Re: Religious Jab Exemptions
There seems to be many people confused about what a religious vax exemption is, and worried that if a religious leader or certain denomination is for the jab, that they won't "issue" the exemptions. That's a very common mistaken belief, even among Catholics, but it's not accurate.
Here's how it works. No priest, no bishop, no pope or church has any authority to "issue you" a so-called religious exemption. According to the EEOC, a religious exemption is something that you invoke yourself, according to the dictates of your conscience. It's right on the EEOC website, here's the link: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/section-12-religious-discrimination#h_9546543277761610748655186
And actually, the EEOC says that you don't even have to be a member of any organized religion in order to invoke your religious exemption, so people should quit worrying about the church's "501c3" status or what the pope thinks about the jab, or anything like that.
Whether an employer honors the law regarding religious exemptions is another matter. If not, they should be challenged. If that's the case, America's Frontline Doctors advises people not to quit: https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/do-not-quit-your-job/
We are Catholic & my my relatives works for the state of CA in the medical field; they invoked a religious cv19 vax exemption, and was approved. I have the copy. Our good Latin Mass priest signed a letter for them, (which can serve as 'corroborating evidence' if requested) but it was not even asked for. Only their signature was required.
The management sent out an email to employees this week that stated that all medical and religious jab exemptions will be honored unless notified otherwise by management. My relative reports that at least 50% of their co-workers have refused the jab, and that there already is a staffing shortage crisis, so they don't expect any mass firings over this. There are also a lot of good anti-mandate folks in management for these facilities, and this is in Southern California. 🙏🏻
Lastly, as the great Catholic Bishop Athanasius Schneider states on the Religious Exemptions letters that he signs,
"4. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Guidance on the protection of sincere religious beliefs states, it does not matter whether one’s sincere religious belief happens to correspond to that of any denomination or that it might even contradict the teaching of one’s denomination. What matters is that one has a sincere religious belief, which I do, concerning the immorality of recourse to abortion-derived vaccines. To quote the EEOC’s Guidance document in the Code of Federal Regulations:
The fact that no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not accept such belief will not determine whether the belief is a religious belief of the employee or prospective employee….
Also, I am aware that the United States Supreme Court has held that “[W]e reject the notion that to claim the protection of the Free Exercise Clause, one must be responding to the commands of a particular religious organization.” Frazee v. Illinois Dep’t of Emp. Sec., 489 U.S. 829, 834, 109 S. Ct. 1514, 1517–18, 103 L. Ed. 2d 914 (1989)(emphasis added).
In other words, it is the law of the land that my personal religious belief against vaccination does not have to be supported by any particular religious organization, not even the Church to which I belong. I do not have to show that any particular religion positively forbids me to take a COVID-19 vaccine. My personal religious belief forbids me."
Bishop Schneider's apostolate will email you an official certificate with your name on it, within 24 hours. 😇🙏🏻
Sign up here: https://www.livefatima.io/exemption/
I have a list of religious exemption letters here: https://nofacemask.blogspot.com/2021/09/covid-19-vaccine-catholic-religious.html
ALSO: Pope Francis signed & agreed to this, pay attention:
"5. At the same time, ❗❗practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. ❗❗Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent. In particular, they must avoid any risk to the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons, and who are the most vulnerable."
The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, at the Audience granted to the undersigned Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on 17 December 2020, examined the present Note and ordered its publication.
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on 21 December 2020, Liturgical Memorial of Saint Peter Canisius.
Luis F. Card. Ladaria, S.I. Prefect
+ S.E. Mons. Giacomo Morandi Titular Archbishop of Cerveteri Secretary