Although I applaud these lawmakers, this entire situation is disgusting.
SEALs are some of the most highly trained soldiers in the world, some might say the most highly trained fighting force in the world.
They serve their country with honor and distinction, and the idea of forcing them to take an unnecessary vaccine or face discharge from the armed forces is awful.
That being said, 47 lawmakers have filed a brief in support of a group of SEALs facing discharge because their religious exemption to the vaccine mandate has not been honored by the state.
We don’t yet know if this brief will accomplish anything, but it’s nice to see political support for our elite warriors.
Here’s more on the story:
Navy Seals have filed suit against Biden's mandates with the help of (47) R's
IT'S HAPPENING FOLKS
— Chicago1Ray 🇺🇸 (@Chicago1Ray) December 21, 2021
My colleagues and I filed an amicus brief in U.S. Navy Seals v. Biden in support of 26 service members with religious objections to Biden's vaccine mandate.
Religious freedom is fundamental to every American’s liberty.https://t.co/wlcpHoVLW9
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 20, 2021
Just The News quotes the lawmakers:
With President Joe Biden’s support, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced in August that all U.S. service members must take the COVID vaccine.
“…this appears to be an attempted ideological purge,” said Mike Berry, general counsel for First Liberty Institute, the legal group representing the plaintiffs. “After all these elite warriors have done to defend our freedoms, the Navy is now threatening their careers, families, and finances.”
The Navy SEALS like to say, "Under pressure we don't rise to the occasion, but rather sink to the level of our training."
When crisis hits or adversity comes our way, it highlights who we are and how we've prepared.
How we PREPARE TODAY will determine how we PERFORM TOMORROW. pic.twitter.com/vYhseXBx75
— Jamy Bechler (@CoachBechler) December 21, 2021
Meet the Lawmakers Who Are Defending Navy SEALs https://t.co/K3QLwsxug8
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 20, 2021
According to Fox News:
Cruz led seven of his Senate colleagues on the brief, which was also joined by 38 House Republicans led by House Republican Conference chair Mike Johnson of Louisiana.
The lawmakers wrote in support of the 26 Navy SEALs and other Naval service members, arguing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment protected their religious freedom rights to object to the Navy vaccine mandate.