Drawing a Line in the Sand
Stipulations: First, I respectfully request that any and all future communications regarding my request for a Religious Accommodation exemption to the COVID injection mandate, whether initiated by Locke & Steppe* or any third~party agent, be in writing. Second, I respectfully object to being asked or required to explain or expound upon my sincerely held religious beliefs as a condition of employment. Such requirement violates numerous provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including, but not limited to the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Locke & Steppe, in acting as an actual or constructive agent of federal and/or state actors with respect to COVID injection “mandates”, becomes subject to and is constrained by provisions of the U.S. Constitution and other applicable laws limiting governmental authority. Further, requiring me to explain my sincerely held religious beliefs to obtain a Religious Accommodation exemption or to maintain employment, and any employer~sponsored test or assessment of my beliefs, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which specifically prohibits discrimination by an employer based on an employee’s religion.
Subject to and without waiving the foregoing objections, and in compliance with the application process as described by Locke & Steppe, I hereby submit my Religious Accommodation exemption request based on the following grounds (which are not necessarily exhaustive):
Ground 1: It is my sincerely held Christian religious belief that my body is a temple, created by God, to be held inviolate of substances that would modify the makeup or intended functionality of same.
The Psalmist, in praising God, attests: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13~16)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19~20) “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)
The mRNA COVID injections presently authorized by the FDA for emergency use, and the as~yet unavailable Pfizer~BioNTech Comirnaty mRNA COVID injection allegedly approved by the FDA, are intended to, do actually, or foreseeably might alter the makeup or functionality of human cells. Accordingly, and based on my sincerely held religious beliefs, I will not take any COVID injection or any other such substance that defiles the temple of my body or that alters the natural, God~given physical substance and/or functionality of same.
Ground 2: It is my sincerely held religious belief that the COVID injection mandate, whether imposed by a governmental actor, an employer, or any agent of same, violates my natural, God~given right to Liberty.
In declaring our independence from tyrannical rule, our Founding Fathers proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be self~evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, ¶2) The Declaration’s primary author, Thomas Jefferson, later observed: "The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
The Founders’ conviction, that Liberty is an unalienable natural right bestowed by God the Creator, comports with and is largely based upon the Christian doctrine and my sincerely held religious belief that: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
The COVID injection mandate negates my natural, God~given, and unalienable right to Liberty of conscience, of choice, and of bodily autonomy. Accordingly, and based on my sincerely held religious beliefs, I will not submit to any such violation of my Liberty.
Ground 3: The COVID injection mandates and the systems being implemented in the United States and abroad to mark and track persons and to permit or prohibit economic activity based on injection status smack of the worldly, evil, and all~encompassing economic/commerce control system described in Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation. Based on my sincerely held Christian religious beliefs, I will not participate in the COVID injection and/or tracking program or system.
Ground 4: Each of the COVID injections currently available was developed using fetal tissue cell lines (specifically, HEK293 and/or PER.C6) originating from aborted fetuses. James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. and David Prentice, Ph.D. (May 6, 2020). “An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs”. Charlotte Lozier Institute. Retrieved from https://lozierinstitute.org/an-ethics-assessment-of-covid-19-vaccine-programs/ and https://lozierinstitute.org/update-covid-19-vaccine-candidates-and-abortion-derived-cell-lines/ .
Receiving, for my purported benefit, an injection developed from an aborted fetus would make me morally complicit in unjustifiable homicide, in acts abhorrent to human life, and in violations of the laws of God, including, but not limited to Exodus 20:13 (“You shall not murder.”), Mark 12:31 (“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”), and Psalm 127:3 (“Children are indeed a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.”). Accordingly, and based upon my sincerely held religious beliefs, I will not receive any injection developed using an aborted human baby.
For the foregoing reasons (individually or collectively), and based upon my sincerely held religious beliefs, I cannot and will not take any of the COVID injections being mandated. I will look forward to hearing from Locke & Steppe on the Religious Accommodation exemption herein requested.
R. Wyn Young, Esq.
Notes: "Locke & Steppe" is, of course, a sardonic pseudonym. The foregoing statement DOES NOT constitute legal advice. It is simply what I will declare, on my own behalf, if and when I file a religious accommodation exemption request with an employer. In the event that never happens, I am publicly stating my position on the matter, here, and now.