FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2022
BOISE, IDAHO – Idaho Family Policy Center has joined thirty other family policy organizations from across the nation in filing an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief with the US Supreme Court opposing the Biden vaccine mandate.
The Supreme Court will soon consider whether the Biden administration went too far in unilaterally imposing its vaccine mandate on employers with more than 100 workers, all without the approval of Congress. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked federal government from enforcing the mandate in November, but it was reinstated by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals a few weeks later.
Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for this Friday, January 7. If the Supreme Court fails to intervene, the mandate will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an unelected and unaccountable federal administrative agency, which will assess staggeringly large fines beginning next week against businesses that do not comply.
Furthermore, the mandate does not provide exemptions for employers or employees with religious or conscientious objections to the vaccine. Some Christians avoid vaccines that use aborted fetal tissue in development or research, while others conscientiously object to forced vaccinations.
“Religious freedom is a constitutionally protected, God-given right, which our founding fathers rightly referred to as ‘sacred,’” said Blaine Conzatti, President of Idaho Family Policy Center.
“Not only does the Biden vaccine mandate violate the constitutional separation of powers that lies at the root of our republican system of government, but it also infringes upon religious freedom by forcing employees and businesses to either comply or lose their jobs and livelihoods, face punitive fines, and adhere to a burdensome and ongoing testing regime, even if they possess sincerely held religious or conscientious objections to the vaccine,” Conzatti concluded. “It’s past time for the judiciary to put a stop to such an egregious instance of totalitarian executive overreach.”