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Hawley wants data on Pentagon's refusal of vaccination exemptions

Added 09-22-22 06:22:03pm EST - “Reports that the Defense Department denied religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates in an assembly-line manner using the same canned language drew a call for full disclosure from a prominent Senate conservative.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Hawley wants data on Pentagon’s refusal of vaccination exemptions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Canned language, 12-minute processing times spark talk of 'deliberate' religious-freedom violations

Reports that the Defense Department denied religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates in an assembly-line manner using the same canned language drew a call for full disclosure from a prominent Senate conservative.

Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, made his demand for data and decision-making processes in a letter Thursday to acting DOD Inspector General Sean O’Donnell.

The letter comes after reports in The Washington Times and other news outlets of a memo from the IG to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin cataloging numerous issues with the way the armed forces processed and denied requests for religious exemptions.

According to Liberty Counsel, the public-interest law firm that disclosed the memo last Friday, “out of 24,818 religious exemption requests received, only four were granted,” versus 4,146 medical exemptions given by the DOD.

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