Opposition to tyrannical COVID vaccine mandates remains strong.
Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Prenga dismissed a challenge to the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate citing a lack of jurisdiction.
42 military chaplains had sued the Department of Defense saying the mandate violated their constitutional rights.
They are not giving up.
According to Army Chaplain (Cpt.) Andy Hirko, he and the other chaplains are planning on appealing the dismissal of lawsuit.
Hirko said, “we’re going to continue on and pursue an appeal.”
Hirko made it clear that he and the other chaplains are not finished. “As I and others wait in limbo,” he said, “I want to convey that the other 41 chaplains and I are not giving up the fight.”
“We still believe that religious freedom is one of the reasons why we signed up to serve, and we’re going to continue on and pursue an appeal,” he added.
“We’re going to pursue every avenue possible, not only to protect the religious freedoms of ourselves, but also the religious freedom of all other service members that need such protection right now.”
The House recently passed a bill that included a repeal of the US military’s COVID vaccine mandate.
It will head to the Senate next.
The House voted on Thursday to pass sweeping legislation that would authorize $858 billion in national defense funding and rescind the US military’s Covid vaccine mandate. The measure passed with wide bipartisan support with a tally of 350 to 80.
House lawmakers approved a final negotiated version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023, which sets the policy agenda and authorizes funding for the Department of Defense. Following passage in the House, the measure will next need to go to the Senate to be approved before it can be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
As part of its $858 billion topline for national defense funding, the measure authorizes $817 billion specifically for the Department of Defense. The massive bill includes a vast number of policy provisions. Among them, it would authorize a 4.6% pay raise for military service members. It includes provisions to strengthen air power and land warfare defense capabilities as well as cybersecurity. It also aims to bolster US support for Ukraine and NATO.
Hopefully, this is the end of the Pentagon’s COVID vaccine mandate!