First Liberty is defending Col. Michael A. Madrid, who is being falsely accused and threatened with demotion and the loss of substantial retirement benefits because of his faith. This type of religious intolerance and discrimination against a decorated officer is inexcusable.
An Air Force Colonel is under fire for his Christian faith.
First Liberty Institute is defending Colonel Michael A. Madrid, who was falsely accused of anti-gay discrimination and faces the potential loss of his career and substantial retirement benefits over misrepresentations of his faith. Even though Col. Madrid had been totally exonerated by an official Air Force investigation—and promoted and given a military decoration—a new commander, Major General John E. McCoy, arbitrarily issued a “Letter of Admonishment” that could devastate Col. Madrid’s career.
Without new evidence or new investigation, Maj. Gen. McCoy assumed that Col. Madrid must be guilty. Our concern is that McCoy came to this conclusion because Madrid is known to be a devout Christian with fidelity to a biblical view of sexuality.
“This type of religious intolerance and discrimination against a decorated officer is inexcusable,” says Mike Berry, First Liberty Director of Military Affairs. “The Air Force must take immediate action to correct this and to provide justice and due process for Colonel Madrid.”