Congress Exempt, Military Heroes Face Prison

Oct 16, 2021

The distraught mother of an Air Force 1st Lieutenant contacted our office, desperate to keep her daughter out of military prison for requesting a religious exemption to the COVID shots.

Joe Biden granted Congress an exemption, while his Department of Defense (DOD) ordered every service member to get the shots. For merely submitting a religious exemption request, these heroes are being threatened with prison and dishonorable discharge.

On Friday, Liberty Counsel filed a class action lawsuit against Biden, the DOD and the Department of Homeland Security to keep the religious faithful in the military out of prison. Our clients include members of every branch of the U.S. military, as well as federal employees and civilian contractors. If successful, this lawsuit will free every person in America from Biden’s unlawful shot mandates.

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In April of this year, Nancy Pelosi insisted that all members of the United States Congress, and their staff members, be exempted from the shot mandates.

Pelosi got her way, and all of Congress remains exempt to this day.

But the “special privilege” of exemption is not being applied to the very people who risk everything to defend our freedom—the U.S. military.

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Military members are being told NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS.

Bethany reached out for help. She is distraught over the fate that awaits her daughter, a lieutenant in the Air Force.

Bethany’s daughter, along with thousands of other active-duty military members with spotless service records, is facing PRISON for merely submitting a religious exemption request.

“The USAF is mandating an experimental vaccine with no recourse, while the CDC, WHO, Congress and USPS are exempt,” wrote Bethany. “These are governmental agencies. Why are they exempt, and not our military?”

Bethany’s daughter signed up for service to defend the very freedom she is now denied. She has been ordered to get the jab by November 2. If she does not, she will be court-martialed and dishonorably discharged.

Unlike Pelosi, Bethany’s daughter will not be granted her right to privacy, nor will she be granted a religious exemption as is her right under military law, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment. Instead, this military hero will be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the punishment could include time in military prison.

Facing dishonorable discharge is the ultimate betrayal for those who risked their lives, were wounded, and have seen their friends killed and dismembered by bombs and IEDs. The threat of dishonorable discharge will unquestionably increase the rate of suicide in the military services.

The DOD recently released its 2020 report on suicide among active-duty military members. The suicide rate soared last year. The chaplains who have contacted our office tell us that the threat of dishonorable discharge is pushing even more service members to contemplate ending their own lives over the disgraceful way they are being treated.

THESE HEROES DESERVE HONOR AND RESPECT. We will not allow Biden’s DOD to abuse them, or worse, push some to suicide.

Yesterday, Liberty Counsel filed a class action lawsuit against Biden on behalf of the military, along with federal employees and contractors. We WILL defend these brave men and women against Biden’s illegal mandate.

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In addition to military members, we represent tens of thousands of people in every private and public employment sector. We are defending health care heroes who have been terminated or face termination.

In addition to our core staff, we have trained 70 of our affiliate attorneys to help carry the load. Daily, we send out multiple demand letters. We have filed lawsuits. While we have had many victories, we also hear heart-wrenching cries for help every day.

We’ve cried with these desperate people. They come to us without hope. We give them hope. We were the first and only public interest law firm actually helping these precious people.


Many staff members are working 18-hour days. We are warriors for truth and justice. We will not abandon these desperate people in need.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7).

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S.  Don’t forget to fax state and federal lawmakers to say NO MANDATORY COVID SHOTS OR VACCINE PASSPORTS.

And don’t forget to sign our petition.

*Names in this email have been changed for privacy.


“Congress Is Exempt from Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers.” n.d. Accessed October 1, 2021.

“DAF Announces Mandatory COVID Vaccine Implementation Guidelines for Airmen, Guardians.” Mirage News. September 4, 2021.

“U.S. Defense Department Reports That 580 Service Members Committed Suicide in 2020.” 2021. TheBlaze. October 1, 2021.

‌ “White House Clarifies USPS Workers Will Be Subject to Vaccine Mandate.” New York Post. September 9, 2021.