Following a Texas Judge stopping the prosecution of soldiers for not getting vaccinated, another judge, this one in Florida, has also stopped the prosection of two soldiers that refused to get the vaccine for religious reasons.
In a stinging rebuke of the military’s handling of the mandatory COVID vaccine enforcement policy, a federal district court judge in Florida has issued a temporary order preventing disciplinary action against two officers who refused the vaccine on religious grounds.
“The military is well aware of the frailty of their arguments in defense of their practices,” federal District Court Judge Steven Merryday ruled in a court order. “The record creates a strong inference that the services are discriminatorily and systematically denying religious exemptions without a meaningful and fair hearing.”
The order, which is in place until Friday, is the latest ruling temporarily barring the military from punishing troops over their refusal to get the COVID vaccine. In a separate case, a Texas judge in January ordered a temporary injunction against the punishment of a group of Navy SEALs, the Washington Post reported.