight white male my supervisor at the time was also a straight white male went to check on him as he did not show up for formation. We caught him sleeping in bed with another male soldier. We talked about it and agreed no one needed to Know about it. My supervisor lied about that and told the 1st sgt. They started the paperwork to separate him from the military they then lied to him and told them that they were not going to do so and ordered me to keep that from him as well and threaten me with disciplinary action if I didn’t follow those orders they also left his statement of what had happened out on a desk so many people read it. This left such a bad taste in my mouth the way they went about this the wrong way in which they had done it and then and then how they had lied to cover it up in the end I did disobey orders I did tell him what was going on and I told him we could fight it if he wanted to which he did not. they gave him an honorable discharge and I helped him transition out of the military as best I could but it really left me feeling disgusted at how the chain of command had subverted the Sam policy and really handle this kids situation terribly.

          • Chucktech

            Thank you for your service. You served our country not only in your military capacity, but you served our country in a compassionate and humane and righteous capacity.

    • John30013

      Yes, and the commanding officer has essentially NO DISCRETION in the matter. It’s a professional courtesy, presented on behalf of the entire Air Force, not the commanding officer himself (who is essentially performing an administrative function by signing it).

      Asshat deserved to lose his command.

  • Tawreos

    Signing your name to a certificate of appreciation is now something that will piss god off? This god and his followers need to toughen the fuck up or they risk being offended to death.

    • another_steve

      People who believe in an angry god are themselves angry.

      All our gods are external projections of what resides within.

      • Todd20036

        That explains why I choose to worship Priapus

        • RaygunsGoZap

          I misread that as Priebus.

          • (((GC)))

            Ewwwww!

          • caphillprof

            Ewwwwwwww!

      • Chucktech

        And those who believe in an angry god also believe that god is a perfect being. Anger is a human failing. A perfect being cannot be angry.

        But religion doesn’t lend itself to logic, now, does it?

        • another_steve

          Depends, I think, on how one defines “perfection.” I’m not a theist. If I were, however, my god would be along the Jesus model: fully divine and fully human, both in the same moment.

          The cohabitation of the divine and the imperfect is an ancient spiritual insight. Very ancient.

          The Christians were late coming to it.

    • FAEN

      And WERE the snowflakes?

    • Judas Peckerwood

      I’m sure he was just as scrupulous in opposing violence by the Army in accordance with the “Thou shalt not kill” commandment.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        tsk tsk
        that’s “thou shalt not MURDER” – the KJV got this bit wrong (but only this bit, until they want other get-outs!

  • Stev84

    What a silly snowflake

  • worstcultever

    Dear Dems: NO Dumpy judicial appointments, NONE, pending his treason investigations. STEP THE FUCK UP. SCORCHED EARTH MEDIA CAMPAIGN LIKE WE DID WITH BORK. NO DUMP APPOINTED JUDGES ANYWHERE.

    • They already broke those rules to shove assholes through on a simple majority.

      • jonfromcalifornia

        Yup. Thanks to those Dems who didn’t vote or voted anyone else but Clinton. We’re stuck with a few generations of rightwing control of the judiciary.

      • (((GC)))

        Dear Dems: WITHHOLD UNANIMOUS CONSENT. No Republican legislation, and especially NO lifetime judicial appointments by a likely ILLEGITIMATE “president”. GRIND THE SENATE TO A HALT until 45* is properly investigated and either exonerated or removed.

        (I’ve actually written and called in with a more polite version of this to my Democratic senator.)

    • kaydenpat

      I really wish they would!

  • thrunch

    Surely a God that loves everyone also appreciates them.

  • Todd20036

    If his religious beliefs prevent him from doing his job, he shouldn’t be working there.
    My job involves providing people with pensions. If I wanted to do that only for Christians and not Jews or Muslims, I’d get fired

    • Boreal

      Why do xtians need pensions anyway? Isn’t their goal to die and meet the sky fairy?

      • Tawreos

        How will they support all the grifters if they don’t have money?

        • Kelly Lape

          FUCK YOU. Just fuck you. Who the fuck do you think you’re calling a mother fucking grifter you piece of shit?

