So, Birmingham-Southern College is going to get away with it, aren’t they?
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has made it pretty clear that there is a clear violation of Alabama law when the school’s leadership created a cutesy work-around that would charge all students for COVID-19 protocols and then rebate those who are vaccinated.
The media has praised this violation of the law, much like they have praised President Joe Biden’s clearly illegal eviction moratorium, applauded a judge who allowed vaccine passports for cruises, and supported school systems in Florida and Texas defying their governors’ bans on masks in schools.
What is frustrating for those who think that vaccines are a personal choice, one I basically jumped the line to make, is that people should not be bullied into making medical decisions.
Should they listen to the evidence that the vaccines limits infections, hospitalizations and deaths? Yes.
But the law passed by the Alabama Legislature was intended to forbid private and public schools from forcing students into a situation of injecting a relatively new, non-FDA-approved vaccine into their bodies.
Unfortunately, the law passed by the Alabama Legislature lacks an enforcement mechanism that is able to cajole this school into doing what the law requires.
Marshall told WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” on Tuesday that his office is essentially stuck between a rock and a hard place on the issue. They have noted that BSC is breaking the law but they can’t do anything about it.
His office’s role is to offer “guidance” to the college, letting them know they are in the wrong
But all is not lost. Marshall makes it clear that one way his office can help is if a student files a lawsuit against the school.
“[I]t gives [the state] the opportunity to be able weigh-in, as well, about not only to our positions we have already advanced but to be able to flesh those out to apply in that particular setting,” Marshall advised.
To summarize, a student must seek an injunction of the college’s $500 vaccination rebate scheme, and the AG’s office could enter the fray with assistance in the form of amicus briefs.
Unfortunately, most Americans are starting to turn against the unvaccinated. They will likely start supporting more mandates and further misuse of government power to control behavior.
Birmingham-Southern knows this. Any student or group that pops up to challenge the institution will certainly face mainstream media, social media and institutional blowback.
The legislation passed obviously is lacking. The legislature should fix it, or they essentially did nothing.