When Donald Trump appointed three new Justices to the Supreme Court, conservatives expected a rightward shift on the bench.
But that didn’t happen.
And the Supreme Court just rejected one case that will leave Trump supporters red with rage.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge by healthcare workers in New York state against a vaccine mandate that did not provide for a religious exemption.
It takes the vote of four Justices to grant cert and hear a case, but only three justices – Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito – dissented.
The Supreme Court previously struck down restrictions on Church gatherings, noting that the capacity limits for churches were different than for secular businesses.
Federal law also requires employers to provide a religious exemption for vaccine mandates.
But in this case, the majority of Justices – including Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh – refused to address the concerns of thousands of New York state healthcare workers who held sincere religious objections to the vaccine mandate.
This ruling has far-reaching consequences for New York state healthcare workers beyond 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.
This is not the first time the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a vaccine mandate.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected a challenge by a group of Indiana University students to the school’s vaccine requirement.
And the Court also upheld the rights of individual states to impose vaccine mandates in the past.
In the 1905 case of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court granted the state permission to impose a smallpox vaccine on the citizens.
Joe Biden has lost multiple times in court on his various federal vaccine mandates.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has refused to defend the rights to the free exercise of religion and bodily autonomy of the American people at the state level.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.