NC Family has joined 30 other state family policy councils in submitting a friend of the court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate. The brief, filed yesterday, January 3, 2022, urges the Supreme Court to protect religious liberty and oppose this sweeping and unchecked mandate, which requires COVID-19 vaccination in employers with 100 or more employees with little to no regard for the religious liberty interests of American citizens.
In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Biden Administration issued a vaccine mandate for the aforementioned employers. It did so without the approval of Congress and without even allowing for public comment, which is a key part of the rule-making process. Because the mandate circumvented these critical checks, the mandate “undermines rule-of-law values,” the brief argues, “for it puts important policy decisions in the hands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats…”
More importantly, by placing this power in the hands of an unelected agency, there is a great threat to religious liberty. “In the last 20 years,” says the brief, “[the U.S. Supreme Court] has repeatedly had to step in to protect religious exercise from agency hostility.” The OSHA vaccine mandate is evidence of this continued hostility, as it did not offer any guidance for religious employers or employees. Rather, it creates a potential religious conflict with its mandate, and then “places responsibility for that conflict in the lap of the employer.”
Putting aside the many strong opinions Americans have on the vaccine issue, this sweeping mandate by OSHA both exceeds the agency’s authority, and backhands religious liberty, a bedrock value of our nation.
NC Family will keep you informed on any action by the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue.