President Joe Biden and his administration seem bent on punishing anyone — including active-duty U.S. troops — who file for religious exemptions to avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, his administration was dealt a noteworthy blow last week, as according to The Daily Wire, a federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on the Biden administration that prevents federal workers, including U.S. troops, from being fired while they wait for the results of their religious exemption requests.
The restraining order came about after a group of federal employees filed suit, in a case known as Church v. Biden.
Fed judge intervenes
As legal battles to block vaccine mandates unfold across the country, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Bill Clinton appointee, handed the plaintiffs in this particular case a huge, if temporary, legal victory.
“None of the civilian employee plaintiffs will be subject to discipline while his or her request for a religious exception is pending,” Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her decision.
In addition, U.S. military members who have filed religious exemption waivers that were denied also received help from the federal bench, as the judge added, “active duty military plaintiffs, whose religious exception requests have been denied, will not be disciplined or separated during the pendency of their appeals.”
The judge’s ruling was widely celebrated on social media, including a message from Jenna Ellis, an attorney who was deeply involved in attempting to overturn the 2020 election results in the fallout from last year’s election chaos.
BREAKING: @Yoder_Esq with a HUGE WIN in Church v. Biden.
(Yes, that’s the actual case caption. For those playing along, 1:21-cv-2815)
This is an amazing development from the DC District Court in the stand for OUR RIGHTS against the unconstitutional vaccine mandates. pic.twitter.com/kWus7XQ4pp
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 28, 2021
Yoder’s not playing
Mike Yoder, the attorney representing the aforementioned plaintiffs, took a stand against Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates less than 24 hours after they were first announced.
“I will be immediately filing suit against @JoeBiden regarding his overbroad & unconstitutional vaccine mandate. Your executive order may not be about freedom, but this lawsuit sure as hell is,” Yoder tweeted in September, a promise he fulfilled.
“Under Biden, exercising your religious freedoms will get your fired, for cause and you lose your benefits,” Yoder added. “But if you perjure yourself like FBI’s Andy McCabe, you’ll get a pension, $200,000 in backpay, & $500,000 worth of attorneys fees.”
The attorney’s win marks a critical victory for those who choose to take a stand against Biden’s unconstitutional vaccination mandates. Hopefully, more attorneys will follow suit, so to speak.