Charles Roberson was retiring from the U.S. Air Force and asked a friend, Oscar Rodriguez Jr., to say a few words at his ceremony about the meaning of the folding of the flag, a tradition at such events.
When Rodriguez, a retired Air Force master sergeant, stood up to speak, however, several uniformed airmen grabbed him, dragged him from the building and ordered him off the base.
Now Roberson and Rodriguez are suing the Air Force for damages, alleging officials at Travis Air Force Base in California were determined not to allow Rodriguez to mention God in his speech.
The case, filed by First Liberty Institute and lawyers with Kirkland and Ellis in U.S. District Court in Washington, alleges violations of the religious liberty of both men.
It happened in April 2016 when, under orders, “uniformed Airmen abruptly interrupted a flag-folding ceremony at Roberson’s retirement and assaulted Rodriguez before he could