Image CreditU.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger The military is denying requests for religious exemptions because officials disagree with the theological views of service members.
Members of our military pledge their loyalty to the Constitution. Its First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. So, it would be perverse to force men and women in uniform to abandon their deeply held religious beliefs to serve their country.
Yet that’s what’s happening regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandates — for which the normal rules seem not to apply.
The Air Force recently discharged its first active-duty members for declining to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Those 27 are likely the first batch of many to be discharged on these grounds. Thousands of our servicemen and women have requested religious exemptions. So far , not one has been granted. A Direct Line from Abortion
Last September, an Air Force Academy graduate requested a religious exemption . As a Catholic, she objected to benefitting from vaccines developed or tested on cell lines derived from a procured abortion .
The reviewing chaplain denied her request. What’s troubling is that he did so on theological grounds. If this case were unique, we might not worry much about it. But this is just […]