MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:07:48 +0000 Church offers 'religious exemption' to vaccine http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/7521ad4d3a49482f91ef6cd1047e10cc One Oklahoma pastor, who is also running for U.S. Senate, is offering 'religious exemptions' to COVID-19 vaccine mandate on his church’s website for download, along with links for suggested donations to the church. (Sept. 15) 7521ad4d3a49482f91ef6cd1047e10cc Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:11:22 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++ASSOCIATED PRESSInternet -- 15 September 20211. Jackson Lahmeyer Senate's website showing the exemption form linkASSOCIATED PRESSTulsa, