“There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
The Navy SEALS are taking the fight to America’s leaders over their right to decide whether or not they must take the mRNA shots being marketed as Covid “vaccines.”
Now, they have achieved a stunning legal victory, the First Liberty Institute announced.
“The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas today issued a preliminary injunction, stopping the Department of Defense from punishing military service members who have religious objections to the vaccine mandate,” the non-profit group said in its announcement. “First Liberty Institute filed a federal lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of dozens of U.S. Navy SEALs and other Naval Special Warfare personnel against the Biden Administration and the Department of Defense for their refusal to grant religious accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.”
“Forcing a service member to choose between their faith and serving their country is abhorrent to the Constitution and America’s values,” said Mike Berry, General Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “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.”
In his order, Judge Reed O’Connor said, “The Navy servicemembers 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. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
The court order can be read in full below:
Thirty-five Navy SEALs and servicemembers filed suit against President Joe Biden and the Department of Defense over its vaccine mandate, KHOU reported.
“They’re forcing them to choose between their faith and serving their country, that’s un-American and illegal,” said Mike Berry, the general counsel with First Liberty.
The First Liberty Institute is a legal non-profit based in Plano, Texas whose mission is defending religious liberty.
Berry argued that his Christian clients deserve religious accommodations and should not be subjected to the vaccine mandate, the report notes.
“Of the thousands of religious exemptions that have been sought [the military] has not approved a single one. That is textbook discrimination,” Berry said.
Dozens of Republican lawmakers subsequently filed a legal brief in support of a group of Navy SEALs who sued the Department of Defense seeking a religious exemption to the coronavirus vaccination mandate, the Washington Examiner earlier reported.
“Twenty-six Navy SEALs, five special warfare combatant craft crewmen, three Navy divers, and an explosive ordnance disposal technician are the plaintiffs, while President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the Department of Defense, and Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro were named as the defendants in the suit that was filed last month,” the Examiner noted.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.” (Revelation 7:9-12 New King James Version)