Two dozen military members, federal employees, and federal civilian contractors have joined in a massive class-action lawsuit against the Biden administration’s federal mandatory vaccine policy. The group includes members from all five branches of the US military, including Navy Seals, Green Berets, and several high-ranking officers.
The Liberty Council – a Christian legal firm – filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, on behalf of the 24 plaintiffs who oppose the vaccine because of their deeply held religious beliefs. So far, they have been “refused any religious exemption or accommodation” for the mandate.
“Plaintiffs have demonstrated their commitments to the United States Constitution and the Nation’s future comfort, security, and prosperity. This Court should demand that the Nation return the favor.
Telling Plaintiffs they must accept or receive a shot they oppose according to their sincerely held religious beliefs, or face court martial, dishonorable discharge, and other life altering disciplinary measures, disgraces the sacrifices these heroes have made.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Sleepy Joe Biden are all listed on the suit as defendants.
From The Epoch Times:
“The plaintiffs are asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order (pdf) to prevent the COVID-19 vaccine mandates from taking effect, and ultimately issue an injunction to prevent the Pentagon from enforcing the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Biden on Sept. 9 issued an executive order requiring almost all federal employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Regular testing isn’t an option. Civilian federal employees and contractors have until Nov. 22 to be fully vaccinated.”
The lawsuit argues that the federal vaccine mandate is unconstitutional because it directly violates the plaintiffs’ first amendment rights and, more specifically, their religious freedoms. As they point out, the three currently available vaccines were developed by using aborted fetal stem cells.
“Plaintiffs’ sincerely held religious beliefs preclude them from accepting any one of the three currently available COVID-19 vaccines derived from, produced or manufactured by, tested on, developed with, or otherwise connected to aborted fetal cell lines.
Plaintiffs’ religious beliefs compel them to not condone, support, justify, or benefit (directly or indirectly) from the taking of innocent human life via abortion, and that to do so is sinning against God.”
Despite Biden’s Department of Defense and the Pentagon’s claims that ‘exemptions’ are available, most of the 24 members of the lawsuit have already had their requests for religious exemption denied, while others have been threatened with “dishonorable discharge, court-martials, termination, or other life-altering disciplinary measures” for attempting to file for an exemption.
According to the lawsuit, some have even been told “there is no point in even making a request” because no exemptions will be given.
“Some of these Plaintiffs have been informed by their superiors that no religious exemption or accommodation will be given, so there is no point in even making a request.”
A US Navy spokesperson declined to comment when he was asked if ANY medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine had been approved, according to The Epoch Times.
In addition to its unconstitutionality and the fact that virtually no exemptions have been granted, the attorneys also argued that Biden’s vaccine mandate is unenforceable because the FDA has only issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine.
The lawsuit correctly points out that the fully approved ‘Comirnaty’ vaccine is not available in the United States and demands that the explicit statutory conditions for EUA are followed – which expressly states that people are free to accept or refuse the product until it is fully approved.
As of right now, the only available vaccine options that satisfy the mandate have not been fully approved by the FDA.
“Because all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are subject to the EUA Statute restrictions and limitations, all individuals—including military service members, federal employees, and federal civilian contractors—have the explicit right under the EUA Statute to accept or refuse administration of the products.”
It only takes one case to set the precedent against these unconstitutional vaccine mandates.