A second, detailed primer on drafting Religious Accommodation requests, including a complete sample letter from me, and answers to the new, improved government-standard ones that are popping up now.
The RA section was interesting. I'm not sure how it would work for me. Though I do have great faith and I study often, I am not church-going. My point of belief is that the name of God is written into our genetic material. I would not want to do anything that would interfere with that. It would be better to die in this life than to jeopardize my eternal soul. When those mRNA vaccines rewrite our genetic material, do they erase the name of God in us? Would I want to take that chance? Besides, makers of gene-modifying medicines are already claiming patent rights to the DNA of their patients. My own daughter had such a document from the maker of an experimental drug, claiming ownership to her DNA. So I know for certain that this is done. If I took one of the COVID vaccines, who would claim ownership of me? That is something I could only allow God to do.
QUESTION NO. 5: “Based on your understanding, does everyone who holds your religious belief(s) oppose COVID-19 vaccination? Please explain.
Me: “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask them”.
After my husband sent in his religious exemption letter, they responded with a questionnaire. I guess that means he made it past the first test. The questionnaire really pushes you on how you plan on keeping others safe from Covid, if your exemption is approved. They slip it into three different questions. It’s like they are trying to draw you away from stating your religious beliefs, and into stating the jab isn’t very effective anyway. Or, something along those lines. It is all very stressful.
Can you please explain "except for the lack of long-term safety data, which is inarguable"? Are you suggesting that one not argue based upon the lack of long-term safety data? If so, why not?
This is a fun question, found on my form: "Would receiving a COVID-19 vaccine interfere with your ability to practice your religion? If so, please explain." I basically answered that I live my religion 24/7 and that 'interfere' is defined as 'in opposition to', thus receiving an injection, based on my witness from Holy Spirit, would be in opposition to the answer to my prayers.
I just submitted a religious exemption as my company has given a December 8th mandate for covid vaccination. The verbiage on the submittal has me doubtful if they will even grant one.
Does anyone have any legal contacts? Do I have grounds to file a lawsuit if my exemption doesn't work out?
I certify that receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is against my sincerely held religious beliefs. I understand that ****** may need to obtain supporting documentation regarding my religious practice and beliefs to further evaluate this accommodation request. I verify that the information I am submitting is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that any falsified information can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of my employment. I further understand that the ****** is not required to provide this accommodation if doing so would pose a direct threat to myself or others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the company.
Thank you for the information and guidance on the RA's. I'm preparing mine now as my employer, a large grocery chain, is beginning the process of requiring all employees, even those of us who are still working from home, to be vaccinated. Two people in my dept turned theirs in and will have to renew them January. Does anyone know if unemployment is being denied for people who are being terminated for not complying with the unlawful vaccine mandate?
The unpardonable sin is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, not to grieve Him. (Matthew 12:31-32)