Several members of the U.S. Marine Corps filed an amended complaint seeking relief from the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for service members, claiming they were denied religious exemptions.
The complaint was filed (pdf) in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida against the Defense Department, Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Gen. David H. Berger, the head of the Marine Corps.
“The plaintiffs are Marines who face a deadline to receive an injection that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs since all of the COVID shots are associated with aborted fetal cells,” said a news release from Liberty Counsel, which filed the claim on 15 Marines’ behalf.
Those Marines, the release added, “have been refused any religious exemption or accommodation,” although the deadline to receive the vaccine has long passed. “These dates have passed, and disciplinary actions have already commenced,” it said.
Now, the Marines are seeking relief to prevent them from facing court-martials, dishonorable discharges, or other demeaning measures, according to the group.
“As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we must continue to fight for the freedom of those who protect us every day. No service member should be forced to choose between serving God and serving country,” Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said in a statement. “The Department of Defense continues to violate the law and ignore their religious freedom. This lawlessness must end.”
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February 15, 2022
“Why would we even vaccinate a military that only had 20 deaths from COVID? Why would we take that chance? Why are we vaccinating healthy pilots that have essentially zero risk of dying from COVID?” asked Merritt, who completed an orthopedic surgery residency in the U.S. Navy and served as a Navy physician and surgeon.
“What’s really going on here? Why would we hide it in the database? Why would we not point out that we are the military that’s vaccinating our people with this RNA technology, but not the Chinese? The Chinese military isn’t doing this and nor [are] the Russians. So is this a military takedown?” added Meritt, who took note of the military-wide epidemiologic database that showed the rate of cancer and neurologic complications or neurologic diseases going up by 300 and 1,000 percent, respectively. (Related: Cover up: DOD silent after whistleblowers expose COVID ‘vaccine’ injuries in military)”