The Navy reported on Feb. 9 that 240 sailors had been discharged for refusing to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
All except one of them who were released were on active duty.
Twenty-two of them were discharged during their initial training periods or within the first 180 days of active duty.
Active-duty sailors must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 28, 2021, according to the Navy. Reserve forces had until December 28, 2021 to complete their mission. In January, the Navy began releasing sailors.
Some sailors have been waiting for judgments on requests for religious or medical exemptions from the rule.
Despite receiving 3,348 religious exemption requests from active-duty troops alone, the Navy has yet to issue a single religious exception. Ten permanent medical exemptions, 250 interim medical exemptions, and 50 administrative exemptions have been issued by officials.
As of Feb. 9, 8,329 sailors, or around 2.4 percent of the force, were still unvaccinated.
Military lawyers claim the Navy discriminates against religious sailors, and in January, a federal judge agreed, ordering the branch to stop retaliating against a group of 35 service members who sued over the demand.
“The Navy provides a religious accommodation process, but by all accounts, it is theater. The Navy has not granted a religious exemption to any vaccine in recent memory.” In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush nominee, stated, “It simply rubber stamps each denial.”
Military authorities say that judges shouldn’t have authority over the military’s health and readiness regulations, and that plaintiffs haven’t exhausted all options, which O’Connor and at least one other judge have dismissed.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate was implemented in August 2021 by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a Biden nominee. In a memorandum, he argued that vaccination restrictions were “essential to safeguard the military and defend the American people.”
Only the Air Force and the Marine Corps have granted religious exemption requests. On Feb. 8, the Air Force announced that it had authorized nine such petitions out of more than 5,700 received. Three have been bestowed by the Marine Corps. The Army and the Coast Guard, in addition to the Navy, have not issued any.
Chaplains decided that many of the rejected warriors had real faith. In a previous interview with The Epoch Times, Jay Richards, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said that the revelation “confirms what many of us suspected, which is that the procedure for service members to submit religious exemption requests is basically bogus.”
Military officials have defended their handling of exemption petitions and show no signs of softening the mandate, despite the fact that the vaccines provide less protection against the CCP virus’s Omicron variant. Booster shots, on the other hand, are not required by the military.
When they’re eligible, everyone 12 and older should get a booster to enhance protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to US health officials.
A political purge is the perfect way to describe what were seeing happen to these service members. Many of whom won’t know where to turn for employment considering the instability of the job market for unvaccinated individuals. Many service members are likely to wake up to the political and spiritual warfare being waged over their heads. In light of such polarization, many will be inclined to recluse and search for answers for themselves. Does that make an individual crazy? Not for the roughly 50% of the unvaccinated American population.
The internet has proved to be a place in which you can tune into various frequencies in search of a perspective that best fits your narrative. I could make up an argument on the fly and back it up with facts and statistics pertaining to my argument. With that being said, the news about COVID-19 is terrifyingly polarizing. There is a spectrum, by which all narratives of the COVID-19 agenda are carefully presented to anyone conducting research. The opposing sides of the spectrum are those who are sold on the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who aren’t sold at all.
But it becomes extremely important that we listen to our gut, when we notice that someone is eyeballing something that rightfully belongs to you. Our civil liberties are merely gods gift to man interpreted by men of power. No man, woman, government, organization, forum, or anything will prosper as a weapon against God. With that being said, when our God given rights are at stake, it is probably best to question the integrity of those who propose the removal of such rights. In summary, if you’re not a “conspiracy theorist” you probably aren’t asking very many questions about the world around you.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
During a weeks-long impasse between Moscow and Washington, a key White House advisor claimed on Feb. 6 that Russia may attack Ukraine “at any point now.”
“It could happen as soon as tomorrow or it could take some weeks yet,” Jake Sullivan, the Biden administration’s national security adviser, told ABC News. “With military deployments, Russian President Vladimir Putin has put himself in a position with military deployments to be able to act aggressively against Ukraine at any time now.” he stated.
“We believe that there is a very distinct possibility that Vladimir Putin will order an attack on Ukraine. It could take a number of different forms. It could happen as soon as tomorrow or it could take some weeks yet, ” Sullivan said, emphasizing that the US is still trying to seek a diplomatic solution.