          • Tawreos

            Back the fuck down and try reading and comprehending. My smartass remark was to why do christians need pensions. Don’t jump all over people because you can’t follow a fucking comment trail

          • Kelly Lape

            The fucking article is about a Retirement for a service member. Christians don’t get fucking pensions asshole.

          • Tawreos

            Go ahead, be offended instead of reading all the comments then I am done with your dumb ass

          • Boreal

            I blocked him last year. Totally annoying.

          • PeedeResistance

            Although Xtians do not receive pensions simply for being ‘religious,’ they most certainly can and do receive pensions on a regular basis. Do try to finish that GED, honey.

          • zherazhera

            Kelly dear, I believe the words you’re looking for are ‘mea culpa’. Don’t bite the hand of a friend.

          • JaniceInToronto

            Blocked

          • Goodboy
          • PeedeResistance

            You are not only insufferably rude, you are a HAPLOID cretin who does not belong in a comment section for adults. Grow up, if that’s even possible for you.
            Buh-BYE, Felicia.

      • Stev84

        God gets 10% of their pension

      • Kelly Lape

        The pensioner in this case was a gay man who has earned his pension. The member was a Master Sgt and has earned his position. Military members endure not just risks, but a much lower pay for their career than a civilian doing similar work. In the 80’s under “Saint” Reagan the retirement was significantly reduced and the GOP continues devaluing the service of veterans.

      • Boreal

        Thanks for your interest, ‘This user is blocked.’

    • another_steve

      If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the baker in the “religious liberty” case, it’ll be fascinating to see how broadly they word their decision and what lines they draw.

      If your deeply-held religious beliefs forbid you from doing business with unmarried women, will you legally be permitted to turn them away?

      • OdieDenCO

        if the baker didn’t check to see if shell fish or pork was served at the reception yet still baked a cake, he just might be a hypocrite. cherry picking what Mosaic law to follow is a sure way to indicate it’s not about the “sincerely held” belief.

        • Calamity_Jean

          Or if there was going to be any dairy product at all in the cake (or frosting) and the meal included any meat at all, the baker would definitely be a hypocrite

      • Chris Gardner

        Exactly. If my religious beliefs lets me exclude lgbt people, then what about me excluding women, blacks, jews, and catholics.

      • Chucktech

        That would cost them money. So does turning away homos, but there aren’t enough of us in Flyoverville, Christendom to make a financial impact.

      • BobSF_94117

        I’m pretty sure “only teh gheys” will make it into the text somehow.

        • another_steve

          I can’t imagine that, Bob. Maybe in Iran, yes. Maybe there the judiciary would “pick and choose” like that.

          But in the United States, I simply can’t imagine that.

          • BobSF_94117

            Did you ever imagine a for-profit company of thousands of people could claim to have the religion of its primary stockholder?

  • Goodboy

    Jesus Christ what a nest of vipers. This will be the legacy of Trump. This is also the end game for the religious right once their done with Trump.

  • crewman

    I’m not sending letters of appreciation to interracial spouses either. Or to black people at all, because they should be in a segregated squad. Religion would have been used to justify those at some point as well.

  • Boreal
    • Tawreos

      And did it incredibly well.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Kardashians?

    • clay

      Queen’s lead guitarist has a PhD in AstroPhysics,
      still argues that fat-bottomed girls are what makes this rockin’ world go ’round.

      • Boreal

        Brian is a smart guy.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Pace Elaine May (no relation): “And THAT man is a DOCTOR.”

      • KevInPDX

        Good interview with him on NRP last week.

    • Daveed_WOW

      They do indeed make this rockin’ world go ’round. We don’t have to like it. But we do.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      HAH! And I thought the horse was dead. Nosirree.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ha! Yes, he did. 🙂

  • bkmn

    They will keep trying any little way they can to erode our rights.

  • Ninja0980

    Your religious beliefs don’t give you the right to refuse to do your job.
    If you can’t handle that, quit and find another one.

  • Bluto

    I despise their hateful god more every fucking day.

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
    • CB

      Awesome!

  • Boreal
  • Friday’s_cat

    This Klukowski guy, trying to remember if he was in the same room as George Papadopolous?

  • CB

    Well, at least he’s still a general asshole.
    You signed on for a secular job, not proselytizing from an ego-driven pulpit.

