Parents sue after legislators drop religious exemption

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

getting a vaccination vaccine injectionParents and organizations in Connecticut have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's removal of a religious exemption for vaccines.

"We think it's an absolutely abhorrent piece of legislation," says Brian Festa of We The Patriots USA and CT Freedom Alliance, the organizations suing Connecticut. "This law strips over 8,500 school children of their religious freedom and their fundamental right to an education."

The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont last week. The new law takes effect in the fall for the 2022 school year at both public and private schools, and day care centers.  

Festa says the fundamental right to religious liberty can be found in the Connecticut Constitution and suggests Democrats in the state must answer for the law that forces their own citizens to choose between their personal rights and a public education.

"The fact that the Democrats who strongly advocated and promoted this legislation purport to be champions of non-discrimination,” Festa warns, “just shows the level of hypocrisy we have operating in the Connecticut legislature."

The parent plaintiffs in the lawsuit identify as Greek Orthodox, Catholic, and Muslim.

The federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Festa's organizations are asking the court for a temporary restraining order to put the new law on hold while the litigation unfolds.

"If we didn't request that, it would not be resolved in any fashion prior to the fall," Festa explains.

The other U.S. states with no religious exemption for vaccinations are California, Maine, Mississippi, New York, and West Virginia.

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