It seems the good lieutenant–a missileer–wished to avoid being alone for 24-48 hour periods with a female officer in underground missile silos.
He made the request to his superiors, while stating a willingness to make an exception for “military necessity.” He got black marks on his record for his pains.
The good folk at the Becket Fund took up the case and just succeeded in removing the derogatory entries. I can’t vouch for the Fund’s litigation tactics, or their Constitutional approaches, but I know I like the increased protection for religion that they seek.
Of course I’d prefer to live in a society that didn’t need litigation to understand trying to avoid adultery. I’d even settle for living in a society that didn’t share my personal religious commitments but at least had religious commitments of its own that would allow them to understand me.
In the meantime, well, Lt. Berry’s career is notionally back on track. It’s not much, but let me take my comfort where I can, and give due credit to “righteous gentiles” like the people at the Becket Fund who are willing to labor for our common cause.
P.S. For thhose not familiar with First Things, a short explanation may be in order. It’s subject is religion in the public square, although it branches out. It’s run by a Father Neuhaus, an orthodox Catholic convert from Lutheranism with a strong ecumenical bent. Jews and Protestants frequently publish in it. It’s (scroll down halfwayaudience sometimes takes itself a little seriously. (They call themselves ROFTERS–Readers Of First Things–, and organize discussion groups). It’s quality is high.
Fr. Neuhaus once wrote a long editorial comment on why Mormons weren’t Christians. His motives were obscure and his arguments were about what one would expect. After some stiff criticism, he later unbent enough to allow that we might be “marginal Christians” (scroll halfway down), which I guess is fair enough from his viewpoint.