Judge Blocks Pentagon From Using ‘Adverse Action’ Against Sailors Refusing Covid Vaccine

David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge gave the military a major win when he blocked the Pentagon from punishing any Navy sailors who refused to receive the Covid-19 vaccine for religious reasons.

The Hill reports:

A group of 35 Navy Special Warfare service members — including SEALs, special warfare combatant craft crewmen,  divers and an explosive ordnance disposal technician — filed a lawsuit challenging the Navy’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Nov. 9, contending that the Navy’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate breached their religious freedom.

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas noted in his ruling that the Navy denied at least 29 of the 35 religious accommodation requests. He said of the religious accommodation process, “by all accounts, it is theater,” adding that the branch “merely rubber stamps each denial.”

“Our nation asks the men and women in our military to serve, suffer, and sacrifice. But we do not ask them to lay aside their citizenry and give up the very rights they have sworn to protect,” wrote O’Connor, who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush.

“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,” he added.

The Pentagon said it is studying the ruling and that the matter “will require litigation.”



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Janine
Janine
19 days ago

Biden, old sick Man must resign to save our country . USA cant afford another month let alone another year of his disester !!!!

John Grychak
John Grychak
19 days ago

WE HAVE MANY/MANY ROUGE JUDGES WITH ANTI-AMERICANISM SHOWING DAILY, WHY ARE THESE KIND OF PEOPLE AGAINST AMERICAS. WHY ARE SO MANY “UNDESIRABLES” LEFT IN OFFICE TO WREAK HAVOC TIME AND TIME AGAIN, TO AMERICANS? ARE 99% OF THE CONGRESS WEAK MINDLESS TWITS?

Micala
Micala
19 days ago
Reply to  John Grychak

Our general public has been DUMBED DOWN SO RADICALLY THAT THEY HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO DISCERN BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG OR GOOD AND BAD!

The dumbing down of our public began during the 80’s and only got stronger in the millennium!! Leftist teachers were teaching POLITICAL Agendas instead of life and survival skills for our youth! I know because I was teaching high school then and watched what many teachers were doing to their students. Not only that, but if a kid couldn’t pass a class, those teachers would just pass them on anyway to the next grade! THEY DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THEM! That was a student that couldn’t do Simple math, construct a sentence or spell a word. That kid had NO SKILLS TO SURVIVE IN OUR WORLD! And that became the norm with troubled students.

Many of those teachers are still teaching our youth today and as a result, we have a more ignorant and incompetent public than ever before!

Our Public Schools MUST BE PURGED OF ANY OF THOSE LEFTIST IRRESPONSIBLE TEACHERS AND REPLACED WITH TEACHERS WHO TEACH GOOD STRONG INTELLIGENT SURVIVAL SKILLS OF READING, MATH, SPELLING AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND HISTORY!!

Our Youth knows nothing about how America came to be — they need to know so when clueless idiot democrats try to destroy our laws, our kids will understand what is happening and fight back!!

Parents of today are NOT as smart, so Grandparents MUST STEP UP AND FILL IN THE GAPS WITH OUR YOUTH AND YOUNG PARENTS IF AMERICA IS TO SURVIVE AND BE STRONG AGAIN!

Azbill17
Azbill17
18 days ago
Reply to  Micala

It started way before the 80’s, I saw it in the 60’s and 70’s It just became more apparent in the 80’s.

Festus
Festus
19 days ago

A win for America! If the military cannot take away constitutional rights, it will not be able to use the armed forces against the armed citizens.

BTeboe
BTeboe
19 days ago

The DOD just can’t seem to get over the fact that we are not country with a dictator, but a country with a Constitution, which by the way they all took an oath to protect and defend. There is nothing to be litigated. I do believe that the military is being decimated with this unlawful and unConstitutional edict. People who are vaccinated are dying with ‘breakthrough’ infections. There is another agenda at work here. Supreme Court needs to step up to the plate quickly.

Gary Von Neida
Gary Von Neida
19 days ago
Reply to  BTeboe

All part of the communists plan to destroy America from WITHIN.

Adjunct George
Adjunct George
19 days ago
Reply to  BTeboe

It is not DoD. It is the woke officers who were promoted by President Obama and Biden to the General Officer rank. We have a generation of leftist politicians who are only worried about their next promotion running the military. General Patton would never have been promoted under the current promotion systems. We need a thorough overhaul of the 2,3, and 4 star military ranks. A vet.

Grace
Grace
19 days ago

Time to close that eight sided monstrous and retire the decaying bodies that are running America to ruin. What leaders in their right mind would dismiss their armed services over a mask mandate from a senile old fool with revenge in his heart against his people? With Russia, China and Islam breathing down our backs and rattling their sabers we had best wake up right now. When I look at Milley and Austin and realize they are what stands between America and annihilation I cringe..

twm
twm
19 days ago
Reply to  Grace

Agree, same sentiment regarding the criminal FBI.

Zach
Zach
19 days ago

You can bet Brandon will find an appeals court that will overturn the lower court.

moody1
moody1
19 days ago

Yes! Screw fauci and biteme

Nita
19 days ago
Reply to  moody1

Or he may just ignore the ruling, too many in Washington think
they are obove the law, including Austin and Milley. God help Us.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
19 days ago

Our nation is being consumed by litigation, appeals stacked on appeals. The hell of it is the decision rightly belongs to the ultimate victim.

typicalwhiteguy
typicalwhiteguy
19 days ago

Keep the Seals and all the other soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen that don’t want to take the poison and arrest the SecDef and the entire joint chiefs of staff and prosecute them for violating their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution.
FJB

Micala
Micala
19 days ago

GET THOSE FOOLS OUT OF THE PENTAGON!! They may know warfare, but they are dumber than dirt on our U.S. Constitution and American’s Freedom of Choice! Get them educated on that OR GET THEM OUT OF OUR PENTAGON! GO!

Not only are those Pentagon Fools endangering our SAILORS, AIRMEN, FOOT SOLDIERS AND MARINES, but they are ignoring the ALREADY many deaths of young military from those highly dangerous and gene manipulating VAXXES — AND PUSHING THOSE DEAD ASIDE AS NO CONSEQUENCE!! Wrong on all levels!

What has happened to those FOOL’S brains! Have they been drinking Biden’s brain killing Kool Aid?? Are they now the enemy of American Military everywhere?? THEY SURELY ARE NOT THE HEROES OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN!

A HUGE “THANK YOU” to that District Court for slapping those responsible in the Pentagon for trying to KILL OUR YOUNG MILITARY!! BUT THE COURT NEEDS TO BE READY. People in power who have foolish minds seem to keep trying to push a point that has long been dead and mute — it’s a “brain strain” and they usually end up in a straight jacket babbling to themselves about little green men, etc. Unfortunately for them, there really are little gray men, but that’s for another blog!

Nita
19 days ago

Is the goal to make every part of our government weaker?
If so looks like it is working. Who are we going to surrender
to? China?CCP?

Gary Von Neida
Gary Von Neida
19 days ago

Good Judge with “common sense” America is not yet a full blown communist state.

Frances Weingarten
Frances Weingarten
19 days ago

It was well that the Pentagon refused to allow adverse action against sailors that refused Covid Vaccine! The sailors had every right to protest against those who were trying to force them to use Covid Vaccine! These are intelligent people who have the right to make their own decisions and one can only be pleased that they were allowed to continue to do what they themselves consider necessary!

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