January 26, 2022

Barrett, Kavanaugh silent again on religious liberty issue

Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh were silent in response to a case by New York doctors and nurses who sought relief from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate because it did not include a religious exception.

The religious exemption is largely based on concerns related to the use of fetal tissue in the making of vaccines, an action opposed by many pro-life Christians and others.

Because the mandate allows a medical exemption but not one on religious grounds, the case argued the mandate was a violation of the First Amendment.

Despite a 6 to 3 conservative majority in the court, the case was turned down. Both Barrett and Kavanaugh failed to write that they opposed the mandate.

“The rebuff follows a similar rejection in a Maine case in October,” Larson wrote.

Other cases opposing vaccine mandates continue, but the lack of support from conservative justices has many Americans concerned.

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