Navy SEALs Victorious for God and Country

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Posted: Jan 07, 2022 12:01 AM

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Dulles, Virginia – A federal courthouse is not typically the terrain on which Navy SEALs fight on behalf of their fellow Americans, but this week it proved to be a decisive venue for them. 

On January 3, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued an injunction against the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Navy, barring them from taking adverse action against 35 servicemembers who sought a religious exemption from DoD’s vaccine mandate. The group includes Navy SEALs and other members of the Navy Special Warfare Command who hold strong religious convictions preventing them from taking the vaccine while remaining true to their faith.  

The troops brough suit under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion clause. Among other reasons, they cited objection to vaccines developed with aborted fetal cells and the preservation of bodily integrity. The judge did not disappoint. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic,” Judge Reed O’Connor instructed, “provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There

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