Federal Judge Rules Against Biden In Another Devastating Blow…

In a court order Monday, a federal judge blocked President Biden’s executive order about vaccines for Navy SEALs, who sought a religious exemption.

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Reed O’Connor, the federal district court judge for the Northern District of Texas, issued the stay for 35 SEALs and three reservists who filed a lawsuit seeking a religious exemption through First Liberty Institute last November, according to the latest reports.

“The Navy service members, in this case, seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment,” O’Connor stated in his ruling. “There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”

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As part of the order, the Navy is prohibited from creating new policies that would allow those who object for religious reasons to be deemed ‘non-deployable’ or ‘disqualified’ from participating in Special Operations. This effectively means Pentagon SEALs cannot be fired for refusing the shot.

The SEALs had filed a lawsuit last year alleging the Navy had shown ‘disdain for religious vaccine accommodations,’ compared with ‘certain secular vaccine exemptions’ — such as medical exemptions — that had been granted.

When expressing their concerns to other officers, those who challenged the policy claimed they were told that doing so could result in serious repercussions, such as not being considered for Special Operations or deployment missions.

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The SEAL team members who appeared in court were all members of various Christian denominations, and they argued that their objection to the vaccine mandate was driven by “their sincerely held religious beliefs,” arguing that the military violated their constitutional rights.

“We are aware of the injunction and are reviewing it,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and several members of his party in Congress signed an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit in December.

“Forcing a service member to choose between their faith and serving their country is abhorrent to the Constitution and America’s values,” stated General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, Mike Berry. “Punishing SEALs for simply asking for a religious accommodation is purely vindictive and punitive. We’re pleased that the court has acted to protect our brave warriors before more damage is done to our national security.”

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Christian groups have sought exclusions from mandates regarding vaccines because they have been made from cells taken from aborted fetuses, although religious groups, including the devoted pro-life Catholic Church, believe the COVID vaccine is not sinful, and have encouraged their members to get it.

The court papers related to the case indicate that more than 99 percent of active-duty Navy service members have received full vaccinations against Covid-19.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the Navy violated the group’s religious rights in violation of the Constitution’s Freedom of Religion Clause as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Specifically, the first law guarantees citizens’ rights to practice their religion as they wish, as long as this practice does not conflict with a ‘public moral code’ or a compelling government interest, while the second law ensures that religious freedom interests are protected.

In light of O’Connor’s ruling, potentially thousands of U.S. Marines may face possible discharge for refusing to take part in the mandatory vaccination. The Department of Defense’s rule went into effect on Nov. 28 for active-duty service members in the Marine Corps.

The United States military has dismissed more than 200 Marines for refusing to take a coronavirus vaccine.

The latest report indicates that 206 U.S. Marines have been expelled from the military since late November for refusing to take the vaccine.

Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense, directed all branches of the military on Aug. 25 to make sure military personnel received the vaccine when it was reported that cases surged over the summer. Dec. 15 marked the end of military deadlines, and disciplinary action followed shortly thereafter.

Several Marines who spoke anonymously said they were witnessing the Biden administration’s “political purge” forcing the military’s “best and brightest” out over deeply held beliefs they said were protected by the First Amendment.

A major, speaking on condition of anonymity, called the vaccination mandate “an unconstitutional edict that I think is very targeted as a political purge, taking out some of the best and brightest soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and guardians from the Space Force,” the report added.

O’Connor stated that the plaintiffs had a good chance of succeeding on their constitutional and RFRA claims.

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The Department of Defense has also been sued over other vaccination rules that are in place that have been a target of other lawsuits prior to Monday’s ruling. Nevertheless, none of these cases had been granted preliminary orders, which led to more leniency in the requirements.

In addition to the Biden administration’s vaccine policies for federal employees, workers in health care, and employees of large corporations, the Supreme Court is also closely monitoring the matter. The Court is considering challenges to the Biden vaccine policies but religious freedom is not considered to be central in either case.

Approximately 35,000 US troops are unvaccinated as of December, including 3,864 Army soldiers who refused vaccinations.