A group of 17 students enrolled in St. John’s University in New York is suing the school for violating their religious beliefs.
The Catholic school recently mandated COVID vaccinations, which are either developed with or tested with aborted fetal cells. The mandate creates a massive conflict of interest for religious students and staff, especially for an institution that claims to care about religion first and foremost.
“As a devout Roman Catholic, I believe life is precious. In the Ten Commandments, it says, `Thou Shall Not Kill,’ ” said plaintiff Kimberly Vineski, a 19-year-old, second-year pharmacy student.
St. John’s is taking the common stance of all tyrannical institutions who want to avoid religious exemptions: in court papers, the university claimed that there are questions about the “genuineness of purported beliefs.”
Unsurprisingly, the Catholic Church is tripping over itself to feign empathy for the vaccine hesitant, while at the same time siding with modern megaliths that demand vaccinations, like world governments and billion-dollar corporations.
In a guidance paper issued earlier this year, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops ‘flip-flopped’ on the issue more than a family walking to the beach.
“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 said. “It is wrong to create abortion-derived cell lines and for pharmaceutical companies to utilize them, and the use of vaccines produced with such cell lines should be avoided if comparable alternatives with no connection to abortion are available.
“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 seeking $2.75 million in damages, assuming no change in the school’s position occurs, according to 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 school spokesman Brian Browne said. “Courts have consistently upheld student vaccination requirements as necessary to promote health and safety.”