Son at Ft Drum

Published On: September 11, 2022|Categories: MRFF's Inbox|2 Comments|

From: (name withheld)

Subject: Son at Ft Drum.

Date: September 11, 2022 at 8:27:48 AM MDT

To:[email protected]

My son is a captain in the army at ft drum NY. He requested a religious exemption from the covid vaccine. He was told a medical request would not be accepted. Although he went off base to a private medical facility and got proof he had natural immunity. He did send a request for religious exemption.  The local chaplain stated he agreed my sons request was valid. His local pastor at black river Baptist agreed and presented a letter. His past pastor in his hometown of Kings Mountain NC also provided a letter. After a long period of time he received a denial from the military. Stating military need and readiness. He has now sent the appeal and addressed he would take any position where he could continue to serve without taking the vaccine. He has for years now been required to wear a mask daily and every monday get swabbed. He has been refused his PCS to Okinawa stating he will never leave ft drum. He was taken out of his command when his command was sent to Poland. Our military deserve their religious rights protected. The military accommadales so many for reasons other than religious but seem to be on the attack for any who request an exemption although they have an obligation to accommodate. They have ignored their due diligence and give same reason to all. Army need. Thanks for your time.

(name withheld)


On Sep 11, 2022, at 11:34 AM, Chris Rodda <[email protected]> wrote:
Hello (name withheld)…
I’m Chris Rodda, MRFF’s research director.
Our organization completely supports the military’s COVID vaccine mandate, and has since the beginning. We find that the requests for religious accommodations to be exempt from the vaccine mandate are overwhelmingly being submitted by service members who willingly got a plethora of other vaccines, some of which also used fetal tissue in their development, without batting an eye, making their objections to this particular vaccine seem very specious, leading us to believe that the objections stem from political opinions rather than any genuine religious belief. 
The only cases of objections to the COVID vaccine that we would even consider would be cases in which the service member has a history of requesting religious accommodations to be exempt from other vaccines prior to COVID. Without such a track record of objecting to other vaccines, we simply do not buy that any service member’s objection to this particular vaccine is coming from a genuine sincerely held religious belief.
As for so-called “natural immunity,” all of the science says that any natural immunity from a prior COVID infection is only temporary, and even that temporary “natural immunity” likely does not protect an individual from different variants. We at MRFF go with the science.
Thank you for contacting us,
Chris Rodda Senior Research Director Military Religious Freedom Foundation


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  1. Grey One Talks Sass September 13, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Letter writer said “After a long period of time he received a denial from the military.”

    The denial was due to the Captains acceptance of all previous vaccinations which include the very ingredients they thought (wrongly) are in the COVID vax, no matter which company is doing the manufacturing.

    The poorly educated (see sentence and word choices from the letter writer as receipts for my observation) are easily led and even more easily deceived.

    If their choices didn’t affect me I’d only be sad for the letter writer and their son. That said, their actions or refusal to take action in regards to a wily virus like COVID does affect me directly. I won’t be silent in the face of their ignorance.

    This isn’t about their religious rights and yet it’s about doing what is right. Ironic innit?

  2. Ironmoped September 15, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Grey One,
    I like your “innit!” As in, “innit mate!”

    Too right. I’m more troubled that a Captain in the Army is crying to Mommy and Daddy about how unfairly he’s being treated! Really? “Awwww, poor baby! Are they being mean to you?”

    The Captain ought to be schooling his parents on talking about his and his unit’s personnel movements. So a 10th Mountain Division unit deployed to Poland? Recently? Really, hmmm , light infantry with a war going on along it’s border? Interesting.
    Or that he was PCSing to Okinawa?

    As the old adage goes, “loose lips sink ships!” It’s called Operational Security Mom and Dad. You shouldn’t be sharing your son’s and his Division’s troop movements in a public forum.

    “Need to know.” The public doesn’t need to know where your son is or where he’s going or trying to go!

    Your best advice to your son is, “grow up, be a man, stop snivelling, do what you’re told, and do what you’re supposed to do!”

    Plenty of other jobs he could do outside of Army life that doesn’t require a vaccination! Tell him to go get one!

    He’ll, he could even be a preacher man – he wouldn’t have to work at all!

    Sound like your boy’s problem is his parents! He’s still tied to Mommy’s apron string, as an Army leader! That’s dangerous! Not only for him, but also for those he’s supposed to be leading!

    Stop protecting him. He’s supposed to be an Army “leader” for fuck sake!

    Pouting because he has to take a vaccine! I’d kick his ass out even though it would mean taking a loss on all the money we spent training his dumb ass! Better that than losing troops under his charge.

    Crying and he’s no where near combat! What’s he going to do in combat?

    Kick his ass out! He’s unfit for service!

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