Federal Judge Sides With Navy SEALS in Vaccine Challenge

On Monday, a federal judge blocked the Pentagon from taking “any adverse action” against Navy sailors claiming a religious exemption from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Background: In November, a group of 35 Navy sailors filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate arguing the order violated their right to religious freedom.

The mandate required all active-duty servicemen to be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or be discharged from the Navy.

What Happened: Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas sided with the group of Navy Special Warfare service members. In his ruling, O’Connor noted that the Pentagon rejected at least 29 of the 35 requests for a religious exemption, claiming the branch “merely rubber stamps each denial.”

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