The following is from the religious accommodation request I submitted to my employer:
1. Please describe the nature of your objection to the COVID-19 vaccination
I have a fundamental religious objection to any person or entity demanding that I accept involuntary and unknown medical procedures for which I do not consent. This is a violation of my conscience as a human being, a violation of God’s ownership of my own body and an illegitimate specific demand. The coercive “executive order” is illegitimate as it reduces all persons to but chattel of the claiming authority (in this case the Biden administration). Since I am scientifically unfamiliar with the substance and method of production, I cannot render an informed consent on the goodness of the substance (aka “vaccine”) other than understanding it is not milk or wheat or apples are any natural thing we all know as food. Asking a person to “trust the science” is a religious demand. As a Christian, I trust in God. Pedantic, droning, and overbearing demands to “trust the science” has become recently a cultish dogma used to shame people into submission — this I cannot and will not do. This substance (the vaccine) is new with no long term testing, and the government and industry have created a moving target of what “vaccinated” means. Is it one jab? Two? With a followup shot? Maybe yearly? Every six months? Will the substance in the vaccine change? Will “Covid” change? This coerced “requirement” is open ended and changing even at this early stage. It is not clear what “vaccinated” will mean in the future either for frequency of injections nor the substances in the injections. The employer and government demand a completely open ended submission to both frequency and content of injection; they are utterly opaque with regards to what future iterations of a “vaccine” may consist of. As a matter of conscience and religion I am utterly forbidden from yielding coerced unlimited submission to anyone other that God regardless of convenience.
2. Would complying with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement substantially burden your religious exercise? If so, please explain how.
The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. My body is created and owned by God. No government or employer has a right to demand unlimited bodily submission.
Coerced submission is either slaver or rape.
Moses, King David, Peter, and Paul resisted the forced submission of their own bodies to illegitimate demands of (legitimate) authorities. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego all refused to obey laws, orders, and decrees that were, according to their own conscience, illegitimate. None of them claimed, in total, that the governing authority itself was illegitimate, and yet when the specific demand/coercion of that government was not legitimate and they refused to comply. Compliance in those cases would have been treason toward God. Such is the requirement of Christians in the face of tyranny — illegitimate demands from otherwise legitimate authorities — and the “vaccine requirement” is outrageously iilegitmate in my eyes, by my conscience, and by example in the Holy Scriptures.
“Do you not know that your bodies are parts of Christ?” (1 Cor 6:15)
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Cor 6:19
That an external agency requires intimate and coerced access, equal to the “becoming one flesh” between a man and a woman, is a crime is against God Himself to whom the body belongs.
The “vaccine requirement” has become involuntary – therefore it must be resisted. As the question above states above, the vaccine has become a “requirement;” this
is utterly beyond a voluntary union. It is a Christian requirement to resist this illegitimate demand of bodily submission.
Furthermore, the vaccine substance itself is illegitimate because it is undefined and changing — what was considered “vaccinated” a year ago is now no longer
“vaccinated” since booster shots are now required. The employer and government and “scientists and industry have already demonstrated that the “vaccination
requirement” is a moving target — I have no idea of the frequency nor the content of future “vaccination requirements.” It is utterly unconscionable to submit to the
unlimited coercions of unknown demands both in content and frequency. There is no consent even possible under the current practices of the covid “vaccination requirements” and the government itself has indicated that the definition will constantly change and morph.
7) Please provide any additional information that you think may be helpful in reviewing your request.
Imagine a man on a date with a woman and he says to her:
“Tonight is our first date, but by the end of the month you will take my fluids inside of you. And if you refuse to submit, I will make sure you are fired from your job and publicly shamed. This is good for you and me. Besides, all the girls have done it.”
We all have a religion that allows us to resist this repulsive behavior.
Fritz Berggren, PhD
25 October 2021