Cracks are appearing in the once-terrifying facade of the COVID pandemic, the media- and government-fed “crisis” that continues to reshape history and life in the United States and the world.
Initial fears of a plague that would wipe out hundreds of millions have turned into more justified fears that it will wipe out guaranteed rights instead.
However, an Air Force officer was just granted permission by a federal judge in Georgia to remain unvaccinated against the disease over the vaccine’s “connection to abortion,” making her the first member of the branch to be excused on religious grounds from the military-wide mandate.
One of the three government-approved vaccines – that developed by Johnson and Johnson – was created using fetal cell lines, but the vaccines themselves do not contain any aborted fetal cells or fetal tissue, reports DailyMail.com.
On Feb.15 U.S. District Court Judge Tillman E. Self III granted a preliminary injunction for the unnamed Air Force Reserve officer, according to court records obtained by DailyMail.com.
Based in Macon, Ga., Judge Self ruled that the Air Force had violated the officer’s First Amendment rights when the internal review process rejected her initial filing. She completed a religion-based waiver last year and appealed the Air Force’s December rejection of it. Self referred to the Air Force’s procedure to accept a low rate of religion-based vaccine exemptions as “illusory and insincere.”
The officer argues in the lawsuit that as a Christian she cannot be vaccinated, as she regards abortion as “a grave evil.”
The lawsuit also gave details on the officer’s “natural immunity.” She tested positive for COVID in 2020, but in December of 2021 underwent an antibodies test that showed antibodies remaining in her system.
She is also willing to ‘take regular [coronavirus] tests when working in-person on the base, wear a mask, socially distance and work remotely as appropriate,’ the lawsuit states.
The court’s decision comes eight days after more than 3,000 Air Force personnel were granted exemptions for medical or nonreligious reasons – a first within the military branch.