(Republican Party News) – Ever since the COVID-19 vaccines have begun being required by colleges, hospitals, and governments, employees of such entities have begun filing their medical and religious exemptions.
In the past, a medical or religious exemption was just that: an exemption. It did not require the approval of an employer or school and employers and schools never possessed the authority to give or deny approval.
Now that we are living in the post-COVID days, however, it seems that schools and employers have given themselves the authority to evaluate students’ and employees’ medical or religious exemptions.
Apparently, a doctor’s professional opinion is nothing compared to the wisdom of a school board, manager, director, or dean and those deeply held religious beliefs? Well, no one gets to determine their own beliefs unless it’s approved by work or school, of course.
Methodist Health System in Texas has been firing dozens of workers for refusing to take the experimental COVID vaccines and is threatening to continue on their firing spree if employees refuse to comply.
The good news is, they are now facing legal scrutiny as a letter has been sent accusing officials in the corporation of denying workers their right to religious exemptions because they believe the “wrong things.”
Methodist Health System Unlawfully Denies Religious Exemptions
Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to MHS on behalf of four employees and numerous others regarding its unlawful denials of religious exemptions for the COVID shot mandates.https://t.co/mPrwLcV8UQ pic.twitter.com/WdTRaXFrLX
— Liberty Counsel (@libertycounsel) September 7, 2021
The letter was sent by Liberty Counsel and suggests that the medical care company better stick to legal reasons for denying exemption requests based on religion or risk ending up in court.
The letter demands that Methodist Health System preserve all records in case that happens.
“Methodist Health System cannot violate federal and state law and deny employees’ religious exemptions to inject a drug into their body. Health care heroes should not be treated like zeros. Do these hospitals really think that they can operate by reducing so many staff that are entitled to make a personal choice based upon their religious beliefs?” said Liberty Counsel chief Mat Staver. “These irrational mandates will soon cause a national health care crisis because of the reduction of health care workers.”
Methodist has ordered its employees to be vaccinated by October 1 and exemptions based on religious beliefs must be received by Sept. 10. Liberty Counsel claims, however, that the hospital is rejecting nearly all the requests.
The hospital has been rejecting requests if employees are part of a denomination that holds a different position than they do and if workers have received other vaccinations in the past.
“The four employees represented by Liberty Counsel submitted religious exemptions because of their sincere religious beliefs regarding the undeniable association between COVID-19 injections and aborted fetal cell lines. All three of the currently available COVID injections are produced by, derived from, manufactured with, tested on, developed with, or otherwise connected to or associated with aborted fetal cell lines,” Liberty Counsel said.
All four of their exemption requests were rejected.
“Texas law dictates that employees at Methodist Health System have the fundamental right to determine what medical care to accept and refuse. It also protects the rights of all health care workers to abstain from participation in abortion. In addition, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act requires employers to accommodate employees’ sincere religious beliefs,” Liberty Counsel explained.
Further, “The COVID shots cannot be mandatory under authorization of emergency use (EUA). On March 27, 2020, the Health and Human Services (HHS) declared that circumstances exist justifying the EUA of drugs and biological products for COVID-19. That means people must be told the risks and benefits, and they have the right to decline a medication that is not fully licensed. All of the COVID-19 shots (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) have received only EUA authorization and not full FDA approval.”
And, the letter explains, Methodist could be violating Title VII, a federal law, because “It is unlawful for an employer: ‘(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or (2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.'”
The letter is to Methodist CEO James Scoggin Jr., lawyer Michael Price, and others, and it explains the hospital, and its officials, are “not permitted to judge the validity or reasonableness of any employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“And given MHS’s barely concealed animus towards the religious beliefs of its employees, any employee who would risk MHS’s retaliation by making a religious exemption request should be presumed sincere, and the law requires it,” the letter warned.
The Supreme Court has in the past stated that “religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others…” just sincere, therefore the hospital, nor any other employer in America, has the right to reject exemptions based on religious reasons.
The vaccine mandates are not about health or safety. It’s all about control. Do not comply.
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