The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the case of former Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who claims that she was unfairly convicted at court-martial and discharged from the Marines after she refused to remove cutouts of a paraphrased Bible verse from her work station
On Monday, the Supreme Court officially declined Sterling’s petition for review of her case, which was filed last December after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington ruled against her last August.
Considering the verse that Sterling was asked to remove in May 2013 was a modified version of Isaiah 54:15 that read “no weapon formed against me shall prosper,” the appeals court ruled that the context of verses posted at her work station could be seen as “combative” and that Sterling “did not inform the person who ordered her to remove the signs that they had had any religious significance.” However, Sterling claimed that she posted the verse at her workstation as a form of comfort from bullying.
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