By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
Some 20 doctors and nurses argued that the state’s coronavirus vaccine mandate violates the First Amendment to the Constitution because it fails to include a religious exemption.
But the court rejected the emergency appeal of the Christian medical workers who say they are now forced to choose between their jobs and religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court denied their request in short one-line order without reasoning or explanation after an apparent internal debate on the issue.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel Alito — three of the court’s six-member conservative majority — said they would have granted the bid to block the mandate.
“The Supreme Court failed not only the medical providers seeking relief, but the justices fail ourselves,” Gorsuch said in a 14-page dissent that Alito joined.
THOUSANDS LOSE JOBS
“Now, thousands of New York healthcare workers face the loss of their jobs and eligibility for unemployment benefits,” he wrote. “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.”
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo included a religious exemption in his proposed vaccine mandate, but the sitting Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul annulled the exemption.
It came as others also suffered from mandates backed by U.S. President Joe Biden.
Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts refused to overturn Joe Biden’s federal transportation mask mandate.
That ruling reportedly barred a four-year-old disabled boy unable to wear face coverings for long periods from air travel to seek specialized medical treatment.
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