Anti-mandate groups: Feds' attack on liberties a bigger threat than COVID

Anti-mandate groups: Feds' attack on liberties a bigger threat than COVID

President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The next day saw several organizations file lawsuits against the president's worker vaccination mandate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Anti-mandate groups: Feds' attack on liberties a bigger threat than COVID

Many of those who oppose the mandate for workers to get COVID shots are pointing out that their opposition is not to the so-called "vaccine," but rather to the mandate.

Spokespersons for three entities that are party to a lawsuit filed last week against President Joe Biden's worker vaccination mandate offered explanations during a recent press call.

"I've said before that I am vaccinated … and if I were dictator, I'd probably force most American adults to be vaccinated. But I'm not dictator, and neither is Joe Biden," said Jeremy Boreing, co-founder and co-CEO of The Daily Wire about the news outlet's legal challenge to the Biden rule.

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"COVID is not the greatest threat that we face as a nation. The coordination between big government, big media, and big tech to erode our liberties is – and that's what The Daily Wire is committed to fighting against."

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has also gotten the COVID shots.

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"My encouragement to people, based upon my personal advisement, is to be vaccinated," said Mohler as he discussed his school's legal challenge to the Biden rule. "But placing a religious institution in the position of intruding into the lives of its employees on matters that are religiously debated, even within the institution, and on which the Church body takes no official stand – that is a step, indeed an enormous step, too far."

Mohler went on to say that it places the institution in the role of the being an extension of the "coercive" power of the state. "If this mandate stands, then what mandate will follow?" asked Mohler.

Shannon Royce of Christian Employers Alliance also discussed her organization's legal challenge to the Biden rule.

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"While Christian Employers Alliance is not opposed to COVID-19 vaccines, it is opposed to the government's extraordinary overreach into the lives and businesses of CEA membership and that of the American people," Royce said.

"The federal government is attempting to interfere with employees' private health decisions and their religious convictions, [and] our members believe it violates the dignity of their employees for the federal govt to force them to accept the COVID-19 vaccine against their conscience."

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing The Daily Wire along with Dhillon Law Group, Inc. ADF is also representing Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Christian Employers Alliance.