Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec broke the news on Human Events Daily, revealing the Biden administration's complete disregard for Americans' religious liberty rights. DOJ attorney Marty Lederman can be heard on a phone call from September informing the administration as to how to fight employees' religious exemption demands from the vaccine mandate.
In the leaked call, Lederman suggests that in "cases, for instance in the New York case that's currently going on, the Thomas More Society is representing a bunch of doctors and nurses who claim that they would sin gravely in cooperation with the evil of abortion. How would they be doing so? The claim is that all three of the current vaccines, either have fetal cells that were obtained by abortions in the vaccine itself, or in the case of Pfizer and Moderna that those vaccines were tested using fetal cells that had been aborted, and even the connection to the previous testing, makes them cooperative with evil in a way that their religion prohibits."
"I don't want to say anything too categorical but I believe that this claim will be very difficult for agencies to successfully claim that's either insincere or not religious, even if it is. Even if we know that many of those claims are not sincere, or are sincere but not religious, this is the most common behavior you're going to confront probably, and it's likely that you will have to take as a given the employee's claim."
"Not always, right, but one response that some hospitals have started to give is, 'well do you know that Tylenol, and Tums, and Preparation H, those were all tested using aborted fetal cell lines, too.' And I expect that employees will then say 'well I didn't know that, but now that you tell me that and I'll stop using those products as well.'"
"And then we will turn to the, 'what does the government have to do once the employee makes that shown.' And here, basically there is a compelling interest, obviously, in keeping our workforce and the public with which we interact safe from COVID."
Posobiec dug into this, remarking that the administration denies the sincerity of Americans' faith in insisting that they are so opposed to abortion that they do not want to benefit from aborted cells. But, in fact, it's not only that they don't think Americans are sincere in their views, but to the extent that they may be, the administration attempts to find a way around those faith-based assertions.