Judge blocks Pentagon from punishing Navy SEALs who refused COVID vaccine

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from New York Post,

A Texas federal judge has barred the Defense Department from penalizing 35 Navy SEALs who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on religious grounds.

US District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth granted a ​preliminary injunction Monday in the lawsuit filed against the Navy and the Pentagon on behalf of the group of Christian active-duty special operations members.

O’Connor noted that the SEALs contended that the military’s vaccine policy “violates their religious freedoms under the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

The judge, appointed by President George W. Bush, further noted that the Navy has not granted any religious exemptions to any vaccine and “merely rubber stamps each denial.”

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