Approximately 30 minutes ago (current time 5:54 PM EST, September 24, 2021), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an order staying enforcement of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers in a case brought by four of my clients, including We The Patriots USA, Inc. This order will prevent enforcement of the mandate until three judges from the Second Circuit can decide whether to impose a continued injunction pending appeal.
While a district court in the Northern District of New York issued a similar stay last week in a case brought by my good colleagues at the Thomas More Society, the Second Circuit’s order ensures that the Northern District’s decision will last longer and carries more authority. It also means that my clients will likely lead the fight to the United States Supreme Court on the most important religious freedom issue of our time – the right to reject a state medical mandate when it requires you to violate your religious beliefs. We owe a major debt of gratitude to We The Patriots USA for making this fight possible.
My clients and colleagues, Norm Pattis and Austin Voss, are thrilled with this result, and we are confident that we will prevail in this fight. Our oldest and most valued liberty – the First Amendment to freely exercise our religion – does not yield to medical nazism and democratic totalitarianism. New York sought to trample all over our clients’ liberty to follow their consciences, and the Second Circuit has said not so fast. We look forward to the Second Circuit and, if necessary, the United States Supreme Court telling New York and the rest of the medical nazis trying to dominate our lives: Not now. Not ever.