I have read a number of employee "religious exemption" vaccination opt-out letters online. Any religious exemption letter must take into account the fact that 50 percent of an urban jury in America today might be atheist, agnostic, or anti-Christian. Because I don't find anything that I have read very persuasive, I am posting this. I believe what I have posted below is both persuasive and an effective Christian apologetic.
Whenever one's communication could be "Exhibit A" in a lawsuit it is very important to be persuasive. Persuasiveness requires FIRST connecting with the reader/jury on a visceral level that is non-ideological. Once this connection is made, only then can we communicate what we "see." First, connection. Second, communicate view/picture. Third, lead into the light. Beginning with ideology or polemic statements is a recipe for failure. This is persuasion 101. Although the letter below may not save your job, it is both persuasive and authentic. If you sue, it will be an excellent and very persuasive Exhibit A. It does not pound the reader over the head with Bible verses and does not mention abortion or fetal tissue. Yet at the same time is is uncompromising, epistemologically sound, and truthful.
That makes it a winner.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you for your suggestion that I get vaccinated. For the reasons outlined below, I cannot receive the vaccination that you suggest. Based on the contents of this letter I respectfully request that you make your best efforts to accommodate me and retain me as an employee as together we now enter the process of determining what is a reasonable accommodation going forward (the "Accommodation Process").
The reasons that I cannot receive the vaccination you suggest are:
1. Authority and Risk. I find no legal or moral authority that would allow you, as an employer, to require me to submit to an experimental drug treatment as a condition of my employment. If you are aware of authority that allows you and/or any goverment to require me to submit to a request to allow an invasion of my body with a drug treatment and experimental drug product for which I bear all the risk and the seller/purveyor of the product bears no risk and has legal immunity, please provide this authority. If you are unwilling to assume the risk that the vaccine sellers refuse to accept, please explain why you will not accept this risk.
If you are able to provide some authority for your vaccine request, in your response also please explain how and why your authority applies to the present situation. All data that I have seen indicates that the mortality risk--the IFR, the Infection to Fatality Ratio--relative to the 2020 seasonal flu (aka Covid-19) is no different than any other prior seasonal flu.
2. Informed Consent. My conscience, world view, and value system inform me that I cannot consent to an intrusion into my body without fully knowing the risks. The risks of getting the 2020 seasonal flu (aka Covid-19) are known and negligible for all demographics. This is the IFR referred to above. Please additionally note that the IFR may overstate the known risk because the PCR test used to identify the 2020 seasonal flu (aka Covid-19) is an inductive, not deductive, test in which the sample is mixed with other genetic material and does not isolate the allegedly harmful virus. Further PCR "results" are magnified as many as 45x to determine the presence of some genetic material (in a soup of genetic material) that correlates with (does not cause) the 2020 seasonal flu (aka Covid-19). The existing PCR tests therefore do not satisfy Koch's Postulate which requires: (1) complete isolation of danger/bacteria/virus; and (2) defintive and reproducable proof of causation (factor A produces result B).
The risks associated with the vaccine you request, on the other hand, are largely unknown and may be unknowable for many years. Many esteemed doctors and health professionals advise against accepting the vaccine. In addtion, there are many anecdotal adverse outcomes associated with the vaccines. These include Guillain-Barre Syndrome (paralysis) and myocarditis. Because we do not know whether or how many recipients of the experimental vaccines are receiving placebos and because adverse outcomes may develop many years down the road, it is impossible to assess the total risk associated with taking the vaccine. Meanwhile the vaccine sellers, who presumably have done some testing and are aware of the risk, refuse to accept the risk and demand legal immunity from risk.
Informed consent in these circumstances is thus impossible.
3. Epistemology. Epistemology is the question of "what can man know and how can he know it?" All epistemological questions ultimately boil down to the question of "who is in charge here?" and lead to the dualistic choice of whether our timespace experience is under the control of men or a Sovereign God. Your vaccine request, for which I am very grateful because it has caused me to ask these questions, has also led me to conclude that I am better to put my fate in the hand of the Triune God I believe in than I am to putting it in the hands of shamelessly dishonest and self-interested men.
All of the points above are reflected in various constitutions, laws, statutes, and the Nuremberg Code. I say "reflected in" because I do not rely primarily on law or "rights" scrivened by man for my position. My position is based on an epistemolgical worldview--God is in charge here. If there are laws that accord with this worldview and you believe that such laws require that you cooperate with me, then please follow such laws. This will benefit both of us.
Again, I thank you for your vaccine request and look forward to working together in the Accommodation Process.