Navy football assistant coach Bill Ray Stutzmann was fired Monday after refusing to take a COVID-19 vaccine, tweeting he continues to “stand firm” regarding the matter.
“The Naval Academy Athletic Association policy regarding COVID-19 requires all coaches and staff to be vaccinated against this virus. Based on my religious convictions, and after much thought and prayer, I am unable to follow the requirements of the Naval Academy’s COVID-19 policy, as it had changed these last few months,” Stutzmann said in a statement on Twitter.
“After applying for a religious exemption and attempting to further negotiate alternative working arrangements, I was ultimately relieved of my duties here at Navy,” Stutzmann added.
He said his refusal to take the vaccine was based on his “conviction of faith.”
“I continue to stand firm in my conviction of faith, but I understand and respect that each individual and institution has a choice on how they wish to manage these issues,” he said.
The military announced in August that its members would be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Why would the military fire someone over a shot? It’s not about the vaccine or the science. It’s about the politics and power.
Stutzmann’s case is public because of his football coaching role. But how many other people are facing removal from their jobs or military service over Biden’s government overreach? Biden’s mandate threatens up to 100 million people and could destroy our economy. This at a time when our economy is already in a downward trend. Not to mention Biden is destroying our national defense with his mandate.
What began as reports about a “woke” military has now shifted to cleaning house. The vaccine appears to serve as one part of a multilayered effort to transform the military. Vaccine? Check. Pay for transgender surgeries? Check. Filter Trump supporters? Check. Diversity training at military academies? Check. Drag queen performs at military base? Check. Fly Pride flag outside embassies worldwide? Check.
What’s next? Will Navy football players kneel for the National Anthem, too?
It should be no surprise when reports emerge about leaders like Gen. Milley regarding going rogue on then-President Trump. There seems to be some kind of corporate insider game among certain leaders in the military that are more focused on politics than protecting the nation.
Don’t get me wrong. We honor our veterans and care for those who serve our nation. But when we’re dividing who gets to stay over a vaccination requirement, we’re only hurting ourselves. There are better ways to protect the safety of our troops.
And don’t forget, this Navy coach sought a religious exemption. He wasn’t blasting his leadership. He believed it was not appropriate for him to take the vaccine, perhaps because of concerns regarding aborted fetal tissue used in some forms of vaccines (though this was not stated). If so, why the forced exit?
If our military is willing to fight for our freedoms, shouldn’t we stand for theirs? This coach should be hired by the best and brightest program possible to show it’s the Navy’s loss when a good guy leaves over bad policy. Here’s hoping Stutzman ends up on national championship team for standing for his convictions. God knows our nation needs more people like him.