Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Air Force Suspends Christian Pilot for Refusing to Participate in Mask Ritual

'It is unfathomable that the military would spend time and money in training its personnel simply to suspend and punish them for unconstitutional reasons...'

The Air Force suspended a highly trained fighter pilot for refusing to wear a mask after his commander denied him a religious accommodation request, Liberty Counsel reported.

In a June 10 letter to John P. Roth, acting secretary of the Air Force, Liberty Counsel appealed the denial of a religious exemption and the subsequent disciplinary actions against the unnamed pilot.

Roth announced in a memorandum on Feb. 16 that all personnel must wear masks and stay at least six feet away from their fellow airmen.

The Air Force captain, anonymously called “John Doe,” determined that forced mask-wearing violates his religious convictions by forcing him to submit to a pseudo-scientific religion, now colloquially known as “Faucism.”

“Mandatory masking is seen by many as the cornerstone of a social narrative—an ‘orthodoxy’—that COVID-19 justifies unprecedented restrictions on individual, economic, and religious liberties,” LC wrote in a press release. “A mask mandate may offend the conscience of an objector, forcing him to confess ‘by act’ his faith in what he perceives as a false narrative.”

Fauci himself acknowledged in numerous released emails that mask mandates promote social control and create an illusion of safety but do not control the spread of respiratory illnesses.

“Many Christians such as Captain ‘Doe’ believe that support of a false narrative is participation in a lie, which is sin,” LC wrote in a press release.

Doe, who is stationed in Mississippi, first applied for a religious exemption on March 14, 2021. His group and squadron commanders approved the request.

Then Doe’s wing commander overturned the approval.

To avoid a confrontation, Doe took 30 days of leave while he appealed the wing commander’s decision. His appeals were denied.

The Air Force has suspended Doe from flight status, from access to classified information, and subjected him to non-judicial punishments.

LC told Secretary Roth in a letter that failure to grant Doe’s accommodation request will put him in violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment.

“It is unfathomable that the military would spend time and money in training its personnel simply to suspend and punish them for unconstitutional reasons, in violation of their own policies,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman.

The Air Force has invested more than $2 million to train Doe.

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