SCOTUS Declines To Rule on Vaccines and Religious Liberty

SCOTUS Declines To Rule on Vaccines and Religious Liberty

Missed Opportunity: See The Critical Case That The Supreme Court Sidelined

( – The Supreme Court has turned down a case that could have solved the controversial issue of religion and vaccine mandates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people claimed religious exemptions from state and federal vaccine mandates.

On June 30, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by 16 New York healthcare workers. The workers all rejected New York’s August 2021 COVID vaccine mandate, claiming it violated their religious beliefs. However, the state only allowed exemptions for those who had a severe allergic reaction to vaccines.

The 16 workers, who are mostly Catholic, all suffered consequences for refusing; several were reassigned to other jobs and 5 were fired or pushed into resigning. Last November, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their bid for an injunction, saying the mandate applied equally to all religious groups and so wasn’t religiously biased. Now the Supreme Court has refused to examine the ruling.

Three justices dissented from the decision. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all thought the Court should hear the case. However, similar cases have been rejected before. It doesn’t look like the Supreme Court wants to challenge vaccine mandates.

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