A veteran began offering traditional remarks at a military flag-folding ceremony when his fellow uniformed airmen assaulted and dragged him out of the room because his remarks mentioned God.
For decades, service members have included God while giving the “flag-folding speech” at military and civic events, explaining the colors, symbols, and history of the flag.
The speech has always closed with, “God bless our flag. God bless our troops. God bless America.”
The Obama administration removed all references to God in 2005. When Senior Master Sergeant Oscar Rodriguez proceeded to use the traditional ceremony, at the request of the veteran the ceremony was for, he was assaulted and removed!
Rodriguez retired from the Air Force in 2013 after 33 years of service to his nation. He has a clear and distinctive voice and is frequently asked to deliver the flag-folding speech at retirement ceremonies.
On April 3, 2016, Master Sergeant Charles Roberson was retiring from active duty. Roberson had heard Rodriguez give his stirring rendition of the traditional flag-folding speech and asked Rodriguez if he would give that speech at Roberson’s retirement celebration at Travis Air Force Base where Roberson served in the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
According to a demand letter sent by First Liberty Institute on Monday, when the squadron’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Sovitsky, learned that Rodriguez would give the traditional speech mentioning God, he expressed his opposition and allegedly tried to block it. As Roberson explained in a video interview seen for the first time on Breitbart News, Roberson asked Rodriguez to press forward.
When the event went forward as planned, another video first obtained by Breitbart News — the one of the retirement ceremony itself — shows Rodriguez taking his position and beginning his flag-folding speech. Four uniformed airmen surround him, forcibly seize him, and roughly drag him out of the room, as he continues shouting out his speech over the heads of his assailants.
First Liberty Institute lawyers are now representing Rodriguez and are demanding that the U.S. Air Force apologize and punish those responsible, or face a federal civil-rights lawsuit. First Liberty is representing Rodriguez entirely free of charge.
I expect God is also expecting an apology!
See the horrific video: