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Sure enough, my employer (the Federal government) has come up with a draft/template "form" that we're going to be required to fill out to request exemption:
REQUEST FOR A RELIGIOUS EXCEPTION TO THE COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
Government-wide policy requires all Federal employees as defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2105 to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with exceptions only as required by law. In certain circumstances, Federal law may entitle a Federal employee who has a religious objection to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to an exception from that requirement, in which case the employee would instead comply with alternative health and safety protocols. The Federal Government is committed to respecting the important legal protections for religious liberty. The purpose of this form is to determine whether you may be eligible for an exception.
To be eligible for a possible exception, you must first establish that your refusal to be vaccinated is based upon a sincere belief that is religious in nature. A refusal to be vaccinated does not qualify for an exception if it is based upon personal preference, concerns about the possible effects of the vaccine, or political opinions.
In order to request a religious exception, please fill out this form. The agency may ask for other
information as needed to determine if you are legally entitled to an exception.
Signing this form constitutes a declaration that the information you provide is, to the best of your knowledge and ability, true and correct. Any intentional misrepresentation to the Federal Government may result in legal consequences, including termination or removal from Federal Service.
1. Please describe the nature of your objection to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
2. Would complying with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement substantially burden your religious exercise? If so, please explain how.
3. How long have you held the religious belief underlying your objection?
4. Please describe whether, as an adult, you have received any vaccines against any other diseases (such as a flu vaccine or a tetanus vaccine) and, if so, what vaccine you most recently received and when, to the best of your recollection.
5. If you do not have a religious objection to the use of all vaccines, please explain why your objection is limited to particular vaccines.
6. If there are any other medicines or products that you do not use because of the religious belief
underlying your objection, please identify them.
7. Please provide any additional information that you think may be helpful in reviewing your request.
I declare to the best of my knowledge and ability that the foregoing is true and correct.
Wonderful! I wish the world would read this!
Spies everywhere..........seems like the FBICIA is running the world. The PuppetMasters. The ZooKeepers of the DeepState.
I believe my employer is definitely gathering information with exemption forms this year. In a recent notice from my employer, they state that all exemption requests are due by Oct. 15th. There is no limit to the number of times we can submit an exemption request (???), but the deadline is Nov. 1st to have an approved exemption. And get this, they are not making final decisions on requests until after all requests are received (Oct 15th) "to ensure consistency and fairness in the process". My thoughts, this sounds like information gathering and a lottery. They also say that if the exemption is denied, we are non compliant unless we get jabbed. I suspect the intent is to maybe approve a few and deny a lot and leave no time for anyone to dispute the decision. And this was just a small part of their two page message full of illogical horse apples.
I was thinking the same thing you were at the end of this.... Here's the perfect opportunity to witness !
If a firm does not have a vaccine mandate, is it legal for them to request employees to submit a religious accommodation request?
If the form that they give you is short and only requires your signature and a pastor signature with no fill in the blanks, do you recommend only submitting this? Or do you recommend submitting extra information?