"The US government is still mandating all members of the military to get a Covid-19 vaccine and discharging those who refuse – even on religious grounds – in what amounts to a deliberate purge of troops with beliefs the current Pentagon considers wrong, a sergeant and two officers told the podcast hosted by Republican congressman Matt Gaetz on Thursday.
Gaetz (R-Florida), who hosts a podcast called ‘Firebrand,’ said he wants to propose an amendment that would ban mandates for experimental vaccines and restore rank and pay to those forced to leave the military, but admitted that some of his Republican colleagues might not support it, not to mention the majority Democrats.
'If you are a believer and you are listening to this podcast, you need to understand that God-fearing service members are being intentionally purged from the services,' said one of his guests, Air Force Captain Jordan Karr.
'It’s a purposeful purge,' argued Army Major Samuel Sigoloff. 'Anyone who would disobey an unlawful order is being purged out of the military,' he added, alleging there is a 'shadow policy' in place to protect the leadership doing this.
Karr, Sigoloff and Air Force Master Sergeant Nickolas Krupper made their case against the mandate by bringing up religious freedom, natural immunity, and the discrepancy between the jabs used under emergency authorization and the one officially approved, which technically isn’t available in the US.
Though they are legally distinct, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance says that Pfizer’s emergency-use vaccine and the officially approved Comirnaty 'can be used interchangeably… without presenting any safety or effectiveness concerns.'
All three service members face 'involuntary separation' over their refusal to get the jab, but have sued the Defense Department on religious exemption grounds. They technically remain on active duty until the lawsuits are resolved. Sergeant Krupper pointed out he is two years away from retirement and would lose his pension and family medical benefits if the USAF kicks him out."
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