If you think our military has been uncorrupted by the demands of political correctness, you’re wrong!
In 2013, when Pastor Steve Branson in San Antonio, Texas learned one of the members of his congregation, an Air Force sergeant, was being persecuted by his lesbian commander for being a Christian, he stood with him and fought against the depraved leadership that was violating the 19-year veteran’s 1st Amendment religious rights. The battles they fought together were long, hard, expensive, and fraught with danger, but Steve, and now retired Senior Master Sergeant, and married father of two, won the war.
Dr. Branson’s Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, is close to Lackland Air Force Base where the U.S. Air Force conducts all its basic training for new recruits, both enlisted and officer. He ministers to their temporal as well as their spiritual well being. Never did he imagine he would also have to support their legal and political needs.
As Americans we expect senior military officers in command positions to respect and protect the civil rights of all the people in their units. Sergeant Monk’s case proved us wrong. He was threatened with not only the loss of his imminent retirement, but also with a Courts Martial and prison time unless he endorsed a lifestyle that went completely against his religious and cultural beliefs. His is but one of far-too-many stories of intimidation by those in positions of authority who have political and social agendas.
Dr. Branson received the Jonas Clark Award from Family Research Council in 2014 for his work in protecting SMSgt. Phillip Monk from the cultural battles that are taking place in the U.S. military. He has been a key pastoral leader in San Antonio in battling the city’s cultural issues. His church has also been involved in medical and mission work in Costa Rica and Honduras for the last ten years.