    • clay

      [edit, delete, got it, duh]

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    [O/T] The hits keep coming….

    Dana Baiocco, President Donald Trump’s pick to sit on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, made her name helping companies avoid responsibility for harmful products. A partner at law firm Jones Day, Baiocco has represented big tobacco and fought in court against asbestos workers who developed mesothelioma.

    https://theintercept.com/2017/10/31/trump-consumer-product-safety-commission-dana-baiocco/

    • AmeriCanadian

      It’s almost as if he goes out of his way to find the exact WORST person to fill these positions, doesn’t it?

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        It does seem that way. He doesn’t just hire a lobbyist or an industry insider, as you say, it seems as if the administration is actively seeking the worst, most harmful person possible to nominate for key positions.

        • Opinion Sousaphones

          Do you think that he has enough attention to detail to pull that off on his own? I rather doubt it. Finding these gems is, most likely, a task he outsources. I wonder to whom?

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            I don’t think for a second he selected most of these vile people himself, just as I don’t think McCain selected Palin.

          • Chucktech

            Absolutely. Trump can’t pay attention long enough to know shit about any of these people.

          • -M-

            Pence, Mercers, Kochs, Heritage foundation, the special donors list…

  • MB

    Bigot refused to sign a letter to a LEGAL spouse of an Air Force officer,
    at Kirtland AFB here in Albuquerque.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc8844a797375402518575c6a1ee915198e54bb38166b00cecbbdf87276acb0a.jpg

    Sanctimonious hypocrite.

  • Bluto
  • Tulle Christensen

    so signing a certificate of appreciation is against his religion? I need to look that up

  • Mr. M

    And they will claim they are the bigger supporter of troops than democrats. Nah. You’re just a homophobe.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Support the troops by becoming one instead of using bone spurs as an excuse.

  • joeyj1220
    • clay

      Uh, point of clarification, didn’t he do his job BECAUSE he hated teenagers?

      • Boreal

        Fake News

      • joeyj1220

        pfft… you say tomato I say ccch, ccch, ccch, taah, taah, taah 😉

        • Kelly Lape

          I’m cancelling my reservation at the lake for tonight.

          • Paula

            Hide in the cemetery.

          • Annerdr

            Just remember, don’t go into the woods alone, after dark, in your nightgown, with no flashlight or weapon – just so you can investigate the odd noises and movements.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Best special effects sound EVER!

    • kaydenpat

      A bit too well though.

    • CottonBlimp

      Don’t you mean her job?

      Sorry, spoilers.

  • Boreal
  • Boreal
    • Tulle Christensen

      Neither am I, but I might make an exception for Nichelle Nichols

      • Boreal

        Not I. Not the slightest interest in the ladies.

        • Tawreos

          I agree, but she has always been a beautiful woman

        • Annerdr

          All my dreams are dust.

        • Snarkaholic

          What if it was a choice between kissing her…or Chump?

    • Tawreos

      I like to think about how much this would have pissed off the haters when it first aired because you have two different races mixing. It pisses them off even more today since you have two different races and at least one of them is an open homosexual, so even more fuel on the fire.

      • JDS

        This didn’t. Even the kiss between Uhura and Captain Kirk did not raise that much controversy in the South. Books about the making of ST and the autobiography of Nichelle Nichols mention it.

        • Tawreos

          But I like the idea of heads exploding in rage =)

        • Natty Enquirer

          It helped that NBC wouldn’t let them show their lips touching.

        • Tiger Quinn

          Didn’t raise controversy?! Fake news indeed. It was a big damned deal.

      • Zeldacat

        The new Trek show has an interracial gay male couple. Guaranteed hater heads explosions!

        • Boreal

          One mom will be ever so pissed and aroused.

        • Chucktech

          The new Star Trek show is an Internet streaming type of deal. These people don”t have Clue One about how to watch it.

          • Todd Allis

            They could still read or hear about it and complain.

          • Chucktech

            They could hear about it…..on AM radio. Or Fox “News.” They will not read about it.

        • BobSF_94117

          And it’s only been 50 years…

          • Zeldacat

            It’s about fucking time, in other words. No argument here.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        This wouldn’t have been a problem for white supremacists since it involved two “inferior” races mixing, and no aryan blood was in danger of being tainted.

