Who Is the Real Commander-In-Chief

Jan 21, 2022

“Daniel in the lion’s den.” That’s how one soldier characterizes the decision before him. Members of the U.S. military are being forced to choose who they will serve—God or government. Joe Biden will have it no other way. But Liberty Counsel is fighting to STOP Biden’s purge of the religious faithful from the ranks of the military. —Mat

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Today, Joe Biden’s Department of Defense (DOD) will be forced to submit yet another report to the court detailing the tens of thousands of religious exemptions they have unlawfully denied.

When the first report was submitted to the judge two weeks ago, it became clear that Biden’s DOD lied. Out of 21,342 religious exemptions requested, only TWO were granted—one to a Marine who had already processed out of the military, and another to a Marine within days of retiring. All other requests from any service member as of January 7, 2022, have been denied. We expect today’s report to reflect more of the same unlawful denials.

Yesterday, we filed an amended complaint to our landmark lawsuit adding more service members and federal civilian contractors. And we requested an immediate injunction to protect service members and contractors.

Many of our faithful military heroes continue to hold out against Biden’s unlawful and deadly injection orders.

One of our plaintiffs, I’ll call him Christopher*, is one of the religious service members refusing the shots.

Christopher likens his situation to a “Daniel” moment, writing:

“If religious exemptions are denied, all religious freedoms are falling right behind. If this fails, you will be forced to decide in a short time whether you stand with the Military or with Jesus.”

Christopher is standing with Jesus.

“Daniel didn’t HAVE to pray visibly,” writes Christopher. “He could have prayed in his head and still honored God and kept his position. Instead, because of his position, because he knew people were looking up to him, because he was a greater magistrate ... he visibly prayed in front of his window to inspire and embolden others to remain true to their faith. He was a leader and a man.”

As an officer, Christopher has not hidden his decision OR the religious reasons behind it from the men and women he leads. Christopher will stand, no matter what comes, in his own “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” moment. Like many honorable service members, he believes he will forfeit the right to lead by example if he dishonors God and does not follow his convictions.

After defending OUR religious freedom, these brave men and women of the military are being coerced, cajoled and threatened in every possible manner. Overseas personnel who refuse the shot are being told they will be discharged and forced to pay their own way home if they do not comply.

These service members will have to come up with tens of thousands of dollars to move themselves, their families, and their entire households stateside – or they will be left stranded in a foreign land.

Other service members are being told they will be forced to repay all of their education and training costs! In the case of fighter pilots, this bill would be millions of dollars, bankrupting our nation’s best and brightest while kicking them out of the military.

The past two years of fighting religious tyranny have taxed our resources. Religious freedom has never been under such an attack in my lifetime.

We have multiple cases in multiple state and federal courts covering multiple issues in which Christian viewpoints, speech, action and freedom are under attack by tyrannical government officials run amok.

We WILL NOT stop until religious freedom is fully restored.

Please pray for our case, Shurtleff v. City of Boston, which I argued this week at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Help us stop the mandates and defend religious freedom. Our Challenge Grant opportunity has been extended. Give now and have YOUR GIFT’S IMPACT DOUBLED. The need is great. The time is NOW. Stand with us!

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. On January 18, I presented oral argument before the Supreme Court in Shurtleff v. City of Boston. I invite you to listen to the recording of the proceedings and to pray for the case. Visit LC.org/flag.

*Names changed for privacy


“DOD Continues to Threaten Military Entitled to Religious Exemption.” Liberty Counsel, December 10, 2021. Lc.org/newsroom/details/121021-dod-continues-to-threaten-military-entitled-to-religious-exemption.

“Military, Federal Employees and Civilian Contractors Sue Biden.” Liberty Counsel, October 15, 2021. Military, Federal Employees and Civilian Contractors Sue Biden - Liberty Counsel (lc.org)

“Resources & Research: COVID Vaccine.” Liberty Counsel, 2021. Lc.org/vaccine.