Judge Blocks White House Vaccine Orders for US Troops

Judge Blocks White House Vaccine Orders for US Troops

(RightWing.org) – A court has struck another blow against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates. This time a federal judge has ruled in favor of a group of elite troops who refused vaccination on religious grounds.

On January 3, the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas heard a lawsuit filed by 35 Navy SEALs, who alleged they’d been disciplined after asking for a religious exemption to the White House’s federal vaccine mandate. The naval commandos say they were subjected to or threatened with, punishment including separation from colleagues who had accepted the vaccine or dismissal from the service.

District Judge Reed O’Connor granted the SEALs a preliminary injunction that bars the Department of Defense from any further disciplinary action against the group.

Judge O’Connor explained his ruling, saying the SEALs “seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect.” He confirmed neither COVID nor serving in the military strips anyone of their First Amendment rights.

These SEALs were lucky. So far, thousands of service members have applied for religious exemptions – and none have been granted. The US Air Force and Marine Corps have already begun discharging personnel who didn’t meet the vaccination deadline. In light of this court case, which rules punishment for vaccine refusal on religious grounds unconstitutional, should the termination process be reversed?

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