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Lord, You created us with free will. We pray against the forced vaccination of Oregon’s teachers and healthcare workers and against the dividing of society by vaccine passports. We pray these initiatives will be blocked before they’re put into place, inspiring other states to override free will. Give wisdom to our leaders, and may they look at real science and not politicized objectives that sound scientific.

I grew up in Oregon and know first hand how conservatives have been frustrated by the progressive leadership consistently voted into office by city dwellers. Now Oregonians are facing more polarizing tactics. What is happening in Oregon should be concerning to all Americans. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) proposed four new initiatives for consideration and the comment period is open now.

  • Permanent statewide mask mandate with a $500 fine, per person, per daily occurrence
  • Forced vaccination of healthcare workers
  • Forced vaccination of teachers
  • Roll out of a digital vaccine health-pass on March 8

Three of the initiatives started as temporary rules, which only last 180 days. According to Jonathan Modie, Lead Communications Officer of OHA’s Oregon Public Health Division, “OHA has rulemaking authority and under Oregon law, OHA is charged with investigating and controlling communicable diseases and directing matters concerning the preservation of life and health of people … across the state.” OHA is proposing they make these initiatives permanent and expand on them.


Statewide Mask Requirement in Indoor Spaces

If this initiative moves forward, masks will be required in all indoor public spaces until the State Public Health Director or State Public Health Officer rescinds the rule.

According to OHA’s mask mandate proposal, those who forget their mask will face “up to $500 per person per day for non-compliance with the rule.” And business owners will face the same fines if they don’t enforce the rule. Modie clarified, “A person could be fined multiple times for multiple violations in a day.” They’ve set up a phone number and email address for people to report offenders.

Cloth masks are proving ineffective against the omicron variant, but the CDC “recommends that specially labeled ‘surgical’ N95 respirators should be prioritized for healthcare personnel.” A source who wishes to remain anonymous, served on the covid task force for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was in the room early in 2020 when Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor, compared wearing masks to protect against a virus to using chain-link fences to protect against mosquitos. Many Oregonians I’ve spoken with are frustrated to hear about potential fines for not wearing something that’s not effective according to the CDC and Dr. Fauci.

Schools and Healthcare Facilities

For Oregon schools and healthcare facilities, not only will masks be required of everyone in their buildings, but all teachers and healthcare workers will be forced to enter the largest drug experiment in human history by getting fully vaccinated. No one who is unvaccinated will be considered for employment, and those now employed will need to choose between risking their health and getting paid.

Both schools and healthcare facilities will face daily fines of $500 for non-compliance.

In addition, the OHA schools proposal states, “Some school-based programs (e.g., ‘outdoor school’) could lose significant funding if schools deem the masking requirement too burdensome to enforce and cancel them, or the programs lose enrollment because of the masking requirement.”

Larry Smith, a teacher in Southern Oregon since 1966, was shocked to discover the new initiative would also apply to the 465 private schools in Oregon. The proposal said many of them employ fewer than 50 persons. In an interview you can see by clicking here, Smith said he knows of a number of teachers who will be affected in the schools where he’s worked as a substitute teacher in recent years.

The OHA healthcare facilities proposal states, “In addition to the imposition of civil penalties … a violation of this rule may also be grounds for a licensing action….”

Though all three proposals mention studies which indicate masking and vaccinations help slow the spread of covid, they don’t take into account the fact that according to 144 research studies those who have already recovered from covid are up to 27 times less likely to get covid again than someone who is vaccinated.

Also, a Harvard study shows covid rates increase with vaccinations, and in Gibraltar, which has a 99% covid vaccination compliance rate, covid cases have risen by 2,500% since June 1, 2021.

Dr. Robert Malone, who invented the mRNA technology used in some coronavirus vaccines, spoke about the head of Indianapolis-based insurance company OneAmerica, who said the death rate is up a stunning 40% from pre-pandemic levels among working-age people, and most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as covid deaths. At the same time, the company is seeing an “uptick” in disability claims, saying at first it was short-term disability claims, and now the increase is in long-term disability claims. The number of hospitalizations in the state is now higher than before the covid vaccine was introduced a year ago, and in fact is higher than it’s been in the past five years.

