(CBN NEWS) -- Representing nine Air Force service members, First Liberty Institute and the law firm Schaerr Jaffe LLP have filed a federal lawsuit seeking a class-wide temporary restraining order against Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the Department of Defense, and the Secretary of the Air Force for discrimination against those seeking religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Across the U.S. military, the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps have discharged as many as 4,000 active duty service members for refusing the vaccine. Those who flatly refuse the vaccine without seeking an exemption are still being discharged. But the courts have stalled additional discharges of service members who sought religious exemptions.
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According to the military, as many as 20,000 service members have asked for religious exemptions. Thousands have been denied.