        • Tawreos

          I can’t tell you how pleased I am to find out I have no idea how white supremacists think =)

      • Snarkaholic

        I’m sure they were also furious that a black woman played a character who was intelligent, educated, and an officer of the ship…instead of a subservient maid!

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/652babf0566385234908a17932672f8bf06d2af8fe73557f48dcde2e74ac9067.jpg married to one of the biggest closet cases still did my nighty (blow) job..

    • joeyj1220

      ew…

  • Bluto
  • Bluto
  • Michael R

    Don’t take a paycheck from gay taxpayers …..
    you know , your beliefs and all .

  • Kelly Lape

    After a 20 year career, my retirement ceremony was attended by my partner and his family, however he wasn’t officially recognized by my command (2003). At every retirement ceremony the spouse of the member is given appreciation for their substantial contribution towards our career. Snubbing a significant other is just cruel, unnecessarily cruel.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b20c995fe2ff16dd3295b25523e5f4a27ada009a422bcbdcacf962be1f86960.jpg

    • jonfromcalifornia

      You’re talking about the sanctimoniously bigoted Evangelicals. Of course, they’re cruel. They worship a cruel “God” who damns everybody who doesn’t believe as they do.

  • margaretpoa

    Back in the 50s a whole lot of people claimed it was against their religion to work with black people. Now as back then, it’s just an excuse to hate. Yes, if you can’t follow orders, your career will end and whining about Jesus won’t ever change that.

    • Friday’s_cat

      I remember the wailing and rending when Blue Laws were struck down as unconstitutional.

  • Steverino

    The colonel is confused. The only way he could offend his religious beliefs about same-sex marriage would be if HE were to marry somebody of the same sex, and sign a letter of appreciation for HIS own same-sex spouse.

  • Bluto
    • Gerry Fisher

      Fiercely

  • Paula

    Very petty. Sorry, loser, no star for you. Maybe you should think of consequences.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m assuming these groups care about the principle of religious Liberties enough that they would also sue if a superior didn’t sign the letter for the white wife of an African American Soldier because it went against his deeply held religious beliefs.
    Right?
    It’s not like they would just be picking on one group of people and not actually give a shit about “religious liberties”

    • Friday

      Oh, the Christian Right want special rights to do that to everyone, if you read their actual proposals and suits, they’re just using the LGBT-bashing as a way to get there.

  • John Ruff

    Stupid Christian

  • JAKvirginia

    If I work in Customer Service and the customer spends thousands of dollars in my department, I smile broadly and thank them sincerely for their patronage. I did not, then, just approve and support their life. A letter of appreciation for duty performed is not an acknowledgement of a person’s sexual orientation, no matter how one tries to make it so.

  • OT- Developments in Catalonia. Carlos Puigdemont, The elected President (who Spain says has been removed from office) has said this morning from Brussels that his party will participate in the new regional elections called for December 21 and will honor the results. He has called for Rajoy, the head of the Spanish Government, to do the same. He also says he is in Brussels for his “safety”- but will probably return to Barcelona now that he has agreed to new elections. This means that the election on December 21 is turning into a de facto independence referendum — although the Spanish government has not said they will honor it if the Independence Parties win, it is hard to see how Spain can justify the current situation if they lose this election. A new poll shows that the independence movement now has 48% of support among Catalans — never this high before. Still, Spain has huge national debt and if there is a divorce between Spain and Catalonia, it is going to be financially messy. (note- I am checking with my bf Benja who is a law professor in Barcelona about this and will post his response later here).

    • Hue-Man

      Not surprisingly, the Flemish want the Catalans to separate (so they in turn can get rid of the freeloading Walloons!).

      Belgium’s immigration minister, Theo Francken, a leading member of the Flemish separatist N-VA party, appeared to lay down the welcome mat when he told local media at the weekend: “If the Catalans demand asylum, Belgian law permits it.”

      Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, reproached his minister for throwing “fuel on the fire” and said asylum for the Catalans was not on the agenda.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/catalonia-ex-president-puigdemont-belgium-asylum-independence

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      The Spanish should look at the Easter Rising (Ireland, 1916). The ham-fisted British reaction is what shifted popular opinion strongly in favor of independence. So far, the Spanish have not taken to shelling people, but matters are still in their beginning… and maybe they have read a bit of history.

