On Monday, January 3, 2022, Palmetto Family joined 30 other family policy groups across America to file a Friend of the Court brief in the US Supreme Court to protect religious liberty and counter efforts by the Biden Administration to force vaccine mandates on companies with 100 or more employees.

 

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Our argument: Left unfettered, government bureaucracies will naturally attack religious liberty like a dog devours Christmas dinner leftovers. In an unprecedented move last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bypassed normal review procedures and issued a sweeping regulation that came through Executive Order from President Biden compelling companies with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations or risk fines of $10,000 per unvaccinated worker — despite an employee’s request for a religious exception.

 

With this new regulation, OSHA is following the progressive playbook of the administrative state, empowering unelected government bureaucrats to interpret their agency’s own ambiguous authority and bypass standard rulemaking requirements to put massive new regulations into effect.

 

No matter what side you come down on in the vaccine debate, the fundamental concept that we should protect a person’s right to religious liberty is at the core of America. The Founding Fathers enshrined it in the Constitution, going so far as to call it an “unalienable right.”

 

In fact, President George Washington, in his farewell address, said, “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

 

But, as our brief to the Supreme Court clearly outlines, had Congress (which is elected direct by the people) created a law, it would have gone through the legislative process where religious liberty would likely have been protected. Had OSHA followed standard rulemaking requirements, a public comment period would have allowed religious exemptions concerns to be aired. Had the Administration left this issue to the states (as outlined in the 10th Amendment), OSHA would not have given a backhand to religious liberty of Americans to begin with.

 

Our recent podcast goes into this issue with more detail. Please take the time to listen to it and read our Amicus Brief for yourself. The fight to protect your religious liberty is one we take very seriously, and we appreciate your support in this work that we do.

Palmetto Family Matters Podcast, S.3 Ep.1: Fighting OSHA’s Vax Mandate

 

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