While other countries are desperate for vaccine supplies, some Americans shun the shots because of religion.
Los Angeles Police Department has thousands who refuse vaccine mandates due to “religious objections”. The same applies to state employees in Washington as well as Arkansas hospital staff.
The Civil Rights Act requires employers to offer an exemption for genuine religious beliefs if it is not burdensome.
Curtis Chang, an ex-evangelical pastor and Duke Divinity Theologian, stated that “our material clearly shows there is no valid religious reason not to take the vaccine.” “You can’t take the vaccine for political or cultural reasons, but there are no valid religious reasons, there is no theology of religious creeds, there is no major religious denomination or religious leader validating this idea of a religious exemption.”
Chang believes employers should be confident in declining religious exemption requests due to the potential dangers that it could cause for workplace safety.
Employers should require religious waiver applicants to show that they have not refused any other vaccines.
“And here is where we have to draw the line. We must say, “I’m completely willing to talk with you about your hesitations in trying to persuade and convince you to even disagree.” Chang stated that Chang was denying my faith in order to justify your actions here. Chang also said that religion is not a valid reason for the action and that it could harm public health.
Chang addressed the concerns of Christian evangelicals about vaccines through a series of videos at: ChristiansAndTheVaccine.com, which discusses everything from fetal tissue used in testing to government control and the mark of the beast.
This year, they worked with large groups to increase vaccine acceptance among both believers and non-religionists.
Global concerns surround the way Americans react to vaccines.
“There are parts of the South and especially Africa and Asia that are also heavily Christian in their culture and in the way they get information and they take their cues from the United States, so one of the reasons we’re fighting against misinformation among evangelicals in the United States is not only for ending the pandemic here, but it will be important for that globally,” Chang said.