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Actually in this case it's the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that re-instituted the compelling-interest test after it was removed in 1990 via Employment Division v. Smith.

Which is important because "Public Health" is de-facto "compelling interest".
How ? if vaccines work,vaccined people do not need fear those unvaccined.If they do not work,why use it at all?
 

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And we have compelling interests in not being force tyo take a product that is shody at best, and actively harmful at worst.

Particulalry when it is shown natural immunity is far more long last and useful than any of the vaxs that are being pumped out to feed Big Pharma's bottomlines.
Meh, I like my idea better. Germ warfare restrictions and consent based medical treatments are sooooo last millennium. 🤡
 

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Actually in this case it's the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that re-instituted the compelling-interest test after it was removed in 1990 via Employment Division v. Smith.

Which is important because "Public Health" is de-facto "compelling interest".
You're ignoring the other aspects of the Strict Scrutiny test, only the first of which is the "compelling governmental interest" part. The more critical part to this is the "narrowly tailored" and "least restrictive means" parts of the test, both of which the current vaccine mandates fail spectacularly.

Firstly, the inclusion of people who are full time telework as well as who have natural immunity under the vaccine mandate means that the entire thing is not "narrowly tailored" as both those categories of people are of reduced risk of spreading the virus among the workforce and population. Given that ongoing testing is also left out as an option, which would offer people further options to show they are not carrying or spreading the virus, that is a strike against the "least restrictive means" part of the strict scrutiny test.
 

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People honestly still think stuff like precedent or legal minutia matter in public debates or political opinions?
 

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Didn't he already say he wasn't going to run for a second term because of his age while running against Trump?
I think this is one of those things that lots of people (including me) thought they heard but no one can produce the actual quotes. It could either be just one of those things (the "Mandela effect" where people remember him dying in prison) or a subtly and deliberately created impression. I don't have any evidence for the latter and it seems like a lot of work when I don't really think a ton of people would not vote for a Biden who might run again if he wins but would vote for a Biden who's promised to be a one-termer.
 

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Howdy from the Alamo City Sietch family. I've heard Biden is reimplementing Trump's Remain in Mexico Policy.

The liberals & WOKE Culture getting triggered in 83, 82, 81....
 

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Looks like Biden left himself an out...

"The Biden administration told the courts late Thursday that it plans to reimplement the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy in mid-November if it can get buy-in from the neighboring government."

"It [the administration] also plans to expand the types of asylum-seekers who will not be subjected to MPP, but the filing doesn't provide details on who that would include..."
 

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And not a peep about the cartels firing on Border Patrol units patrolling the border several times over the last few weeks.

 

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Recent update on Lt. Col. Scheller

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U.S. Marine Corps Judge Glen Hines has docked Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller $5,000 in pay and ordered a letter of reprimand against the combat veteran for his criticisms about how senior military officials handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Hines handed down his sentence Oct. 15, concluding the legal matter. The Secretary of the Navy will decide whether Scheller receives an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

Defense attorney Timothy Parlatore said he thinks the sentence was fair.

“We were happy with the sentence. I think the judge carefully considered all of the facts and circumstances of this case, and the sentence was an appropriate reflection of what Lt. Col. Scheller did,” he said.

“After hearing what government said and going back and viewing videos, [the judge] found a lot more context to them than the cherry-picked statements the government presented,” Parlatore said.


According to Parlatore, Judge Hines criticized the government’s conduct, including for leaking case documents about Scheller. The judge said it’s not the court’s role to investigate the leak, but that there should be a probe into the matter.

“He commented on the severity of pretrial confinement for a case of this nature,” Parlatore added. “He saw a Marine in pain and in emotional anguish, which is pretty much what we argued.”

Parlatore said Scheller won’t comment on the matter until his discharge is processed. Neither the prosecution nor a Marine Corps spokesperson have responded to queries from The Epoch Times.

Scheller was charged for making statements such as, “Potentially, all of those people did die in vain if we don’t have senior leaders that own up and raise their hand and say we did not do this well in the end.”

At his Oct. 14 trial, the Marine apologized for being disrespectful, but renewed his calls for accountability.

“I believe the General officers have demonstrated that they are unable or unwilling to hold themselves accountable. As a result, I believe fundamental change needs to occur in the military,” he said. “I am being held accountable for my actions. The General officers should be held accountable for their failures.”

Scheller also criticized the Marine Corps for apparently leaking confidential records about him to Task and Purpose.

“I was painted as a violent extremist, fascist, and the journalist even made a connection to Hitler. Obviously, you can understand that I was very angry following the article,” he said. “After everything I’ve been through, I feel it’s reasonable to conclude that the Marine Corps and Task and Purpose were working together in an effort to smear my name.”

The Marine further pointed out that he hasn’t been charged with making false statements “because everything I have said is true.”

“If the Marine Corps could have charged me with it, they would have,” he said.

Some government officials, for their part, accused Scheller of fanning the flames of insurrection. Task and Purpose reported on case documents that purportedly show how Marine Corps officials believe Scheller’s comments about topics such as “revolution” violated Defense Department policy.

