The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an Air Force Reserve who was removed from command after refusing to take the COVID-19 shot.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Dunn was previously denied a religious exemption and removed from his post for refusing to be a lab rat.
Dunn filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court, arguing he “acquired natural immunity to the disease” after getting COVID-19 last summer, Fox News reported.
But in a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled against the lieutenant colonel.
Conservative justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas dissented from the majority opinion.
Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal justices and showed their support for medical discrimination.
By a 6–3 vote, the Supreme Court sides against a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve who refuses to get the COVID vaccine on religious grounds. Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch dissent.https://t.co/Ke2pQtCT3f pic.twitter.com/WXirK9Qt07
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From Fox News:
The Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal from a member of the Air Force Reserve who was punished over his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Dunn’s request for a religious exemption was previously rejected by the Air Force and he was removed from command after objecting to the vaccine.
Three conservative Justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch – would have granted the request to put Dunn’s punishment on hold while litigation continues.
The Pentagon rolled out its vaccine mandate for all service members last August, arguing that it’s necessary to maintain military readiness.
Lt. Col. Dunn, who has served in the Air Force since 2003, filed the emergency appeal with the Supreme Court on April 9, noting that he “acquired natural immunity to the disease” after contracting coronavirus last summer and “has sincere religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine”
The U.S. Supreme Court also on Monday refused to hear the COVID-19 jab mandate case for NYC teachers fired for refusing the experimental shot.