(RepublicanNews.org) – In 2021, President Biden mandated that all federal employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination or face termination. The Pentagon also demanded the US military to do so, given they’re part of the federal government. However, the Pentagon has run into issues with its mandates and exemptions.
A group of Navy SEALs, last year, filed a lawsuit against their branch, claiming the religious exemption the Navy offers is a sham. A federal court recently ruled in favor of the SEALs after the Department of Defense (DoD) attempted to punish them for not following the Pentagon’s mandate. The DoD noted that it’s working with the Department of Justice to figure out its next move and what options it has.
This is the first religious exemption request/lawsuit I've seen succeed re: the covid vaccine in the military/DOD…am I missing anyone? https://t.co/4gzKytub21
— Carmel Richardson (@carmelelizabeth) January 4, 2022
Reed O’Connor, the US judge presiding over the case, agreed with the SEALs citing the fact the Navy has only granted one religious exemption since 2015 and none in regard to the COVID-19 vaccine. O’Connor added that exemption requests often see rejections before they’re even filed.
If the Pentagon disagrees with the ruling, the case will head to an appeals court, where a judge will either uphold or overturn it. It’s entirely possible this case may make its way to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately for the SEALs in the lawsuit, the high court hasn’t intervened in other COVID-19 related cases thus far.
In America, the Constitution grants citizens many rights, one of which is the freedom of choice. Many argue that by forcing people to get the vaccine, the government and businesses responsible violate the Constitution because they take away the individual’s right to choose whether or not they want to get the COVID-19 inoculation. Ultimately, it should be the individual’s decision, not their employer’s.
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