Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) stepped in it a bit after tweeting about a news report indicating the Vatican may fire employees who don’t get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The 25-year-old wrote, “This doesn’t sound legal… One shouldn’t be forced against their will to be vaccinated. The vaccination is there for those who want it, and are in need of it due to medical vulnerabilities.”
This doesn’t sound legal…
One shouldn’t be forced against their will to be vaccinated.
The vaccination is there for those who want it, and are in need of it due to medical vulnerabilities. https://t.co/fCUXBOhef5
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) February 18, 2021
Folks were quick to note the irony that the conservative lawmaker defends the concept of “religious liberty” wherein churches make their own rules about how to go about business.
As one commenter wrote, “This will age well when he demands religious organizations be allowed to fire people for who they have sex with.”
Plus, the Vatican being a sovereign state, it fall outside of Cawthorn’s North Carolina congressional district.
Sir, you are aware the Vatican is a sovereign city state, governed by an absolute monarch? It's not governed by American law, let alone wingnut cosplay law.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 19, 2021
This will age well when he demands religious organizations be allowed to fire people for who they have sex with.
— Shane (@skk_74) February 19, 2021
I see you're unfamiliar with geography
— Joshua Grotheer (@joshuagrotheer) February 19, 2021
So let me get this straight: Religious entities have the absolute right to prohibit employment based on sexuality, gender identity, marriage-status, and pro-choice views. But they absolutely have no right to require that staff partake in the life-saving end to a global pandemic.
— Bill (@billdahab) February 19, 2021
Don’t you represent North Carolina. Pretty sure the Vatican is out of your jurisdiction!
— Manisha Sinha (@ProfMSinha) February 19, 2021
Hopefully this helps clarify the reason the Vatican's laws seem strange to you pic.twitter.com/Ds4hE1WVP2
— rez – 🔞 (@dilfhunterdabi) February 19, 2021
I don’t know whether to go with “that’s not our country, hon” or “oops, freedom of religion.”
— Kate 🐌🐳🖋📬 (@Equivo_Kate) February 19, 2021