Conservatives expected a rightward shift on the Supreme Court after Donald Trump appointed three new Justices.
But the Court drifted Left.
And Trump supporters will be infuriated over this one major case the Supreme Court just rejected.
The Supreme Court shot down a legal challenge in New York last week by healthcare workers against a vaccine mandate that did not provide for a religious exemption.
Only three justices – Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito – dissented.
Since capacity limits for churches are different than for secular businesses, the Court previously struck down restrictions on Church gatherings.
Even though federal law also requires a religious exemption for vaccine mandates, the majority of Justices – including Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh – refused to address the concerns of New York state healthcare workers who held deeply religious objections to the vaccine mandate.
Of course, the implications of the ruling go far beyond these workers just losing their jobs.
“Now, thousands of New York healthcare workers face the loss of their jobs and eligibility for unemployment benefits,” the three dissenting conservative Justices wrote.
Justice Gorsuch added that in times of social crisis, governments needed to go even further than normal to respect and protect the rights of religious believers.
“Today, our Nation faces not a world war but a pandemic. Like wars, though, pandemics often produce demanding new social rules aimed at protecting collective interests — and with those rules can come fear and anger at individuals unable to conform for religious reasons,” Justice Gorsuch wrote.
Of course, this isn’t the first vaccine mandate challenge rejected by the Supreme Court.
When a group of Indiana University students challenged the school’s vaccine requirement, Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected the challenge.
Not only that, but in the past the Court also held up the rights of individual states to impose vaccine mandates on its citizens.
In 1905, in the case of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts, the Court allowed the state to impose a smallpox vaccine.
Unfortunately, even though Joe Biden has lost multiple times in court on his various vaccine mandates, the Supreme Court has refused to defend the right to bodily autonomy of the American people and the free exercise of religion at the state level.
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