A group of about 35 U.S. Navy personnel, including 26 Navy SEALs, have filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the U.S. Department of Defense over the military’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas names President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, the U.S. Defense Department, and Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro as defendants.
In addition to the 26 Navy SEALs, plaintiffs also include five U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen, three U.S. Navy Divers and one U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.
The complaint argues that the Navy fails to provide an adequate exemption to the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for those with sincerely held religious objections.
“Multiple Plaintiffs hold the sincere religious belief that all life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and that abortion is the impermissible taking of an innocent life in the womb,” the legal filing argues.
“As a result of their sincerely held religious beliefs regarding life and abortion, multiple Plaintiffs are unable to receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines due to what they believe and understand is a connection between these vaccines and their testing, development, or production using aborted fetal cell lines.”
The complaint quoted a Navy spokesperson who stated last month that while the military branch was processing multiple religious exemption requests, it has yet to approve any….
“When at least one Plaintiff told his command that he would be requesting a religious
accommodation, he was ordered to remove his special warfare device pin from his uniform. Other Plaintiffs have been threatened with the same adverse treatment.”
….In October, Roman Catholic Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy Broglio defended those who object to the fact that vaccines use aborted fetal cell lines in their testing or development. He argued that “no one should be forced to receive a Covid-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience….”
The above comes from a Nov. 10 story in the Christian Post.