In a major win for human rights, the New York State Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of employees who were terminated for refusing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, with back pay. For over a year, many New York workers were faced with choosing between staying grounded in their beliefs about their own health decisions, or caving to tyrannical government overreach. When put in those terms, the choice may sound obvious. But when choosing to stand for what is right could result in losing the job you love, or more importantly the ability to support your family, it is not such a simple choice. But ultimately, God provides for all.
Here are a few key points from Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio’s statement:
- “Public employees should not have been terminated for their noncompliance. Unvaccinated employees were kept at full duty while their exemptions were pending. “
Justice Porzio recognized if these employees were such a significant health threat by denying inoculation, allowing them to continue working throughout the appeal process was contradictory on the part of Mayor Eric Adams.
- “The Mayor’s Executive Order granting exemptions to certain classes of people, and the lifting of the private sector mandate, … this Court finds the Commissioner’s Orders as well as the Mayor’s Executive Order No. 62 to be arbitrary and capricious. If it is about safety and public health, no one would be exempt. It is time for New York City to do what is right and what is just.”
Arbitrary and capricious indeed. The mayor’s Executive Order No. 62 expanded vaccine exemption to professional athletes and performing artists, but not to non-elitist members of society such as cops, firemen, sanitation workers and so on.
- “This Court agrees that the Commissioner cannot enact a term of employment on City employees and has exceeded his scope of authority based upon the separation of powers discussion above.”
Much like Governors and Secretaries of State unconstitutionally changed election laws leading up to the 2020 election under the guise of COVID-19 safety precautions, the Health Commissioner does not have authority to determine terms of employment, or termination due to COVID-19. (However, the Supreme Court case Moore v. Harper may finally put to rest the argument about the constitutionality of these changes to election law.) This trend indicates leftist attempts to hide behind a health crisis to clear the path for government overreach are failing. It has been exposed time and again since the pandemic began, these are just the latest examples.
- “Being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting COVID-19.”
It goes without saying that government forced coercion in any form, let alone the injection of substances into one’s body, is one of the actual threats to democracy. But finally, a judge said the not-so-quiet part out loud. For one to even suggest that the government has the right to force inoculation on its people, it better have a bullet-proof defense. But there are now numerous reports stating contracting Covid is very possible even amongst vaccinated individuals. Even the CDC website admits “People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19.” This is fact, it is not an inflammatory statement, nor is it a conspiracy. Most Americans know somebody who contracted Covid after vaccination. This isn’t new, people who have received the flu vaccine have contracted the flu. It is okay to admit, it happens. What cannot happen is what has been taking place before this recent ruling.
The Left’s most recent attempt to erode Americans’ God-given rights (or any mention of God at all) is far from new. They are always quick to dog whistle and perpetuate false narratives to scare the masses into submission. But when that doesn’t work, they resort to force, hoping American citizens will allow their lives to be controlled by government.
The Left has strategically hidden their hatred of the existence of an almighty God behind the so-called separation of church and state. But for anyone who searches even haphazardly, their true intentions are easily found. Without God on the minds of Americans, the devious actions of our leaders could go unnoticed, which is why they continuously try to remove him from society. The Left does not deny the role of God. In fact, they may be more aware of what that means than the most practicing Evangelicals. The issue is that the Left wants to be God. God is the final arbiter. His methods are inarguably correct. What He says is indisputable truth. He has the final say. Does this not sound like the desires of the current Democrat party? Of those who stood their ground, many likely were rooted in faith. While stressful, perhaps that time allowed them to spend time with their loved ones as opposed to serving their false masters. This latest victory is a great win for the righteous, here’s to many more to come.