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  • Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates Shouldn’t Exist | WIRED

    if there were a shred of intellectual honesty to any of this, this would have conservatives twisted in all sorts of knots. but ‘murica.

    opening salvo is delicious.

    In 1990, the Court tightened things back up. In a case involving members of the Native American Church who took peyote, an illegal drug, as part of religious ceremonies, the Court held that religion doesn’t give someone the right to challenge a “generally applicable” law. Ruling otherwise, wrote the conservative Catholic Justice Antonin Scalia, “would open the prospect of constitutionally required exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind.”

    One example of such a civic obligation that Scalia cited for his slippery-slope argument: compulsory vaccination laws.

    irony points:

    • explicitly religious, conservative justice
    • citation of vaccinations as civic obligations in opinion

    the article nicely cites the craziness that’s ensued leading us to where we’re at today with a hodge-podge of attempts to reconcile crazy with “liberty”. noting that even the christian science folks think things have gotten out of hand.

    then there’s this little gem.

    Dorit Rubenstein Reiss has proposed letting believers and nonbelievers alike claim a general exemption for personal belief—but making it very hard to get. This might look like forcing people to sit through extensive education programs, write a letter explaining their objections, and get it notarized by a notary public. The goal would be to make it such a pain in the ass that only the most die-hard resisters would go to the trouble,

    so, uh, make it as hard to get out of getting vaccinated as it is to get an abortion?