Federal Court Stays Vaccine Mandate for Navy Seals

Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is not only unconstitutional but is also threatening our national security as members of our fine military are being forced to get the jab or face being fired.

Here’s what you need to know: last November, 35 United States Navy Seals sued Mr. Biden over his vaccine mandate for active duty servicemembers. These Navy Seals were informed they could face court-martial or involuntary separation if they don’t receive the vaccine while arguing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment protect their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Shockingly, the Biden administration has not granted a single religious exemption from the vaccine mandate proving he does not care about religious freedom. Forcing a service member to choose between their God and defending our freedoms is appalling. Now their careers, families and financial security is being harmed simply for freely exercising their religious liberties.

In response, I joined a group of conservative lawmakers in submitting an amicus brief in federal district court in support of the Navy Seals in the case U.S. Navy Seals v. Biden. I am very pleased to announce that this week the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued the preliminary injunction, halting the Biden administration from punishing military service members who have religious objections to the vaccine mandate.

In his order, Judge Reed O’Connor said, “The Navy servicemembers in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. 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.”

Well said, Judge O’Connor! I could not agree more.

This is a big win for religious and medical freedoms and our country’s national security.

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