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Religious Organizations File Emergency Stay Application with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Religious Employers

December 19, 2021

News Release
For Immediate Release: 12.19.21
Contact: Lacey McNiel,
Direct: 972-941-4453

Religious Organizations File Emergency Stay Application with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Religious Employers
First Liberty Institute seeks to protect religious organizations targeted by OSHA vaccine rule.

Washington, DC – On behalf of several national religious organizations, First Liberty Institute filed at the U.S. Supreme Court an Emergency Application for Stay of OSHA’s vaccine mandate pending review of the emergency temporary standard by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Application, directed to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, who is the Circuit Justice for the Sixth Circuit, seeks to halt the Biden administration’s OSHA vaccine mandate for religious organizations while litigation proceeds.

The Application can be read here.

“The Sixth Circuit panel’s decision to end the stay is outrageous and endangers the freedom of all Americans,” said Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel for First Liberty Institute.  “Few are aware that, in addition to the President’s OSHA mandate being clearly lawless, its takeover of American companies also includes all religious organizations of over 100 employees.  Our clients simply cannot comply with a government mandate that forces them to violate the conscience rights of their employees. The Supreme Court must act, or there will be a Constitutional crisis.”

First Liberty represents three religious organizations subject to the mandate: American Family Association, one of the largest pro-family organizations in the country; Answers in Genesis, a world-class, Christ-centered, family attraction, with physical properties—one a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark—located in northern Kentucky; Daystar Television Network, an international, faith-based network “dedicated to spreading the Gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”


About First Liberty Institute

First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.

To arrange an interview, contact Lacey McNiel at or by calling 972-941-4453.

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