Biden Lawyer Caught Criticizing Pro-Life Christians: They’re Not “Sincere” in Their Beliefs

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 20, 2021   |   9:19AM   |   Washington, DC

A lawyer in the Biden administration has been caught in a phone call criticizing pro-life Christians and questioning the sincerity of their beliefs. The White House official was captured criticizing the religious beliefs of federal workers on abortion, specifically the religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine mandate.

Millions of Christians have not gotten the COVID vaccine in part because of the vaccines and their various connections to cells from aborted babies. Some vaccines like the ones from Pfizer and Moderna were tested using cells derived from cells from an abortion babies. Others like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were more specifically produced using such cells from aborted babies.

Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec posted the video exposing the Biden administration’s complete disregard for Americans’ religious liberty rights. In the September call, Biden lawyer Marty Lederman is heard advising the Biden administration on how to combat religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine mandate.

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In the leaked call, Lederman advises that in “cases, for instance in the New York case that’s currently going on against the State of New York, the Thomas More Society is representing a bunch of doctors and nurses who claim that they would sin gravely in cooperation with the evil of abortion. How would they be doing so? The claim is that all three of the current vaccines, either have fetal cells that were obtained by abortions in the vaccine itself, or in the case of Pfizer and Moderna that those vaccines were tested using fetal cells that had been aborted, and even the connection to the previous testing, makes them cooperative with evil in a way that their religion prohibits.

“I don’t want to say anything too categorical but I believe that this claim will be very difficult for agencies to successfully claim that’s either insincere or not religious, even if it is. Even if we know that many of those claims are not sincere, or are sincere but not religions, this is the most common behavior you’re going to confront probably, and it’s likely that you will have to take as a given the employee’s claim.

“Not always, right, but one response that some hospitals have started to give is, ‘well do you know that Tylenol, and Tums, and Preparation H, those were all tested using aborted fetal cell lines, too.’ And I expect that employees will then say ‘well I didn’t know that, but now that you tell me that and I’ll stop using those products as well.’

“And then we will turn to the, ‘what does the government have to do once the employee makes that shown.’ And here, basically there is a compelling interest, obviously, in keeping our workforce and the public with which we interact safe from COVID.”

Religious exemptions are sincere and important to millions of Christian Americans, so much so that over 2,000 Christian doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in Maine have sued to stop that state’s mandate.

Recently, in an interview with Project Veritas, Pfizer employee Melissa Strickler provided emails from Pfizer executives instructing staff to avoid mentioning the fetal cell lines that the company used to test its COVID vaccine.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain actual cells from aborted babies, but it was tested with a fetal cell line, HEK293T. That cell line was created with cells from an aborted baby that have been grown and multiplied in a lab for years, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

All of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines have links to abortion, though none contain actual cells from aborted babies.

The companies Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca used cell lines created from babies who were aborted decades ago in the development and testing of their vaccines. The connections between abortion and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more limited, with cell lines created from aborted babies used only in testing the products.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute has a list of the COVID-19 vaccines with information about whether cell lines created from aborted babies were used in testing and/or production. Find it here.

In response to the investigation, Dr. David Prentice, vice president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said the company easily could have avoided a public relations crisis by using ethical materials to create its new vaccine.

“Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies should commit to no longer using the antiquated science of fetal cells and instead use ethically-sourced alternatives as are routinely used for many other medications,” Prentice said in a statement last week.