Religious exemption samples

Consider either or a combination of both the samples when you make your request. Entities are required to consider religious objections, even if they say they are not. They are required not to dismiss them out of hand or provide no reasons for refusal. If they refuse, your recourse is to provide notice that you plan to file a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The complaint process is structured so that individuals can ably do this. Keep the record of all of your communication for that purpose. Consider banding together to let institutions know you will be doing so.

Do not include other reasons for refusing the vaccine in your request which are outside of religious belief, like common sense or science. Such is not protected under human rights legislation and can provide a reason for the refusal of your request.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am requesting a religious exemption of the COVID-19 vaccination based on religious belief grounds.

1st Corinthians 6:19-20 of the Holy Bible states: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have from God? And you are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body”.

My body is a living sacrifice and a living temple to God. Also, I understand that aborted fetal tissue was used in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine. As I believe God created heaven and earth and all humankind along with living animals and creation, I am commanded by the Law of Moses (Genesis and Exodus) not to be involved in the death of a human being, or be involved in anything that may compromise scriptural commandments about human life and death (Book of Numbers-Holy Bible).

I have been united with Christ and baptized into Him (Galatians, Colossians, Romans), therefore I cannot disobey the commands of my faith, nor disobey the Holy Scriptures. I cannot put anything into my body that does not come from the Lord Jesus Christ and His creation.

Partaking in a vaccine that utilizes aborted fetuses makes me complicit in an action that offends my religious faith and belief that all life, including the life of unborn children, is sacred and Holy.

In addition, any coerced medical treatment goes against my religious faith and the right of conscience to control one’s own medical treatment, free of coercion or force. It is my sincere belief that forcing anyone to take a vaccine that runs counter to their religious beliefs is unethical, inhumane, and in violation of my Christian faith. I have made the moral and conscientious decision to not partake in any vaccines going forward that utilize fetal cell lines at any stage of development or testing.

The Alberta Human Rights Act (or the relevant legislation in your province) protects me from discrimination based on my religious beliefs. I request a full exemption based on religious grounds outlined in the aforementioned act.

Sincerely,

To Whom It May Concern:

I am requesting a religious exemption of the COVID-19 vaccination based on religious grounds.

1st Corinthians 6:19-20 of the Holy Bible states: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have from God? And you are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body”.

Accordingly I believe, pursuant to my faith, that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirt. It is a God-given responsibility and requirement for me to protect the physical integrity of my body against things that would damage that integrity, namely these injections.

Any coerced medical treatment goes against my religious faith and the right of conscience to control one’s own medical treatment, free of coercion or force. It is my sincere belief that forcing anyone to take a vaccine that runs counter to their religious beliefs is unethical, inhumane, and in violation of my Christian faith. I have made the moral and conscientious decision to refuse to receive anything so opposed to my faith and conscience into my body.

Religious beliefs are protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act . The Alberta Human Rights Act protects me from discrimination based on my religious beliefs and service providers and employers have a duty to accommodate and are required to consider requests to accommodate in good faith.

The Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the basis for freedom of religion as follows: “Freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms consists of the freedom to undertake practices and harbour beliefs, having a nexus with religion, in which an individual demonstrates he or she sincerely believes or is sincerely undertaking in order to connect with the divine or as a function of his or her spiritual faith, irrespective of whether a particular practice or belief is required by official regions dogma or is in conformity with the position of religious officials. This understanding is consistent with a personal or subjective understanding of freedom of religion. As such, a claimant need not show some sort of objective religious obligation, requirement or precept to invoke freedom of religion.” Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem, 2004 SCC 47.

This means that my belief is my own. I am not required under law to demonstrate that my belief is taken from a particular denomination or Church. The Supreme Court has made that clear.

I request a full exemption based on religious grounds as outlined above. If I am denied the right to a request under religious belief, my recourse is to file a complaint with the relevant human rights commission.

Sincerely,