Last year, Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for refusing to take down a paraphrased Bible verse on her computer. With the help of a non-profit legal organization, she’s planning to fight that ruling with an appeal.
While serving in the Marine Corps, Sterling displayed a paraphrased Bible verse on her computer work station in May 2013 at Camp Lejeune, a 246-square-mile military training facility in North Carolina, Military Times reports.
Military Times reporter Andrew Tilghman detailed, “Sterling taped three paper copies of the same quote — ’No weapon formed against me shall prosper’ — in 28-point type on her computer’s tower, her monitor and her desk.”
A supervisor told her to remove the verse, citing a dislike of the ‘tone’ of the verse. After a refusal, the staff sergeant threw out the verse, and swore at her, according to Sterling’s account.
Sterling soon found herself in court — without outside legal help.