The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking President Joe Biden to wield the influence and authority of the federal government to incentivize vaccination mandates.
While praising the recent federal employee and military Covid-19 vaccination mandates, FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor assert in a letter to the president that “these steps are still not nearly enough.”
Their letter lays out common-sense recommendations that the government can adopt to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, including: require vaccinations for air travel; withhold federal funding for schools that do not require vaccinations for all eligible and refuse to award federal contracts with businesses that do not require Covid-19 vaccinations.
Additionally, FFRF suggests requiring that local and state governments, particularly police departments, be eligible to purchase decommissioned gear and materials only if they have mandated vaccinations for their staff.
“Urging, begging, bribing, and, sadly, reasoning with many unvaccinated Americans has had too little effect,” FFRF writes.
Biden must take executive and large-scale action to help rid the United States of Covid-19, as even dollar incentivization has not worked. Under the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the federal government is entrusted to take care of its citizens and ensure the general welfare of the nation.
FFRF urges the president to get creative: “It’s time for the federal government and governments at every level to mandate vaccinations wherever possible. Our nation and the world will be safer as a result.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 35,000 members. Its purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church and to educate the public on matters related to nontheism.