Exceptions to Vaccination Requirements (Religious Exemptions)

by | Apr 18, 2022 | Religious Liberty

Are You Facing a Workplace Ultimatum for Medical Mandates? 

 

Here’s a quick guide to retaining your bodily autonomy.

When you’re faced with this extraordinary “choice” in modern America, this is your best and most effective option forward.

Employers have very little recourse but to grant your exception/exemption according to several federal and state laws (more at the bottom of this article, named LAWS):

1st Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

State Constitutions grant the same, in different words.  For example:

NJ Constitution:

“No person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; nor under any pretense whatever be compelled to attend any place of worship contrary to his faith and judgment; nor shall any person be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for building or repairing any church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right or has deliberately and voluntarily engaged to perform.

There shall be no establishment of one religious sect in preference to another; no religious or racial test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust.”

 

Furthermore, Faith is defined as “any deep or sincerely held belief with the strength of traditional religious values” according to revised section 1605 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Read the law, here.

So, when your boss says, “You must meet the federal government’s mandate of full V-status by XYZ date or face termination,” you can do something about it!  More evidence that the God who set us free for eternity through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is the same who sets us free on earth!  Praise God!

Here’s what to do:

COLLECT INFO

Unless and until they make a written request for workplace/school/organization-wide V-status, do nothing. But once they announce their requirement for V-status, testing and/or masking, proceed with the following and don’t hesitate to ask us for help:

Request, in writing, about who will be making the exception for your religious rights as required by law. Make this request to the highest authority within the structure from which you’re seeking this accommodation. If your state allows, audio record any exchanges. Check your state laws, some do not have a 1-party consent clause (NJ does!). Keep a copy of every exchange in a physical file folder. You don’t have to answer any questions if you are put on the spot. Ask that they submit any questions in writing. Ask if they have an internal form you should use and if they require clergy signature or notarization (this is totally illegal but its fun to see how much they want to throw their weight around — the section 1605 of the CRA, mentioned above, clarifies you do not need clergy to sign off on YOUR FAITH). Ask if there is any reason they would refuse to accommodate your needs, which are required by the laws mentioned in our Sample.

 

DRAFT YOUR LETTER

Once you have the above questions answered, you can provide the necessary documents to the necessary recipients. Do not bring up science, whatsoever, when writing your own letter. Stick to your inalienable religious rights as guaranteed by the Constitution, Civil Rights Act, EEOC and NJLAD. When you make your request for accommodation, be specific about which accommodations you need; work from home, change location, switch hours, normal work environment and no special accommodations, etc. Avoid using the term exemption when writing/speaking. What they’re doing is plainly unconstitutional, you don’t need to be “exempted” from unconstitutional mandates. Stand firm on your religious rights as well as the federal and state documents that guarantee those rights to you.

 

WAIT FOR THEIR ACTION (you’ve done your part)

Never resign and never accept “voluntary resignation” either. If they reject your request for accommodation, you can appeal to several entities and we suggest you’d also then hire a Constitutional lawyer. You do not have to be tested, be masked or be injected to keep your job – don’t let them fool you! If you face any retaliatory discrimination, report it immediately.

 

 

 

 


 

 

SAMPLE

God’s Holy Laws forbids us from desecrating the living Temple of the Holy Spirit; both our eternal souls and our corporeal bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  Our bodies were made in his image (Genesis 1:27) and to alter or breach our bodies in any way, including covering any part of our faces, allowing invasive testing or accepting any form of man-made immunizations into or onto our bodies would be immoral.  Such acts are contrary to our deep and sincerely held religious convictions.  As Bible observant Christians, we are constrained to reject all medical mandates and policies from any human authority.  Our protection comes from God alone.

  • Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

  • Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

  • Leviticus: 19:19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen [plant] and woolen [animal] come upon thee.

  • Psalm 139:13-16 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 

 

LAW

Additionally, our legal rights are guaranteed by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, as well as N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 (NJLAD) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on basis of religion.

These laws require an employee make accommodation for your religious convictions so long as it does not impose “undue hardship” on the employer.

You do not need to belong to a church NOR does your church’s doctrine need to match your personal beliefs. This was cemented in 1980 as an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It essentially allowed atheists to use the term “religious beliefs” when meaning deeply held tenants. The Commission defined religious practices to include moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views. You don’t need to be in an organized religion to have a deep belief which governs how you live your life.

 

 

 

This is not legal advice and there is no guarantee that your Constitutional rights will be respected and upheld by the organization in question. It does not come with any further advice or counsel, though you are welcome to follow our Ministry’s activities on social media, our webinars and join our email list for more education on the topic. We seek to empower you and pray that you’ll also educate others on their God-given rights.

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