More than 7,200 physicians have signed a declaration condemning policy-makers of “crimes against humanity” because of their “one size fits all” approach, which is bringing unnecessary injury and death.

According to www.OpenVAERS.com there are a million plus reports of covid vaccine adverse events, including more than 21,000 vaccine deaths. The site says that because it’s a voluntary reporting system it has been estimated to represent only 1% of vaccine injuries.  I asked Oregon officials about these statistics. Modie is unclear who is liable for vaccine related injury and death when the OHA is forcing employers to force their workers to take it. He said to reach out to the Oregon Department of Justice, and Kristina Edmunson, their Communications Director said, “We represent OHA and other state agencies, so as their legal counsel we are not able to provide you with legal advice.”

All of this risk is to avoid something that — in the omicron variant — is being compared to a common cold.


Medical and religious exemptions

The proposals for schools and healthcare facilities both allow for medical and religious exemptions, which is good, since all three approved covid vaccines currently available were developed and tested using fetal cell lines, which originated from aborted babies, and the Pfizer vaccine was developed by a cell line which had to have been extracted by removing the kidneys without anesthesia of children who were already born.

Based on a previous temporary rule set by Oregon governor Kate Brown, some healthcare facilities have already been firing their first responders because they wouldn’t take the jab. Jamie Guastaferro, a nurse of 26 years, working at a hospital in Oregon, said in an interview you can see by clicking here, “I never believed, that they would — in the middle of a healthcare crisis — fire a bunch of nurses.” She was refused a religious exemption. Then it was brought to the administration’s attention that there was inequity in which religious exemptions were being accepted. Guastaferro knows a married couple who had filled out their forms in a very similar manner. Guastaferro said, “He was given an exemption and she was not.” Apparently the nursing shortage prompted an invitation for Guastaferro to reapply for a religious exemption, but because the ruling was delayed she was put on unpaid leave for one day before the exemption was approved, and she was able to return to work. She must wear a mask at all times, but that’s fine with her since she works mostly in the operating room. She heard of other hospitals that interpret religious exemption as allowing 90 days of unpaid leave, but if you’re not fully vaccinated by the end of the window you’re fired.

Liberty Counsel has put together resources for requesting a religious exemption.


Now is the time to speak out

Modie said, “No decisions have been made on the proposed rules…. Rules that go through the regular administrative process, with public input before the rule goes into effect, are called permanent rules.”

Now is the time to make your voice heard.

During IFA’s Pray with Others Live on January 4 Nancy Rife, while praying over similar laws being proposed in New York said, “If we don’t use our voices now, we aren’t going to have them.” Judy McDonough, who hosts the program agreed: “That’s part of being a citizen of this republic… We the people… have rights, and we have a voice, and fortunately our government has always given us a way to use that. We’re not in communist China. We’re not in Russia. This is America, and so that’s why IFA is always going to ask you to pray and act.”

Click the links below for information on how to submit your ideas to OHA regarding the following initiatives:

Mask Mandates

Hearing: 1/20/2022, 10 a.m. Pacific Time

School Mandates

Hearing: 1/24/2022, 9 a.m. Pacific Time

Healthcare Facility Mandates

Hearing: 1/24/2022, 2 p.m. Pacific Time

All hearings will be held over Microsoft Teams teleconferencing software or audio only by phone. Click the links above for information on how to receive the information for attending and contributing to each hearing.

Written comments for all OHA proposed rules are accepted until 5:00 PM on January 24, 2022 and should be sent to [email protected].


Vaccine Passports

Sadly it’s too late to influence OHA’s decision to introduce a vaccine passport, which they are calling a digital vaccine health-pass. That will be rolled out on a voluntary basis on March 8.

Naomi Wolf, author of The End Of America said, “I cannot say this forcefully enough: This is literally the end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned….” She is the founding CEO of Daily Clout, which builds digital tools. She said, “It has the power to turn off your life, or to turn on your life, to let you engage in society or be marginalized…. The CCP can find any dissident in five minutes, and that can happen here literally within months.” Pray over this open door to restricted liberty.