Scheller’s case captured the national spotlight, with numerous Republican lawmakers criticizing the prosecution as politically motivated. Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) testified on Scheller’s behalf at the Oct. 14 hearing.

“It takes great courage to speak out against leaders who lead those under them to failure & to death,” Greene said yesterday after testifying. “It takes even more courage to plead guilty in the face of unknown consequences. Why is Scheller the one on trial?”

Greene said on Steve Bannon’s War Room that she would either hire Scheller or help find him a job.

-Ken Silva [Judge Docks Lt. Col Scheller $5,000 in Pay, Criticizes Government’s Conduct]
 
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Recent update on Lt. Col. Scheller

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U.S. Marine Corps Judge Glen Hines has docked Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller $5,000 in pay and ordered a letter of reprimand against the combat veteran for his criticisms about how senior military officials handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Hines handed down his sentence Oct. 15, concluding the legal matter. The Secretary of the Navy will decide whether Scheller receives an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

Defense attorney Timothy Parlatore said he thinks the sentence was fair.

“We were happy with the sentence. I think the judge carefully considered all of the facts and circumstances of this case, and the sentence was an appropriate reflection of what Lt. Col. Scheller did,” he said.

“After hearing what government said and going back and viewing videos, [the judge] found a lot more context to them than the cherry-picked statements the government presented,” Parlatore said.


According to Parlatore, Judge Hines criticized the government’s conduct, including for leaking case documents about Scheller. The judge said it’s not the court’s role to investigate the leak, but that there should be a probe into the matter.

“He commented on the severity of pretrial confinement for a case of this nature,” Parlatore added. “He saw a Marine in pain and in emotional anguish, which is pretty much what we argued.”

Parlatore said Scheller won’t comment on the matter until his discharge is processed. Neither the prosecution nor a Marine Corps spokesperson have responded to queries from The Epoch Times.

Scheller was charged for making statements such as, “Potentially, all of those people did die in vain if we don’t have senior leaders that own up and raise their hand and say we did not do this well in the end.”

At his Oct. 14 trial, the Marine apologized for being disrespectful, but renewed his calls for accountability.

“I believe the General officers have demonstrated that they are unable or unwilling to hold themselves accountable. As a result, I believe fundamental change needs to occur in the military,” he said. “I am being held accountable for my actions. The General officers should be held accountable for their failures.”

Scheller also criticized the Marine Corps for apparently leaking confidential records about him to Task and Purpose.

“I was painted as a violent extremist, fascist, and the journalist even made a connection to Hitler. Obviously, you can understand that I was very angry following the article,” he said. “After everything I’ve been through, I feel it’s reasonable to conclude that the Marine Corps and Task and Purpose were working together in an effort to smear my name.”

The Marine further pointed out that he hasn’t been charged with making false statements “because everything I have said is true.”

“If the Marine Corps could have charged me with it, they would have,” he said.

Some government officials, for their part, accused Scheller of fanning the flames of insurrection. Task and Purpose reported on case documents that purportedly show how Marine Corps officials believe Scheller’s comments about topics such as “revolution” violated Defense Department policy.

Scheller’s case captured the national spotlight, with numerous Republican lawmakers criticizing the prosecution as politically motivated. Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) testified on Scheller’s behalf at the Oct. 14 hearing.

“It takes great courage to speak out against leaders who lead those under them to failure & to death,” Greene said yesterday after testifying. “It takes even more courage to plead guilty in the face of unknown consequences. Why is Scheller the one on trial?”

Greene said on Steve Bannon’s War Room that she would either hire Scheller or help find him a job.

-Ken Silva [Judge Docks Lt. Col Scheller $5,000 in Pay, Criticizes Government’s Conduct]
Well, that could have been a lot more nasty for Scheller, but the judge seems to have been a more evenhanded one than expected, and the punishment is not huge either (even if it is still unjust for this to have happened to begin with).

Not surprised that the Marine Corp leaked stuff to smear him though; cannot have this guy retaining credibility his own men or gaining traction with the public, when it could hurt the Corp's pride and make people in DC upset.
 

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Well, that could have been a lot more nasty for Scheller, but the judge seems to have been a more evenhanded one than expected, and the punishment is not huge either (even if it is still unjust for this to have happened to begin with).

Not surprised that the Marine Corp leaked stuff to smear him though; cannot have this guy retaining credibility his own men or gaining traction with the public, when it could hurt the Corp's pride and make people in DC upset.
THis is what yall seem to not understand. Military Court Martials are not the same as civilian court.
 

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I'm hoping he's let go with the Honorable Discharge.
I mean we havent punished a general who back stabbed a sitting president by collaberating with a rival government by promising to compromise any upcoming milatary engagements with them.

I mean calling your sitting comander in chief an idiot is small potatoes compared to that.
 

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I mean we havent punished a general who back stabbed a sitting president by collaberating with a rival government by promising to compromise any upcoming milatary engagements with them.

I mean calling your sitting comander in chief an idiot is small potatoes compared to that.
He was going behind the back, but not by himself.

It takes someone of the same level of power or above to initiate a court martial. Once he is no longer CJCS, he is free game for any four star that would love support from the troops.
 
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