CFFS Demands Religious Liberty for Unvaccinated Marines as Corps Begins ‘Political Purge’
Zero exemptions granted as over 8,000 marines resist DOD Covid vaxx mandate
More than 200 U.S. Marines have been officially discharged from the Corps since a November 28, 2021 deadline for all service members to receive Covid-19 shots, often mistakenly referred to as vaccinations. The discharged Marines are the first of an estimated 8,000 to have refused or requested exemptions from the experimental drugs mandated by the federal government, and several of America’s “best and brightest” believe they are victims of a political purge.
Active-duty members of the Marine Corps were required to fully comply with the order to receive a full round of shots or to request an official exemption by Nov. 28. Marine Corps spokesman Captain Andrew Wood announced that 3,192 requests had been made for religious accommodations, and that zero requests had been approved. According to the Marine Corps Times, the corps has not granted a single religious exemption for a ‘vaccine’ in the past decade.
Citizens for Free Speech (CFFS) Executive Director Patrick Wood said this revelation is both unconstitutional and unacceptable.
“The Marine Corps is required to consider every application for religious exemption to a mandate on an individual basis,” Wood argued, “and the fact that they have not granted a single exemption makes it painfully clear that they are issuing blanket denials. They are not interested in the religious beliefs of the applicants, and that makes this a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of these American heroes. This cannot be tolerated.”
Several Marines have been vocal about their dismissal from the Corps, with one lieutenant colonel telling Fox News that the Pentagon was discharging members “as fast as they can and as brutally as they can, damaging every Marine as much as they can on the way out.”
The officer stated that military leadership is making it virtually impossible for people of faith to serve their country.
“Do I want to continue serving in an institution,” the officer asked, “that crushes people for bringing up reasonable points in defending their faith?”
It’s a question that Wood believes should never have to be asked.
“The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to the free exercise of their religion, and for a government body to strip that right away from an average American civilian would be bad enough,” he said. “But for the United States Pentagon to be willing to weaken American security by discharging over 8,000 willing defenders from the Marine Corps by denying them their religious rights? It’s unfathomable.”
Wood is calling upon tens of thousands of CFFS members to make their voices heard in defense of the discharged marines.
“We want CFFS members in all 50 states, along with all patriots interested in defending the First Amendment, to contact their respective members of congress and demand legislation requiring the Pentagon to give individual consideration to applications for religious exemptions for all military personnel. These are the people who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Now is the time for us to help protect theirs.”
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