Pray also that many turn to the Lord, the only Solution in these trying times. Pray for Revival and Awakening.

Post your prayer for Oregon and for medical freedom in your own state below…


Rich Swingle has taught and performed in 39 nations on six continents, mostly with his own one-man plays. Hes also performed in more than forty film projects. He and his bride, Joyce Swingle, another contributing writer for IFA, now have 37 screen children. The Swingles live in New York City. www.RichDrama.com


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Rich Swingle
January 24, 2022

I’ve now sat in on all three of the hearings and asked the moderator if there were any who spoke in favor of the mandates in any of the hearings, since I’d missed about 3.5 hours from the 12.5 hours of testimonies. She said no one has spoken for them, but there were a few who had submitted emails in favor of them. Everyone I heard spoke passionately against the mandates, so if they move forward it will be in opposition to the voice of the people.

I recorded my testimony and a summary of the opposition to the mask mandate here: https://rumble.com/vt70jl-my-summary-of-the-oregon-health-authority-hearing-on-permanent-mask-mandate.html

Rich Swingle
January 22, 2022

I spoke in the hearing for permanent mask mandates, and I was one of 39 I had time to hear. Everyone spoke passionately and eloquently against the mandate. One fellow asked if any of the 125 speakers signed up to speak FOR mask mandates, and the moderator said no! Praise the Lord! If they push the mandate through it won’t reflect the will of the people!

The deadline for submitting a letter to the Oregon Health Authority is Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific.

January 16, 2022

Thank you for helping to keep us informed so we can put feet to our prayers!

Rich Swingle
January 12, 2022

I talked about this on Pray with Others Live yesterday: http://www.RichDrama.com/PrayWithOthersLive (1/11).

January 11, 2022

The email address you gave for comments to the state about this matter does NOT work. It was c&pd several times and will not send. Upon hitting send it says “no results found” up at the address bar of the email.

Nancy A Sperling
January 10, 2022

We do live in Oregon and are very concerned about this. We have a Thursday a.m. weekly prayer time with others from our church where we pray over our Nation, City, and State. Thank you for keeping us informed about happenings in our state. We desperately need prayer! Thank you for all who are joining us in petition to our Heavenly Father over Oregon.

January 9, 2022

Lord God in Heaven,
Look not on our sins but through the merits of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, and grant please that the scales be removed from lawmakers, that lawmakers become enlightened and realize that mandates only divide and hurt our people. Let them see the Truth and disregard any need for mandates. Amen.

Robinson Janet
January 9, 2022

These government officials need to learn their place! They serve us not rule us.

January 9, 2022

Thank you Rich for this article. It is truly eye-opening. I live in a suburb south of Portland, and God’s intervention is the only way these mandates will not be imposed in Oregon. The whole system is rigged. Mail in balloting has been in place for 20 years, so no Conservative will likely ever be elected to a high state office, unless there is election reform, which is not even a mention around here. The OHA was added in 2009 under liberal leadership (my suspicion is to implement the upcoming ObamaCare). The governor selects the Director, and if you look at the 9 members of the “citizen Advisory Panel”, you can see what direction they will go. My question is does the OHA really have authority to make “laws” for the citizens of Oregon to wear masks, impose fines and implement a Vax Pass? But, how are you going to fight it? The current Governor has selected 5 of the 7 state Supreme Court judges.

The majority of the citizens of Oregon are just asleep and passive. There is almost zero push back from any of the churches.

I personally will see how this plays out over the next few months. If it goes as badly as it could, I will be closing my business and getting out of Dodge. You may say that I am cutting and running, but I can no longer morally justify paying 9.9% of my income, and $6500 in property taxes to support the tyrannical leadership in Oregon, who’s purpose it seems is to restrict my freedom and control the population.

We will continue to pray about all of this. God Bless.

