Southern Baptist Theological Seminary sues Biden administration over vaccine mandates

by Seth Udinski
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary sues Biden administration over vaccine mandates

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky is filing a lawsuit against the Biden administration for the president’s strict COVID-19 shot mandates.

SBTS is joining with Asbury Theological Seminary of Kentucky against the mandates which require businesses with at least 100 employees to be fully inoculated by January of 2022. The two schools filed a suit on Friday in the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, stating that the mandate infringes upon the employees’ rights to religious liberty.

Ryan Bangert, one of the attorneys representing the schools, said,

The government has no authority to unilaterally treat unvaccinated employees like workplace hazards or to compel employers to become vaccine commissars, and we are asking the 6th Circuit to put a stop to it immediately. We are honored to represent these two theological seminaries at this critical time and help ensure they can continue to serve their students and communities without government interference.

Albert Mohler, president of SBTS and its sister undergraduate institution Boyce College, has revealed that he received the COVID-19 shot and has urged others to do the same. However, Mohler understands that his faculty and staff have a right to choose whether or not they will receive the jab. For Mohler and SBTS, the foundational right to religious freedom is at stake.

He spoke to the media on Friday, saying,

It is unacceptable for the government to force religious institutions to become coercive extensions of state power…The larger issue here for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is religious liberty. And on that we take our stand.