Religious Exemption

New Novavax vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

"Laboratory-grown cell lines descended from fetuses that were aborted decades ago were used in some early-stage testing of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and to grow viruses used to manufacture the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. ...Novavax, however, says that 'no human fetal-derived cell lines or tissue' were used in the development, manufacture or production of its vaccine." - RNS

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Christian groups, including Answers in Genesis, ask Supreme Court to stop Biden employer vaccine mandate

"The First Liberty Institute, a legal nonprofit specializing in religious liberty cases, filed an emergency application for stay with the nation’s high court over the weekend on behalf of multiple faith-based organizations, arguing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act." - CPost

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On New York vaccine mandate, Gorsuch’s religious liberty maximalism comes up short

"Gorsuch’s argument boils down to claiming that the mandates are not generally applicable....That means, according to the court’s latest interpretation, that such laws can’t treat 'any comparable secular activity more favorably than religious exercise.'" - RNS

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Supreme Court again leaves state vaccine mandate in place for health care workers

"The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New York state's vaccine mandate for health care workers — a mandate that provides no exceptions for religious objectors. The vote was 6-3." - NPR

Related: NR: Barrett and Kavanaugh Supply Another Majority to Deny Religious-Liberty Exemption

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Survey: Most Americans support vaccine religious exemptions but suspect invalid use

"majorities of almost every religious group believe there are no valid religious reasons to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, including Hispanic Catholics (68%), other Christians (68%), Jewish Americans (67%), Hispanic Protestants (64%), white Catholics (62%), ... Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (60%), Black Protestants (59%), white mainline Protestants (56%) and other Protestants of color (51%)." - RNS

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Illinois amends religious freedom law to prevent people from skirting vaccine mandates

"Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1169 into law Monday to clarify that the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act can’t be used to challenge coronavirus vaccination requirements..." - CPost

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