Preliminary injunction issued Monday by a federal district court against the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for U.S. Navy SEALs.’
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment rights of 35 Navy Special Warfare service members were allegedly violated when President Joe Biden ordered them to be vaccinated or face probable court martial or forced separation in November 2021. (1993).
“Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it proves that application to the person—(1) is in furtherance a compelling government interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest,” Texas-based judge Reed O’Connor wrote in his order under RFRA’s specific provision.
An appointment of George W. Bush’s, O’Connor found that forcing the vaccination of SEALs was the least restrictive way to serve the government’s interest in a healthy fighting force and that it burdens the SEALs’ religious convictions.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Plaintiffs have done their duties in a safe manner during the outbreak. At least six Plaintiffs have done large-scale trainings and led courses without issue before to the vaccination requirement,” he said in his letter.
Breaking: Federal district court in Fort Worth grants preliminary injunction in favor of U.S. Navy Seals who sued Biden administration over denial of religious exemptions for military COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
— Daniel Friend (@DanielJFriend) January 3, 2022
Even if the Defendants had a compelling interest in universal vaccination of its personnel, they have attained this aim without the assistance of the thirty-five Plaintiffs here.
However, the Navy has permitted sailors with non-religious exemptions like allergies or clinical studies to deploy notwithstanding their absence from religious services.
Aside from their view that “changing one’s body is an afront to the Creator,” the 35 SEALs who have sought religious exemptions have voiced their objection to the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine research or production.
O’Connor noted in his ruling that “the Navy service men in this case seek to defend the same liberties they have given so much to safeguard.”
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is not appropriate for the government to abdicate such rights.” The First Amendment does not apply to COVID-19. Our Constitution does not include an exception for the military.
BREAKING: Federal judge just granted temporary injunction to group of Navy SEALS seeking religious exemption from vaccine mandate. Judge Reed O’Connor: “There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) January 3, 2022
The SEALs’ legal counsel, the First Liberty Institute, applauded the court’s decision.
Requiring soldiers to choose between their religion and military duty is contrary to the Constitution and American principles, First Liberty Institute’s general counsel, Mike Berry, said in an official statement.
A punishment for requesting a religious accommodation is nothing more than vengeful and punishing.
When it comes to national security, we’re happy that the court has intervened to safeguard our courageous fighters before more harm is done.
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