The U.S. Naval Academy has fired an assistant football coach for refusing to adhere to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on religious grounds.
Billy Ray Stutzmann took to his official Twitter account on Monday to announce that he was dismissed by the academy after an unsuccessful attempt at getting a religious exemption to a Naval Academy Athletic Association policy requiring that all coaches and staff be vaccinated against the 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 has changed these last few months,” tweeted Stutzmann, who was in his third season on the Navy coaching staff.
“After applying for a religious exemption and attempting to further negotiate alternative working arrangements, I was ultimately relieved of my duties here at Navy.”