In recent weeks, Russia has deployed a substantial number of troops at the Russia–Ukraine border. In addition, troops have been sent in Belarus, which is close by.
Sullivan stressed during his appearance on ABC News that US military personnel recently deployed to Europe are not intended to engage Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
When Sullivan spoke on a trio of talk shows on Feb. 6, he didn’t explicitly answer claims that the White House has told lawmakers that a full Russian invasion may result in the swift takeover of Kyiv and as many as 50,000 dead.
Meanwhile, U.S. troops and equipment arrived in southeastern Poland near the Ukrainian border on February 6, after Biden’s instructions to deploy 1,700 troops there amid fears of a Russian attack. Hundreds more 82nd Airborne Division infantry men are anticipated to arrive at the Rzeszow-Jasionka airport.
“have been sent to defend NATO territory because we have a sacred obligation under Article 5 to defend our NATO allies and to send a clear message to Russia, that if it tries to take any military action or aggression against our NATO allies, it will be met with a stiff response, including by the U.S. forces who are on the ground there now,” Sullivan informed ABC.
A few dozen personnel and vehicles were transported by a US Army Boeing C-17 Globemaster plane.
Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, who was the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan on Aug. 30 after a widely criticized evacuation strategy as Taliban fighters quickly gained control of the country and its capital, Kabul, is their commander.
“Our national contribution here in Poland shows our solidarity with all of our allies here in Europe and, obviously, during this period of uncertainty we know that we are stronger together,” Donahue stated the airport over the weekend.
If tensions with the US over Ukraine continue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led discussions with US officials in Geneva on Jan. 10, said he couldn’t “confirm nor exclude” the potential of a Russian military build-up within the borders of Cuba and Venezuela.
Ryabkov’s statement adds to existing tensions with the West over Russian forces stationed near the Ukraine border, which triggered a high-stakes summit with NATO on Jan. 12 in Vienna.
Putin’s government asked that NATO’s expansion be halted, which the US and its Western partners swiftly rejected.
“It all depends on the actions by our U.S. counterparts,” Ryabkov said in a tv interview, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that Moscow was willing to take countermeasures if the US challenged the Kremlin and increased military pressure.
“We are not going to respond to bluster,” a State Department spokeswoman told The Epoch Times. We would deal with Russia decisively if it started moving in that direction.”
The failure to accept the essential Russian demand for guarantees against the US and its allies moving into Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, according to Ryabkov, makes it difficult to address subjects such as arms limitation and creating trust between nations.
In June 2021, in the face of “external threats,” Russia reaffirmed its support for its Latin American friends, with a special focus on Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
All three of the countries named are ruled by long-serving dictators.
Since 2006, while dictator Hugo Chavez was in power, Russia has been one of Venezuela’s closest allies. The latter agreed to a $2.9 billion weaponry agreement with Russia in exchange for access to Venezuela’s vast oil reserves.
Venezuela’s dictator Nicolas Maduro’s continuing control is made feasible, in part, by the country’s strategic relationship with Putin’s administration.
Russia has also functioned as a lender of last resort for the debt-ridden country, as well as providing military support to Maduro’s dictatorship.
And Russia remains one of Cuba’s staunchest sponsors. Following meetings on the island nation in 2018, the two countries committed to strengthen “strategic” ties.
Then, in October 2021, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, stated that the two countries would continue to cooperate on increasing their economic ties.
During the famous Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s, when Soviet Union missiles arrived in Cuba and the US retaliated with a naval blockade, the politically troubled island nation played a vital role between the US and Russia.
President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reached an agreement in which Moscow agreed to remove the weapons in exchange for a promise from Washington not to invade Cuba and to remove its missiles from Turkey.
Ryabkov compared the present tensions over Ukraine to the Cuban Missile Crisis in December 2021.
If Russia decides to deploy soldiers in Cuba or Venezuela, it will be the country’s first major military presence in the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War ended.
Conveniently enough America is far too divided to fight for a common cause. Nor does the American public seek to get to the bottom of the tensions caused by NATO expansion. Paralyzed with ignorance, America can only joke about the tensions instead of taking action. That can be attributed to the deafening static that is plandemic propaganda. No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.