Pat Sharp-Staton
January 8, 2022

Vaccine mandates and Mask mandates in the case of covid is a form of control, the non- published data of vaccine effects on those who have taken them until 75 years later, is another way of letting those responsible to evade any consequence to their rules, in this life. However, I have seen those responsible for rape, murder and other things, not caught or even accused, 1 month before their death were very much afraid, they knew where they were going when they died.

bob bowers
January 8, 2022

I feel all three of these are wrong and should be voted down. I have heard the mask don’t work to protect you, and the shots do as much damage as good. the test for covid are not working according to some dr. they can’t tell the diffrence between the flu and covid. I ask that these bills not be passed.

    Dolly Wright
    January 8, 2022

    We say NO to hell and demand that the current administration release the treatments that have already been proven to work.
    I bind the agenda that is the driving force behind these demonic laws and mandates and declare that they have already failed and will be short lived and will come to nought. I pray for courage for the people of Oregon to effectively stand up to unrighteous governing powers and to take back their beautuful State. I thank you, Father, that you are shaking principalities and powers that are sitting in the seats of authority that belong to your righteous Sons and Daughters and that we are rising up to take our rightful seats in the heavenlies. I declare and decree that these strongholds must and will be brought down in the name of Jesus and that the gates of hell will never prevail against your ekklessia, by the power of the blood and in the name of Jesus. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over Oregon and over America!

Teri Spray
January 8, 2022

Lord Jesus, I love Oregon. It was my birthplace and home for many years. Today my son and his family live in Lake Oswego, outside of Portland. I pray for their hearts and minds to be guided by you and not this oppressive regime. Let them hear YOUR voice Holy Spirit loud and clear and keep them safe.

Sharon Wilson
January 8, 2022

If companies that manufacture the shots-they are not vaccines- could be held responsible for i juries and deaths of people taking the shots, it might be more even level. Since they are totally non responsible shots should be voluntary not mandated.

C and C Nelson
January 8, 2022

The present governor and government of OR has been pushing the gates of hell for too long. Christians must get serious about praying for and taking action that will bring radical change because if they don’t, OR as well as other states will be lost. The push for 3/4 of OR to secede to ID is an excellent example and those who love OR should continue to pursue and push for it to happen. Governor Brown and her leftist puppets aren’t interested in doing what the people want – they are sold out. Only God can get through to them and since they continue to make laws opposed to God and freedom, they aren’t interested in serving the majority of people in OR. Sadly, I will not see foot in OR anymore unless there is a complete change in government officials. The present radicals have ruined the state.

Karen Secrest
January 8, 2022

I thought I was reading policy from Communist China.

Pray in the Spirit and with understanding

Elena A
January 8, 2022

I pray for the will of the Lord be done in Oregon! We say no to mandates! We say no to forced vaccines! We say no to ungodly leadership! In mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

Kenneth Andrysiak
January 8, 2022

Rich’s article has one (maybe more) glaring error. He states (taken from the Brownstone report) that an unvaccinated person who has contracted covid has a 6 – 27 PER CENT chance of not contracting covid again. The report states a 6 – 27 TIMES chance of not getting it again!! Hugh difference. His article should be corrected to bring that dramatic information to the forefront.

    Rich Swingle
    January 8, 2022

    Thanks so much, Kevin! I’ll ask my editor to update it.

Kathleen Bustamante
January 8, 2022

As a current Portland resident, I can attest to the detestable conditions in Oregon right now. I pray for the believers in Oregon who are facing incredible pressure by some of their own church leaders to get vaccinated regardless of their reservations regarding the jab. I pray that God will give courage, wisdom and discernment to each one of his followers and that we will find comfort and answers quickly, myself and my husband included.

January 8, 2022

I do not agree. Protect others as well as yourself and stopmthe spread or lessening of this epidemic

    January 8, 2022

    Lord God Almighty I pray for your grace to be shown to Patricia! In that she will have faith in you enough to love what you have made to be true MORE than she loves herself! So that she will have power to resist the lies about how to best protect ourselves! Which are being forced on us by media ect by government power to submit to them as our god!

Karen Grube
January 8, 2022

Please Dear Father, let the churches and all Christians in Oregon have the courage to speak out against these proposals. Don’t let them be discouraged and strengthen their hearts to know they CAN win back their state against this evil. We have two weapons in this war against tyranny; our voices and our votes. Teach us to use both for your glory.

