A federal judge in Texas grants a preliminary injunction stopping the US Navy from taking action against 35 sailors who refuse to get vaccinated against covid 19. The 35 sailors refuse on religious grounds.
The injunction is a new challenge to defense secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to make vaccinations mandatory for all members of the military.
Federal judge Reed O’Connor writes that the Navy’s process for considering a sailor’s request for a religious exemption is flawed and amounts to theater.
O’Connor was appointed federal judge by president George W. Bush.
The judge says the 35 sailors have a right to refuse a vaccination order on religious grounds.
He writes and I quote;
“The navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect.”
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