Biden BLOCKED By Federal Court – He’s Not Allowed
(RightWing.org) – In 2021, President Joe Biden mandated US military members receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Since then, a significant minority of the armed forces have refused to vaccinate. Many petitioned the military on religious grounds, yet their legitimate objections have been denied.
As a result, two class action lawsuits emerged. In March, a federal judge stopped the Navy from discharging any sailors who refused to get vaccinated under religious objection. On Thursday, July 14, an Ohio federal judge issued a temporary restraining order for the entire Air Force, barring it from forcing airmen to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs through mandatory COVID vaccination.
Judge Rules in Favor of Air Force Members
Ohio federal District Court Judge Matthew W. McFarland temporarily stopped the Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Academy, ROTC cadets, and Space Force from removing members who submitted requests for a COVID-19 vaccine religious accommodation. The time specified was from September 1, 2021, to indefinitely. The judge affirmed that to qualify as a religious accommodation, a military chaplain would have had to confirm the service member’s request was a sincerely held religious belief.
The ruling bars the military from punishing service members for their religious beliefs or involuntarily separating them. The judge noted that the Air Force maintained a consistent policy of overriding any religious objection to the vaccine. The injunction provides Air Force members with the relief they sought while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.
The Air Force acknowledged it had denied 6,803 members a religious accommodation request. In addition, 2,847 requests are pending. Since September 2021, the Air Force has only granted 104 exemptions.
Liberty Counsel is representing the Airmen. Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said the decision protected the religious freedom of thousands of military members. He noted that no one should be forced to choose between protecting their country and serving their God.
Is Biden’s COVID Mandate Hurting the Military?
US Naval Institute News reported that the Navy is hurting so badly for sailors it is canceling early separations, offering retirement extensions and up to $50,000 in bonuses for new enlistments. How much of that is due to the COVID-19 mandate? Enlistments are partially down because of the vaccine mandate, but it isn’t the whole story. Nonetheless, Biden’s forced jabs may be influencing those who would have considered joining the military in normal times.
According to CBS News, only 23% of those between 17 and 24 years of age meet the military’s eligibility requirements. So, if the military has a smaller group of people to choose from, why would Biden make it even harder on the all-volunteer armed forces to recruit more talent?
It could be years before courts finally decide on the legal legitimacy of Biden’s vaccine mandate. Still, two out of two cases say the administration was wrong. Will the appeals court or the US Supreme Court agree?
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