A member of the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges.
Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the military and a decorated soloist in the U.S. Army Band Chorus, claims he was forcibly retired from the Army due to his religious and conservative political beliefs. I first told you about Sommers last year in a series of exclusive Fox News reports.
John Wells, an attorney representing Sommers, called him a “true hero” who lost his career while trying to stand up for his religious beliefs.” He alleges that he drew the ire of his superiors because of his belief in traditional marriage.
“Those who protect our rights must be allowed to exercise them,” said John Wells, an attorney representing Sommers. “Master Sergeant Sommers did nothing to interfere with good order and discipline. He was the perfect soldier.”
Sommers, who was based at Fort Myer in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of an Army commendation medal and was a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford.
The U.S. Army Band Chorus, known as “Pershing’s Own,” betrayed the core principles of the United States Army, Wells said.
“Congress has enacted laws to protect the free expression of religious beliefs in the armed forces,” Wells said. “The Army Band broke those laws and they will be held accountable.”
“I am certain that General ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, a true leader, is spinning in his grave at the actions taken by the organization that bears his name,” he added.
The lawsuit calls for Sommers to be returned to active duty service with full pay and benefits.
I reached to the military hoping they might shed some light on Sommers' allegations. But a spokesman said the Army does not comment on pending litigation.
Sommers first ran into trouble with his superiors when he put several anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car. The stickers read, “NOBAMA,” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with Ass-Fault.” That particular sticker included the image of a donkey. Sommers was ordered to remove the stickers, the lawsuit alleges.
“The Army took no action against those soldiers with pro-Obama bumper stickers,” Wells said.