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Air Force Colonel Punished For His Religious Beliefs Fights Back

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, First Liberty Institute, a national religious freedom law firm, sent a demand letter to the United States Air Force on behalf of its client, Colonel Michael Madrid, USAF.

First Liberty attorneys say the Air Force discriminated against Col. Madrid because of his religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality. They are asking the Air Force to rescind Madrid’s punishment or face further legal action.

“Colonel Madrid is the latest victim of the extreme political correctness that is destroying our military,” Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute, says. “The military should never discriminate against a service member because of his religious beliefs.”

Col. Michael Madrid is a decorated Air Force veteran, a former Naval aviator, and a flight surgeon who has served in the military for 26 years. As a Christian, he holds the traditional belief that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman.

In 2014, an openly gay Airman was court-martialed and found guilty of serious misconduct. During the court-martial process, the Airman, who worked with Col. Madrid, accused Col. Madrid of having made derogatory comments about homosexuality.

Col. Madrid denied making such comments and submitted to a thorough Air Force investigation, where he explained that he holds traditional Christian beliefs about marriage. The Air Force found the allegations unsubstantiated, cleared Madrid of the charges, and closed the investigation. (Read more about the court-martial and investigation)

However, more than two years later, Col. Madrid was placed under a new commander, Major General John E. McCoy. Soon after, without any new evidence or new investigation, Maj. Gen. McCoy arbitrarily decided that Madrid had lied during the investigation and was guilty of the Airman’s accusation of making derogatory comments about homosexuality.

As a result, Maj. Gen. McCoy placed a Letter of Admonishment in Madrid’s permanent record. The letter virtually guarantees that Madrid, who has an otherwise stellar record and who is only one promotion away from the rank of Brigadier General, will never be promoted.

Today, First Liberty sent a demand letter to the United States Air Force, saying that Col. Madrid has been denied due process and demanding that the Letter of Admonishment be rescinded.

“Colonel Madrid submitted to an extensive military investigation and the Air Force cleared him,” Berry says. “Major General McCoy has no right to ignore the rule of law and arbitrarily decide, more than two years later and without any new evidence, that he can punish Col. Madrid.”

First Liberty attorneys say that although Maj. Gen. McCoy never provided reasons for his actions, they are consistent with a growing trend of extreme political correctness and hostility toward traditional religion in the military.

“At First Liberty Institute, we’ve seen multiple cases in which military officials have refused to tolerate service members’ traditional religious beliefs,” Berry says. “Colonel Madrid doesn’t hide the fact that he is a devout Christian. We are concerned that Major General McCoy judged and punished Madrid – a decorated Air Force officer – because he became aware of Colonel Madrid’s traditional religious views. If so, that not only harms the military, but it is illegal.”

“I feel like the full power of the Air Force is coming down on me because of my faith,” Col. Madrid says. “Now, after more than a quarter century of service to this nation, I feel like I constantly have to look over my shoulder. It’s incredibly intimidating.”

“Religious intolerance and discrimination against anyone in the military is inexcusable,” Berry says. “We ask the Air Force to take immediate action to hold Major General McCoy accountable and to provide justice and due process for Colonel Madrid.”

Read more about Madrid’s case at


The Servicemember’s Prayer

Just over three year ago I wrote The First Responder’s Prayer. It has since been published in three books, and posted on many police and fire station walls. I continue to hear how it brings comfort to those who protect us daily. Ever since I have wanted to do a similar prayer for the brave men and women of our military. I am finally convinced God has given me the right words for that prayer.


The Servicemember’s Prayer

By Rev. Robert  A. Crutchfield

Heavenly Father,

Give me your strength, when fear creeps inside me.

Let your strength sustain me, when my endurance fades,

Give me your peace in the face of the horrors I must witness.

Grant your wisdom to those given command over me.

Flow your comfort and companionship over my loved ones while I must be away.

Serve beside me always, as I defend those whom I don’t even know.



prayer.. (Photo credit: aronki)


This prayer is dedicated to Almighty God , and humbly offered to those serving us in our military.  I pray that it offers them some small degree of comfort, and strength.

Martha McSally Announces Opening of Campaign Headquarters

English: Col. Martha McSally, USAF

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Tucson, AZ — McSally for Congress is pleased to announce the opening of our official campaign headquarters on Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 PM. McSally is running in the special election to replace Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle  Giffords who resigned to complete her recovery from an assassination attempt. McSally is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. She was the first American female fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first female to command a fighter squadron in combat. In 2001-2002 she put her career on the line, working to overturn a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia. She is pro-life, pro second amendment, and supports secure U.S. boarders.


To commemorate the opening and the kickoff of the campaign, Martha McSally will be hosting a special event for campaign supporters, volunteers and anyone who wants to learn more about why Martha is the right choice to represent Southern Arizona. The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30PM, and light refreshments will be served.


The office is located at 6080 E. 22nd St, suite 140, in Tucson (Next to the Jack Furriers Western Tire Center, 22nd & Pantano.) We hope to see you there!

Saddleback Adds Military Campus in Afghanistan

In my world there is no such thing as being caught up on your reading. That doesn’t mean I don’t try. This morning I was reading up on some Christian religious news when I ran into  this article on how Saddleback Church in Southern California, created a branch campus of their church for our military men and women at a base in Afghanistan.

My immediate reaction was that this was one of the greatest ideas I had heard of in a long time. I have the greatest respect for the chaplains that serve in our military. However providing these kinds of  efforts to take some of the workload off of them is something we in the church world should have done a long time ago.

I have loved the United States Military ever since I was a child. That love only grew in 1983 when I joined the Texas State Guard. That love for our military inspires me as a minister to try and meet at least some of their needs where God gives me the opportunity. That’s why as we get Compassion Church of Katy up and running “military ministries” is one area I would like us to be involved in.

Katy, Texas where we are planting our church is not near any large military bases. However what Saddleback and other groups are doing proves that we don’t have to be. Technology for one thing is opening many incredible opportunities for ministry. The Katy Area is also home to many veterans, and military families, so this mission field is probably a lot nearer to our doorstep than we think.

As we go about organizing our church, and then growing it I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. However their are others around the country who are doing things much like I would like our church to do. do. Let’s learn from their example, help them where we can and improve on it where we get the chance.