Court Sends Shots Over Biden's Bow

Nov 24, 2021

A federal court delivered two shots over Joe Biden’s bow on Monday. I want to share this recent development as we continue to work to free our military members, federal employees and civilian contractors from Biden’s unlawful mandates. Read on. — Mat

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On Monday, while the federal judge in our case, Navy SEAL 1 v. Biden, withheld the injunction, his order sent two shots over Biden’s bow.

Regarding federal employees and civilian contractors, the judge stated the mandates “expressly require religious exemption.” Employees who work for the federal government and those who work with private employers under a federal contract have the RIGHT to submit a request for religious exemption. These exemptions must be carefully and lawfully considered.

But that’s not all ...

In a previous hearing, the judge ordered the military to produce documentation on all religious exemption requests from service members. The documentation supplied revealed that the military did not grant ANY of the 16,643 religious exemption requests!

While this alone should have been enough to issue an injunction, the judge has now ordered each branch to file a detailed report every 14 days beginning January 7. If the next report is like the first one, the judge will, no doubt, order the military and the Biden Department of Justice to honor the religious exemption requests.

In court, we argued that the military’s ongoing obfuscation is a ruse designed to hide the unlawful denial of service members’ rights protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The judge stated that our claim was “quite plausible,” before putting the screws to the Biden administration.

The judge’s order specifically noted, “a person’s right to religious liberty [is] protected in the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution and the explicit implementing commands of RFRA.” He then ordered the military to report to the court every 14 days on the status of every one of the religious exemption requests of service members.

I believe this is a very positive sign for our case and clients!

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The military service branches must make their biweekly report to the court beginning January 7. The judge chose this date because the Department of Defense assured the court that no adverse action would be taken against anyone who has a pending religious exemption request until all appeals are exhausted.

Joe Biden’s military has two choices now:

  • Grant religious exemptions to service members, or
  • Admit to the courts every two weeks that they remain in violation of federal law by continuing to unlawfully deny armed forces members their RFRA right to refuse the COVID jabs. In this case, the judge will ORDER the military to abide by federal law and honor the religious exemption requests.

Either way, the result will be that military members will receive religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate.

The Biden DOD can no longer hide in the dark and abuse our military heroes. What was done in secret is now being revealed.

We will see on January 7 which option Biden chooses, when the administration is forced to deliver the next report. Please be in prayer for a positive result as we continue litigating this behemoth of a case.

Please also be in prayer for the service members awaiting their fate. Our clients, some with well over 20 years in service, are being told they will not be allowed to retire without the shots.

Some of our other clients have been told they will be dishonorably discharged. Yet others have been told they will have to pay the cost of education, training and even their ticket home from remote military bases.

The lives and livelihoods of our clients and thousands of military members hang in the balance. Please pray for them!

Please pray also for the tens of thousands of others we represent in our other COVID shot mandate cases, including the health care workers and employers in our lawsuits against the governors of New York and Maine, as well as those unlawfully terminated—right before the holidays—by NorthShore University HealthSystem of Illinois, and of course, our ongoing work with the 35,000+ passenger and cargo transportation employees.

Biden’s insane and unlawful COVID shot orders have made for an intensely busy year defending religious freedom. That’s why I am so very thankful for this new Matching Gift opportunity. A Christian organization will match, dollar for dollar, every single gift up to 500,000 dollars between now and December 31! This matching gift campaign could not come at a better time.


Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel


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