Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Stein received an "other-than-honorable" discharge on Wednesday after he criticized United States President Barack Obama on Facebook, according to Capt. Brian Block, a Marines spokesman.
On the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page, Stein had previously referred to the President as a liar. He also alluded to the fact that he would not follow certain orders that were issued by the president.
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"I took an oath to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and I will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders," Stein wrote on his personal Facebook page.
The "other-than-honorable" discharge that Stein received is given to people serving in the Marines who commit a "serious offense" that significantly differs from they type of conduct expected of a Marine.
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The events that culminated in Stein's discharge began in January, when he called Obama a liar and referred to the President as "the 'Domestic Enemy' our oath speaks about." In March, he also questioned the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate.
Stein was discharged because of a Defense Department rule that forbids US citizens serving in the armed forces to participate in certain forms of political activity and activism, including publishing partisan content.
Stein believes he has behaved appropriately, because the Facebook group page he posted the offending content on states that members "do not represent, and are in no way affiliated with the military, or United States Armed Forces."
"If I am guilty of anything it would be that I am American, a freedom loving Conservative, hell bent on defending the constitution and preserving Americas greatness," posted Stein.
Recently, Stein asked this question on his personal Facebook:
“Does 15 words on a private Facebook forum, that I agree we're tasteless, merit ruining a honorable 9 year career that ends in just over 90 days?"
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This story originally published on Mashable here.