Judge blocks Air Force from expelling members who refuse COVID shot

Members of the Air Force and Space Force, including the Air Force Reserve, who request a religious exemption from the experimental COVID-19 vaccine will temporarily not be subject to expulsion or any other adverse actions, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Potential recruits ‘left to wonder whether the priorities of the top brass are misplaced’

Art Moore
WND News Center

Members of the Air Force and Space Force, including the Air Force Reserve, who request a religious exemption from the experimental COVID-19 vaccine will temporarily not be subject to expulsion or any other adverse actions, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew McFarland of the Southern District of Ohio granted a 14-day injunction in the case of Doster v. Kendall, Just the News reported.

The government, according to the court order, now has seven days to explain “why this Court should not grant a class-wide preliminary injunction.”

“This is a huge victory for many of my Air Force clients. Another federal judge has found that ‘The facts show Defendants have engaged in a pattern of denying religious accommodation requests,'” said R. Davis Younts, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves and a Judge Advocate General’s Corps lawyer.

Younts is privately representing several military members seeking an exemption from the vaccines, which have not prevented infection, as promised, undercutting the rationale for requiring them as a condition for service.

The judge determined the service members faced a “violation of their constitutional freedom” by the Air Force’s “clear policy of discrimination against religious accommodation requests.”

“My clients and I are grateful for the attorneys working on this case and the efforts they have made for religious freedom in the military. While the current temporary restraining order is set to last for 14 days we anticipate that it will be extended,” Younts said.

Air Force Master Sgt. Nick Kupper, who faces expulsion after 19 years of service because he has not been vaccinated, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he is not alone.

“I’m just one of hundreds of thousands of [service members] who are being kicked out because we won’t take and illegal, emergency-use vaccine,” he said.

“That hurts people,” Carlson interjected, “and doesn’t protect you from COVID.”

Kupper noted the Department of Defense, according to its own numbers, has seen a threefold increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths on a monthly basis since the mandate.

Meanwhile, military recruiting is down sharply. With just three months remaining in the fiscal year, the Army has met only 40% of its recruitment goal.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., told National Review he believes the problem is largely political.

“The Biden administration’s military Covid-19 vaccine mandate is a primary cause of recruitment problems, but it’s a symptom of a bigger issue: the politicization of our military,” he said.

“Potential recruits look at the Pentagon’s focus on social issues – while glaring errors are being made, such as the failed withdrawal in Afghanistan – and they are understandably left to wonder whether the priorities of the top brass are misplaced.”


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John Smith
John Smith
6 months ago

The same losers that want to uphold this mandatory experimental clot shot are the same losers that scream ‘My body My choice, right?

Wolfie
Wolfie
6 months ago
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Yes.

MetaWorld2
MetaWorld2
6 months ago

Everyone, especially those in high positions of The Land; need to seriously STOP this madness! We have become a country, SATURATED with litigation; simply to defend the personal FREEDOMS our forefathers fought for, and were etched in Our Constitution decades ago!

Sylvia
Sylvia
6 months ago

People living in a truly democratic country have the right to decide what goes in their body. This is but one of the many rights protected under our Constitution. Why do we have to fight for what is our inherent right? Sadly, we do, and increasingly so.
Yet, the US government is criticizing other countries for having an autocratic political system! Time to look inward Mr President, admit that US has become more divisive than ever before, that US has a myriad of chronic internal problems that are left unaddressed and hence become rampant. Be honest about it, and stop trying to cover up rotting internal issues by diverting our attention toward ‘enemy’ countries. They are sovereign countries, ie not under US rule, and many of them have great leadership – eg there have not been any shootings of school children and other innocent people! How does US really measure up?!?

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