A gaggle of 17 college students enrolled in St. John’s University in New York is suing the varsity for violating their non secular beliefs.
The Catholic faculty lately mandated COVID vaccinations, that are both developed with or examined with aborted fetal cells. The mandate creates a large battle of curiosity for non secular college students and employees, particularly for an establishment that claims to care about faith before everything.
“As a devout Roman Catholic, I believe life is precious. In the Ten Commandments, it says, `Thou Shall Not Kill,’ ” stated plaintiff Kimberly Vineski, a 19-year-old, second-year pharmacy pupil.
St. John’s is taking the frequent stance of all tyrannical establishments who need to keep away from non secular exemptions: in courtroom papers, the college claimed that there are questions concerning the “genuineness of purported beliefs.”
Unsurprisingly, the Catholic Church is tripping over itself to feign empathy for the vaccine hesitant, whereas on the identical time siding with trendy megaliths that demand vaccinations, like world governments and billion-dollar companies.
In a steerage paper issued earlier this yr, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ‘flip-flopped’ on the problem greater than a household strolling to the seaside.
“Neither Pfizer nor Moderna used an abortion-derived cell line in the development or production of the vaccine. However, such a cell line was used to test the efficacy of both vaccines,” the paper stated. “It is mistaken to create abortion-derived cell traces and for pharmaceutical corporations to make the most of them, and the usage of vaccines produced with such cell traces must be averted if comparable alternate options with no connection to abortion can be found.
“But grave reasons (e.g., serious health risks) may justify the use of vaccines produced with these cell lines when there are no such alternatives. While neither vaccine is completely free from any use of abortion-derived cell lines, in these two cases the use is very remote from the initial evil of the abortion.”
The plaintiffs are looking for $2.75 million in damages, assuming no change within the faculty’s place happens, based on their lawsuit filed in Suffolk County on Long Island.
“St. John’s University is confident our COVID-19 vaccination requirement, announced last April, will withstand this legal challenge,” SJU faculty spokesman Brian Browne stated. “Courts have consistently upheld student vaccination requirements as necessary to promote health and safety.”