Soldier Sues Army Over Reprisals for His Conservative Views

By:  Dave Bohon
Soldier Sues Army Over Reprisals for His Conservative Views

A decorated 25-year military veteran has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army, charging that he was drummed out of the service over his conservative and religious convictions.

The story of Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, who was a member of the famed U.S. Army Band Chorus and a decorated soloist who sang at former First Lady Betty Ford's funeral, first gained traction after he served Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a 2012 celebration for his promotion to Master Sergeant, at the same time bringing to light his support for traditional marriage.

As reported at the time by The New American, Sommers' promotion coincided with the controversy that erupted over Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's comments in favor of traditional marriage, which prompted homosexual activists to mount a failed boycott against the fast-food chain. Shortly after his promotion, Sommers received a letter of reprimand from his Army superiors, who took exception to his serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his party, along with his support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Additionally, according to the Army Times, Sommers was targeted for displaying bumper stickers on his personal vehicle during the 2012 election season that were critical of Obama. The partisan bumper stickers, which the Army Times emphasized are permitted under Defense Department regulations, bore such slogans as: “NOBAMA,” “Political dissent is not racism,” “The Road to Bankruptcy is paved with Ass-Fault” (along with a cartoon of a Democrat donkey), and “Pray for Obama-Ecclesiastes 10:2,” referring to the Bible passage that declares: “A wise man’s heart tends toward his right, but a fool’s heart tends toward his left.”

Sommers said he was also targeted for his habit of reading books by neoconservative authors such as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and David Limbaugh, which his superiors said was offensive to other service members. According to Fox News, in one instance Sommers “was backstage before a performance reading Limbaugh’s The Great Destroyer when a superior officer told him that he was causing 'unit disruption' and was offending other soldiers.”

Sommers told Fox, “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.”

A group called Military-Veterans Advocacy, which is representing Sommers in his complaint against the Army, noted in a press release that although the decorated veteran of both the Air Force and the Army had enjoyed a sterling career with no hint of black marks, following the harassment “he found himself the victim of trumped-up charges and non-judicial punishment and was given a sub-standard evaluation.”

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