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jaynap1 [S] 55 points ago +56 / -1

The text I used for those so inclined to draw inspiration from it:

To whom it may concern:

_____________ asked me to provide a statement to support his/her religious objection to receiving the Covid-19 vaccination in its current forms. As a pastor and clergy licensed with the WV Secretary of State and ordained by a council of like minded Baptist pastors, I am happy to do so.

In regards to Christian beliefs, I first direct you to Romans chapter 14. The book of Romans is the home of Christian “fundamentals” in the New Testament, showing the path to salvation (referred to often as the Romans Road), and advice to both new believers and mature Christians to guide their walk in faith. It is here we find our first legitimate basis for a religious objection.

Romans 14:5 reads, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” This is recognition by the Apostle Paul that each person holds a unique set of values. Some things are simply more important to you than they are to me. Our value system is underscored by basic morality and the belief that directly harming others is wrong. Things such as violence, murder, lying about someone, or stealing from them is accepted as wrong by peoples of all faith. There are, however, “gray” areas. Is it wrong to take the last shopping cart at the grocery store as 3 more people walk in behind you? Maybe inconsiderate, but morally wrong? Most would say no, some may say yes.

In regard to these gray areas, Paul writes in Romans 14:23, “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Paul is stating that if your conscience tells you something is wrong then it should be avoided. If there is no explicit law or commandment against something then your conscience is to be your guide. For Christians, our conscience is to be led by the Holy Spirit and His influence. This doesn’t make our judgment infallible - we are all imperfect people. To this end, Paul states in Romans 14:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Ultimately we will stand before God and give an account of our lives, including the decisions we have made based on our conscience.

These, though, are broad objections. There is a specific objection to be made as a matter of faith.

In Jeremiah 1:5, the text reads “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” This gives us an indication that God has a plan for our lives and knows us even before we are formed. It stands to reason then that upon the moment of conception, life begins. This is the basis for the pro life beliefs that so many Christians hold fast to. It is not a cliche, we believe that abortion is the equivalent to taking a life. It is murder.

In Matthew 19:14, Jesus is quoted as saying “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” There is a value in all life; here Jesus specifically refers to the life of a child.

The fact is that Covid vaccines are built using data gathered from aborted children. Data from “HEK-293” was used in multiple vaccines, and is a cell line gathered from a healthy baby girl who was aborted. There have been claims that “PER.C6” was also used, which is a cell line taken from the retina of a healthy baby boy who was aborted. While we understand these are not ingredients in the vaccines themselves, they were used for testing purposes and data gathering.

Referring back to Romans in chapter 3 and verse 8, Paul writes that we should never do evil in an attempt to achieve good. He says those that do so are deserving of the damnation that comes to them. If we hold true to the belief that abortion is murder, we should not look to those murders to benefit us by means of a drug that may or may not protect us from an illness.

I hope this letter has provided clarity and insight regarding the beliefs which allow for a legitimate objection to a vaccine mandate.

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markolbb 22 points ago +22 / -0

Doing God's work. I still think "exceptions" are bullshit, but we do what we have to do in these trying times.

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AppalachianTactical 4 points ago +4 / -0

Hmmmm.. I work in WV sometime.

I may need to hit you up. We will see how it goes.

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thehacker4channel 1 point ago +1 / -0

This is great. Thank you for this.

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DCdeplorable 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thanks for sharing. Based pastor is 100% based!

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223_Liberty_Tree 1 point ago +1 / -0

just gave this to my dad as he is claiming the same things at his hospital job

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jaynap1 [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

I hope it helps!

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ShadowPatriot21 53 points ago +53 / -0

That’s huge actually. More people need to take this route. In clown world sometimes you have to fight with balloon swords.

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TexasPiper 15 points ago +15 / -0

Fucking lul

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kastmaster2000 12 points ago +12 / -0

And my abnormally large rubber shoe!!

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Pelositasteslikedust 17 points ago +17 / -0

Link to the statement? I've got this coming up.

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jaynap1 [S] 13 points ago +14 / -1

I wrote my own.

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CovefefeREEEE 9 points ago +9 / -0

Nice work, pede. Would you mind posting the text? I have a friend going through this right now.

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jaynap1 [S] 9 points ago +9 / -0

Just posted it in the comments here

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CovefefeREEEE 6 points ago +6 / -0

Thank you, brother.

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DCdeplorable 6 points ago +6 / -0

Care to share the top-level argument you used? Curious what is effective

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jaynap1 [S] 7 points ago +7 / -0

Just posted it in these comments

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GhostOfMyFormerSelf 3 points ago +3 / -0

I'm a bit disappointed that you didn't slip a "heckin' vaxarino" in the middle somewhere.

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Toobin247 2 points ago +2 / -0

Are they healthcare workers?

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jaynap1 [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yes.

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MuhNameJeff 14 points ago +14 / -0

God is good! 🙌

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jaynap1 [S] 12 points ago +12 / -0

All the time

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destroyer713 12 points ago +12 / -0

I went Religious exemption at my work, but they came up with their own form that required a doctor's signature. So I had a buddy who is a doc sign it. Now he hits me up a couple times a week with gloom and doom about Covid and how I need to get vaxxed. He hit up again this morning after Pfizer was FDA approved. It's not like the process was rushed or anything, right?

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jaynap1 [S] 6 points ago +6 / -0

Just posted the text I used in the comments here

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dorsalmorsel 6 points ago +6 / -0

Dang the take away that aborted harvested fetal tissue was used to develop all three vaccines was a new one on me

https://www.newsweek.com/covid-19-vaccines-fetal-tissue-science-controversy-explained-1575863

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chahn1138 5 points ago +5 / -0

Two Lives SAVED? Yes, that is something!

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Gatchya 5 points ago +5 / -0

You are a true patriot, sir.

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Awakened 5 points ago +5 / -0

Well done fren!

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UltraFrogMan 3 points ago +3 / -0

Its a lot. Good job

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Dialectic 3 points ago +3 / -0

Look at this superhero

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BASEDPEDE 3 points ago +3 / -0

Well done pede.

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TurdeauStinks 3 points ago +3 / -0

Ya good job dude! I’m in Canada and it seems like they are gonna start mandating it in September to me so I’m hoping I can get a religious exemption for being Catholic. However if you have any points to post that might be helpful from what you wrote please do!

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PepesMom 3 points ago +3 / -0

OP posted his letter above. I think Catholics especially should lean on the participation in evil with regards to abortion and fetal cell line. Keep fighting the good fight, Catholic pede.

St. John Paul the Great, pray for us.

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Lol_Garrus 2 points ago +2 / -0

It's good holding action, if I were them, I'd start looking elsewhere that wont require it to begin with.

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ChikfilaFan 2 points ago +2 / -0

You've served your country well!

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KingToasty 2 points ago +2 / -0

Doing God's work

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Kmc2 1 point ago +1 / -0

Congratulations!

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Spanishkay 1 point ago +1 / -0

Bless you!