Coalla Craig
January 8, 2022

My comment is a cry to Papa God for forgiveness. That this is happening in the LAND OF THE FREE AND BRAVE.Papa we need Your help as how we are to pray. I have learned So much lately I didn’t know. As a child of God with the authority given me thru Jesus I come against this evil that is TRYING to take over not just USA but the world.I pray for more intercesessers. God is not a man that He should lie.We live according to 91 Psalm He will protect us.Papa give us our instructions.You are our ONLY HOPE!To you I give all my praise and thanks! We love YOU!!

Marsha Bashor
January 8, 2022

Oh God, how did it get so bad in Oregon. I pray that Oregon keeps their religious exemption in place for the sake of the workers. I also pray for awakening in the people there to state their cases and for revival in that state, the only answer. I ask for your Holy Spirit to come there and sweep over all the people and come into their hearts, and I ask for removal of the leadership who do not follow your ways in the state of Oregon.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Boom boom
January 8, 2022

A good percentage of fruitcakes and weirdos occupy the State of Oregon. The Governor is nothing but a feminist douchebag. Until the good people rise up and throw the scum out, you will always have them. Same thing here in Illinois. We are the most corrupt State in the Union and they keep electing these same filthy democrats over and over. It’s disgusting.

Carol Glover
January 8, 2022

I have a friend whose husband was on hospice in a nursing home in Oregon. When he died the death certificate said Congestive Heart Failure. Oregon has sent new death cause of Covid. If anyone interested I can get the papers showing believe there must be money from government for the new cause of death. Also when I went to the hospital with covid and never had the a shot the doctor told me he wasn’t going to treat. Every single day they kept trying to get me to go home and I refused as was not able to care for myself. I was there 6 days sent home with O2 even tho I didn’t need it. They even wanted me to get the pneumonia shot before leaving which I refused as well.

Carole Ann Neve
January 8, 2022

Dear intercessors and readers, Did you read the excerpt part of this article? “The proposals for schools and healthcare facilities both allow for medical and religious exemptions, which is good, since all three approved covid vaccines currently available were developed and tested using fetal cell lines, which originated from aborted babies, and the Pfizer vaccine was developed by a cell line which had to have been extracted by removing the kidneys without anesthesia of children who were already born.” Isn’t this organ harvesting? I am sure that you have heard of this by now! How did Pfizer choose the children to take the kidneys from? You can just think of the real life victim and not, “I’m fully inoculated.” I know I need my kidneys. What happened to the well child? They are trying to make the public cannibals and disguisedly worse, allegedly. According to a Project Veritas video of a Pfizer whistleblower, this company is not being honest about what ingredients are actually in the various COVID vaccine (batches).

Ted Bjorem
January 8, 2022

Praises I grew up in Portland too 1945, Rose City Park / Benson, and praises part of a discipling church, Central Christian.
San Jose Bible College / Emmanuel / invited to teach in AUS in 1980

thanks for the lessons you learned and shared.
Ive experienced attacks on my computer ( twice the screen just wipped quickly and computer stopped, each time as it was attended too I lost my christian/ethical files, including you.

daily in my prayers

Michael De Rosa
January 8, 2022

Lord, we will continue to stand firm on Your Word, that this is but another of Your battles we are being called to. (Ex 14:13). Father, as you parted the Red Sea and made a way for Your people to trek towards the Promised Land, while swallowing up the hordes of people following Evil, You are likewise doing right now.

Lord, may the encouragement and comfort You have for Your people (John 14:27) who are being affected by these mandates be experienced in such a manner that they and those around them would know Your Glory by how You provide for them

So, Father, open our eyes to see how this evil of the mandates is right now being checked in heaven (Matthew 6:10): while the intentions of our political leaders lean towards safety, the spirits of Confusion and Anger and Power are vying for notice. I praise You Father, that such attempts to thwart Your will never prevail (Matthew 16:18).

Therefore, as we battle this by standing firm, we declare right now the victory as we Praise You.


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