A former Air Force officer who challenged the Pentagon's COVID-19 vaccine mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has been accused of threatening to shoot the captain of a Delta Air Lines flight while serving as the co-pilot.
Jonathan J. Dunn, who was authorized to carry a firearm in the cockpit, was indicted last month by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Utah for “interfering with the crew of a commercial airline” and for “using a dangerous weapon to assault and intimidate” the captain, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general.
Dunn, who now serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, argued to the Supreme Court in 2022 that the COVID-19 vaccine took on a “sacramental quality” as the military sought to roll out the protection to the force, according to The Hill, and that it violated his morals.
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“That makes COVID-19 vaccination a religious ritual required as a condition of participating fully in civil society — like ancient Roman laws requiring sacrifices to Caesar, or Nebuchadnezzar's edict requiring worship of the golden statue,” his lawyers told the justices, The Hill reported. “After much prayer, [Dunn] concluded that he cannot participate in such a religious ritual — and thus cannot take the vaccine — because, as a…