Professor Barry McDonald Quoted in "Understanding Religious Exemptions" -- World Magazine
Professor Barry P. McDonald is quoted in the World article, " Understanding Religious Exemptions." The article examines the legal issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Excerpts from "Understanding Religious Exemptions"
For those working for the federal, state, or local government, what determines whether an employer will grant a religious exemption? Legally, a constitutional law analysis will apply. The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Courts have interpreted the word "religion" to mean a sincerely held belief. "You have to demonstrate you have a system of moral or ethical beliefs that are important to your life," said Barry McDonald, a constitutional law professor at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.
Ultimately, the employers will be the ones tasked with discerning if an individual's religious belief is asserted in good faith, McDonald said.
The complete article, authored by Pepperdine Caruso Law alumna Jenny Rough (JD '99), may be found at World News Group.