WASHINGTON, March 26 – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from President Joe Biden’s management to allow the Navy to step down and send SEALs and other special personnel who have refused COVID-19 vaccination because of religious opposition.
The court suspended part of a state judge’s decision stating that 26 members of the elite Navy SEALs and nine other members of the special forces are entitled to religious freedom by vaccination requirement under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects free use. religion, and a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“In this case, the district court, although undoubtedly well-intentioned, placed itself on the list of Navy commanders, violating the military jurisdiction of military commanders,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in a similar vein.
The court – with 6-3 votes – is divided, with three judges following a set of rules that say they would deny the application.
In a negative light, Lawyer Samuel Alito said the court was “doing a great deal of injustice” to the Navy personnel “who appear to have been mistreated.”
Under one section of the decision of Texas-based U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor not to be affected by a Supreme Court action, service members could not be disciplined or released for refusing a policy.
In addition to the SEALs, the other nine plaintiffs included professional naval crews, divers and bomb disposal experts.
On February 28, the 5th New Orleans Regional Court of Appeal dismissed a similar application from Biden officials.
Officials opposed Jan O’Connor’s decision. 3 in favor of the members of the service, in which the judge wrote that “their loss of religious freedom surpasses any future injury of the Navy.”