Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a member of the Army band and self-professed christian conservative, faces non-judicial punishment as a result of his faith and political allegiance.
Sommers is accused of giving a superior officer the wrong date for a doctor’s appointment. He’s also accused of failing to carry out an order. In order to comply with that order, Sommers would have had to disclose private information about his autistic son’s medical records. The charges were handed down one day after Sommers told Fox News that he was facing discrimination and persecution because of his conservative political and religious beliefs. “The timing does seem strange,” retired Navy Commander John Bennett Wells told Fox News. “It’s suspicious. No matter what’s happening it looks like a graduated attempt to build a case against him on some really ridiculous charges. Wells is representing the 25-year veteran who, until last summer, had a spotless record. The Military District of Washington disputed allegations that Sommers had been reprimanded or disciplined.
Non-judicial punishment allows unit commanders to deal with infractions of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice in an informal manner that can result in loss of rank, pay and certain other benefits. For example, if a private tells a sergeant to screw off, the private is going to face an Article 15 proceeding. That proceeding is considered non-judicial punishment; but, the Private could opt for a court-martial. The bar to a court martial is high but would also result in much more swift and perhaps certain separation from the military for disobeying a direct order. In this instance, a 25 year veteran and senior non-commissioned officer looked to be “hemmed up,” over his politics – and it appears the Army band has a number of militant homosexuals in the ranks and are taking their politics out on MSG Sommers – and using the military justice system to carry out their agenda.
Whoever counseled MSG Sommers needs a primer on the law and DOD regulations. In the article it states that the counseling statement MSG Sommers received implied that he could have violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act does not apply to actively serving members of the military. Any implication of a Hatch Act violation contained within in a counseling statement is false, misleading and adds to speculation that his unit commander is incompetent, ignorant or possibly on a witch hunt against people who are conservative and christians.
Sommers’ troubles started last year when he was confronted about having pro-Republican and anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal vehicle. The stickers read: “Political Dissent is NOT Racism,” “NOBAMA,” NOPE2012” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with Ass-Fault.” That sticker included the image of a donkey. His superior officer told the solider that the bumper stickers were creating “unnecessary workplace tension.”
“The types of stickers on your car were creating an atmosphere detrimental to morale and were creating unnecessary workplace tension,” the officer wrote in an Army document obtained by Fox News. “A Soldier must balance their personal feelings with the mission of the U.S. Army. Even the slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”
Sommers also came under fire for reading the works of Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and David Limbaugh. Last summer he was reading Limbaugh’s “The Great Destroyer” backstage at a concert when a superior officer told him that he was causing “unit disruption” and was offending other soldiers.
“I wasn’t read aloud,” Sommers told Fox News. “I was just reading privately to myself. I was told they were frowning on that and they warned me that I should not be reading literature like that backstage because it was offensive.”
Apparently the unit commander is on a witch hunt. Members of the military are specifically allowed to have bumper stickers of a political nature on their cars. Department of Defense Directive 1344.10 specifically addresses bumper stickers and that they are permissible even when of a political nature. So why would a commander fail to investigate his claim made on a counseling statement or make another false allegation against a senior non-commissioned officer? Todd Starnes’ article sheds lights on this question:
“It’s an obvious attempt to set him up and force him out of the military,” Wells said. “They recently did an NCO evaluation that effectively torpedoed his chance at promotion and he could be forced out of the Army.” Attorney Wells believes Sommers is being discriminated against not only because of his Christian faith, but also because of his objections to homosexuality. “There’s no question about it,” Wells told Fox News. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”
During the course of their investigation, the military unearthed a tweet from 2010 that included a derogatory word for homosexuals. The soldier admitted that he had retweeted someone else’s original tweet. “Lordy, Lordy, it’s faggot Tuesday. The lefty loons and Obamabots are out in full force,” the retweet read. The soldier was hauled in to explain himself before a superior officer.
“He explained to me that homosexual Soldiers were now afraid of me,” Sommers said. “He showed me a letter from an Army Band colleague that demanded that I publicly apologize (to) the band for my statements and that I should be removed from positions of leadership and influence.”
Sommers admitted the retweet was a case of bad judgment on his part, but he said he believes that a group of homosexual soldiers are on a witch hunt and they were “attempting to dig up any negative information they could in order to silence me or ruin my career.”
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