    • From my friend in Barcelona

      Yes you are right.
      Next elections are like a referendum of independence. Finally, everybody will see how many support has any side and in this case it will be totally legal.
      If constitutional parties win the separatists will accept the result and the independence issue will be delayed minimum 4 years until next elections.
      But if independence parties win Spain will cleverly have been lose althougt they wont accept the result, then only the mediation of EU or international mediators could resolve this and then the fact of Catalan president is in Brussels and not in jail could help.
      Everything is weird and complicate but the true is, for now, people will finally decide voting and to me that is good.
      We will see

  • PickyPecker

    OT: A seasonal treat for your listening pleasure while you surf the threads.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFTJuCSRmhY

    • Boreal

      I still listen to APP. Great stuff from younger days.

      • PickyPecker

        Being a Poe fan…..Tales has always been my favorite. SO, so well done.

      • djcoastermark

        Fantastic album that helped shape me in my younger days.

    • clay
  • gaycuckhubby

    LOL… Ivanka is going to get tax reform pushed through?

    https://twitter.com/margbrennan/status/925371889220050945

    • clay

      OR, they could just not go, since they’re DOMESTIC policy guys. Ross at Commerce I could understand, but not Cohn, and probably not Mnuchin.

      And Ivanka should never have been included in the first place.

      • Natty Enquirer

        But she’s the Comfort Woman.

        • clay

          Hope not, I mean, they’re all such
          Hicks.

          • edrex

            very clever.

    • Boreal
    • Treant

      I very much doubt that anybody listens to Ivanka. She always comes across as the inbred, stupid princess who whines to get her way and never checks to see if you follow through when she leaves the room.

      • RoFaWh

        Her father boasted about using whining as a negotiation technique. To paraphrase his words, “if I don’t get my way, I whine and I keep whining until I do get it.”

    • BobSF_94117

      Nothing says planning ahead like dropping people off the official travel list after it’s been published.

    • John30013

      I thought that was (one of) Jared’s job(s)…. Is he indisposed?

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c05654a15a067a258435d1a445cc44a083e7bce84b7bfb0f2186a5f3fb2350f0.jpg has a gazillion latinos on the payroll and can’t cook for shit still doing my job

  • Paula

    Hey, colonel,,why don’t you pray for jeebus to save you.

  • Stogiebear

    If your religious beliefs prevent you from signing paperwork, get a job that doesn’t involve signing paperwork.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    These people will never grow the fuck up

  • boatboy_srq

    And this is why conservatists find the 1st Amendment so confusing. They keep trying to interpret that amendment as the privilege to practice their religion – include the Judging of Others, as outlined in 2 Mammon 49:99, and the Proselytizing of the unSaved unGodly Heathen, as stipulated in 1 Mammon 19:99 – without impediment or consequence. And they are always surprised when the actual verbiage is presented to them (either the text or the consequence) and their non-imprisonment / non-execution doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as it ought to be.

    • coram nobis

      They keep forgetting that, right next to the Free Exercise clause, there’s a provision against an Establishment of religion. A military commander enforcing his religious views on his subordinates is effectively in breach of the latter.

  • lymis

    People who call this just following religious beliefs have to understand that this would also excuse a Catholic general refusing to recognize a second marriage after a civil divorce, or a general who “firmly believes” that a Jewish or Muslim marriage violates their beliefs, or that a civil marriage with no religious blessing isn’t a “real marriage.”

    People would expect such a general to just suck it up and do their job. The only “religious beliefs” that currently get a pass of this sort are purely based in anti-gay animus. Period.

    And anyone who did such a thing would be rightly disciplined for doing so. He’d be perfectly free not to officiate at a marriage he disapproved of, if he had the religious authority to perform a marriage.

    • Chucktech

      This has a homo angle to it. Totes different, you see.

  • Talisman

    Snowflakes that cannot do the job should be fired. There is no compromise.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    “claims he was wrongly disciplined for holding to his religious beliefs.”

    Interesting comment coming from a soldier who’s religion tells him, “Thou shalt not kill.” Another asshole screaming religion as an excuse to discriminate.

