Federal judge blocks Biden’s Pentagon vaccine warrant across Navy

A federal district court on Monday granted a motion that would treat all sailors with religious objections to Biden’s Pentagon vaccine mandate as a single class in a lawsuit filed against the agency by First Liberty on behalf of 35 Navy SEALs.

Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that the 35 Navy SEALs suing the Department of Defense for violating their religious freedoms will be considered representatives of all sailors with religious objections to the vaccine mandate.

This effectively means that in addition to SEALs, whose case is still in litigation and are therefore exempt from separation from the Navy, the DOD cannot separate any sailor with a religious objection to the vaccine mandate while the case is in process. courses, possibly numbering nearly 4,000.

The federal court previously barred the Pentagon from taking action against Navy SEALs in making deployment, assignment and other operations decisions, but the Supreme Court lifted that injunction last week in a setback for the SEALs. However, the Navy still cannot unload them.

O’Connor said in his decision:

The Court also GRANTS Plaintiffs’ motion for a class-wide preliminary injunction, but immediately RESTS the injunction “to the extent that it precludes the Navy from considering Respondents’ immunization status during deployment, allocation and other operational decisions.

O’Conner’s latest decision will likely be appealed by the Pentagon, and after the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals, the case could end up back in the Supreme Court.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in August 2021 ordered that all service members be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine.

However, 16,000 or more service members refused or requested an exemption. Service members could apply for permanent or temporary exemptions for medical reasons, administrative reasons such as impending separation from the military, or religious exemptions.

So far, out of thousands of requests for religious exemptions, the military has granted about two dozen. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) found that three cases he inquired about were only granted because service members were already leaving the military.

The military services have now separated more than 1,500 service members for non-compliance with the vaccination mandate, and there are thousands more awaiting separation or a decision on their exemption requests, as previously reported by Breitbart News.

The case is US Navy SEALs 1-26 vs. BidenNo. 4:21-cv-01236-O in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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