The Epoch Times reports, on 29 October, that civilians and military personnel who have filed suit for religious exemptions from Pres. Biden’s vaccine mandates are now protected by a restraining order and temporary injunction issued on 28 October by federal District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Bill Clinton appointee.
The judge’s ruling prevents those plaintiffs from being fired or subject to discipline while their cases are pending or under appeal. The defendants, including all executive branch secretaries, have been ordered by the judge to issue memos indicating compliance with the ruling.
President Biden issued his executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all federal employees and contractors on 9 September. Twenty plaintiffs filed suit on behalf of themselves and the “hundreds of thousands of other federal employees and active-duty service members” who face termination, discharge or separation on or before 22 November if they remain unvaccinated.
TRENDPOST: In March, Trends Journal quoted a CNN report on vaccine resistance among military personnel: “Despite a massive effort by the Pentagon to promote the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the US military’s opt-out rate for vaccinations may be far higher than the 33 percent figure defense officials have used publicly…Conversations with military medical officials and service members, as well as data from several bases and units around the country, suggest the current rejection rate may be closer to 50%”; see “JAB UPDATE: BLOOD CLOTS & U.S. MILITARY RESISTANCE” (23 Mar 2021).
“Cavalier Attitude Toward the Rule of Law”
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Yoder, speaking after the judge’s ruling, declared that “the Biden administration has shown an unprecedented, cavalier attitude toward the rule of law and an utter ineptitude at basic constitutional contours.” He further called the mandate “dangerous to American liberty,” citing the Constitution’s protection against religious persecution and coercion.
Yoder further praised the judge’s ruling, declaring that “we are one step closer to putting the Biden administration back in its place by limiting government to its enumerated powers. It’s time citizens and courts said No to tyranny. The Constitution does not need to be re-written, it needs to be re-read.”
Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his state has filed a similar lawsuit against the same vaccine mandate. And the Biden administration has been warned by trade groups representing truckers and cargo carriers that the mandates would cause nationwide chaos by creating bottlenecks in the supply chain.
TREND FORECAST: Resistance to vax mandates will grow, in the form of legal challenges, strikes and demonstrations. The vax pushers will counter with more unconstitutional edicts and a ramped-up propaganda offensive.
TRENDPOST: As we have alerted Trends Journal subscribers, this year we formed The Universal Church of Freedom, Peace and Justice (www.FreedomPeaceJustice.com) and we are now offering a Religious Vaccination Exemption for all those who join the Church (click here).