Supreme Court Will Not Hear Religious Opt-Out of Mandates Case

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Religious Opt-Out of Mandates Case

( – Governor Janet Mills (D-ME) issued a mandate in Maine stating all healthcare workers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October 2021 without allowing a religious exemption. More than 2,000 healthcare employees objected to the order and took the case all the way to the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Unfortunately, on February 22, the court refused to hear arguments in the case.

Chairman of the Liberty Counsel, Mathew Staver, said the mandate violated the law and was disappointed in the court’s decision. The SCOTUS decline sent the case back to the lower courts, which already ruled the mandate did not violate the First Amendment as claimed.

The healthcare workers disagreed. They said Maine’s laws allow for vaccine exemptions for other reasons, but the courts and the government stopped the Christians’ religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. Given those facts, they claim the mandate “discriminates” against them.

The group objected to the shot because scientists used aborted fetus cell lines to test or make the inoculation. Based on their religious principles, the workers still plan to fight for their right to refuse the vaccine by using an exemption and still keep their jobs.

Although SCOTUS declined to hear arguments at this time, the case may end up back at the high court as it moves through the judicial process.

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