    • I’ve been told that “kill” isn’t the correct translation, it’s murder… And the only true diference between “kill” and “murder” is the act is unlawful.

      • (((GC)))

        In other words, killing is just fine if GodSaysSo (or does it himself).

        There are better foundations of morality.

        • Ain’t that the truth!

        • JCF

          …which, ahem, a “later interpreter” of that faith made into a more definitive “if someone strikes you, ‘turn the other cheek”: NO killin’. (That’s the one I go with)

          • (((GC)))

            Seen on a button:

            WHY DO WE KILL PEOPLE
            WHO KILL PEOPLE
            TO SHOW PEOPLE
            THAT KILLING PEOPLE
            IS WRONG?

            Reminded me of the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Ex Post Facto” where one civilization’s punishment for murder is that the murderer relives the victim’s (recovered and implanted) last, terrified memories every 14 hours. No prison, “just” that.

          • CottonBlimp

            Didn’t that later interpreter also say that anyone who leads children away from his cult should be beaten, chained up, and drowned in the ocean?

      • JCF

        To make that distinction (kill vs murder), one has to be omniscient. Which I’m certainly not. Never met anyone who is.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    If you hold your religion above military policy, you can’t do your job. It’s that simple.

    • JCF

      …which, frankly, is why *I* couldn’t serve in the military: that whole “Thou Shalt Not Kill” business.

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        “Thou shalt not kill” actually meant, “Thou shalt not kill members of thine own tribe.”

        Everyone else was fair game, according to bible stories.

  • JWC

    Here we go again Lets just make the LGBTQ a religion think of all that we can refuse to do

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Bill Maher actually suggested that years ago…still one his funniest bits:

      https://youtu.be/w2QbGHBRVQ8

      • Chucktech

        LUVS me my Bill Maher!

      • JWC

        Althought its comedic I was serious Work their system against them Another case in point In states where open carry is the law then all the blacks and gays open carry Is it a law or just a “white” law

        • (((GC)))

          I understand that whites’ reaction to Black Panthers being armed was a major impetus behind gun control laws finally being enacted.

          • JWC

            There is an instiiled fear, distrust and dislikes for black people I saw in interesting footage the other day.A parking lot, high noon, lunch time A white lady sitting it herr car having lunch A second car arrives parks a wee distance away A black man also having his lunch As he looks over to see who else is there, he notices that she has hit the power locks. minor yes bit still a statement

      • (((GC)))

        The Satanic Temple has the right idea!

  • Col. Bohannon should find some other line of work, if the performance of his duties conflict with his religion. It’s that simple – AND it’s in his damned Bible:

    MATTHEW 6:24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    also see Luke 16:13 for a variation using “servant” instead of “man”

    In context, his duty as an air force officer is his job, his source of income, and it is “mammon.” If he sees his service to his god as a refusal to do his job, then he has no choice as a Christianist asshole but to resign his commission.

    Instead, he wants to keep his bigoted version of religion and eat his mammon, too.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Interesting. So tell us Colonel, will you be allowing other members of the military the right to object orders if they deemed them contrary to their sincerely held personal beliefs? Something tells me that’s not how it works. So instead of whining like the gutless, honourless coward you are and do your damn job and fulfill your duties to ALL you subordinates as required.

  • andrew

    Message to bigot Bohannon: If your personal religious beliefs interfere with doing your duty, resign. No one has the right to harm others and claim that their God made them do it.

  • JCF

    I was pleased to see that MOST of the comments at the Air Force Times article are pro-equality (against this douchebag of a colonel). But I couldn’t flag the homophobic ones…because to do that, you have to be a drone member of Facebook, of course [Reason #457,389 why FACEBOOK SUCKS]

  • Gianni

    Religious Beliefs – They can cover any contingency. Just spout the words and each and every legal infraction you may have committed shall be put aside. No more court system needed – everyone can be declared innocent and excused after saying the magic words. It’s just like how every criminal knows that God forgives them, so why are they being punished?

  • SinfulJosh

    The lawyers name is actually Ken Klukowski????
    Ken KluKowski????
    Ken Klu Kowski???
    you get the idea. ಠ_ಠ