A federal judge in Georgia granted an order to temporarily block the vaccine mandate on February 15th in support of an Air Force officer whose request for a religious exemption to vaccination was denied. In fact, the judge noted, calling it an “abysmal record,” that the Air Force had not granted ANY religious exemptions to anyone.
U.S. District Court Judge Tilman Self III said in the order, “Although the Air Force claims to provide a religious accommodation process, it proved to be nothing more than a quixotic quest for Plaintiff because it was by all accounts theater.” He then noted, “But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”
“The Court GRANTS Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Defendants are enjoined from enforcing the Department of Defense Military Mandate, the Air Force Military Mandate, and the Air Force Military Order against Plaintiff. Defendants are also enjoined from taking any adverse action against Plaintiff on the basis of this lawsuit or her request for religious accommodation, specifically including forcing her to retire. Finally, Plaintiff is relieved from posting any bond.”