Master Sergeant Charles Roberson of the United States Air Force was all set to retire from active duty on April 3rd of this year. He had personally requested that retired Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez personally attend and perform his popular version of the traditional flag folding ceremony and speech.
Rodriguez and his retirement speeches are popular among the retirees and his services are frequently requested. According to Breitbart, when Roberson’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Sovitsky learned that Rodriguez would be giving the speech and tried to have Rodriguez blocked. The reason? Because Rodriguez mentions and honors God in his speech.
During the ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Rodriguez was quickly surrounded and forcibly grabbed and removed from the service after he mentioned God. “It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Rodriguez recalled. “To have the Air Force assault me and drag me out of a retirement ceremony simply because my speech included the word ‘God’ is something I never expected from our military.”
The anti-Christian attack was captured on video:
Rodriguez has since secured legal representation from the First Liberty Institute. They have sent a letter to the Air Force demanding a formal apology, acknowledgment that they violated Rodriguez’s civil rights and a guarantee that he will not be targeted again for his Christian faith or for uttering the word “God.”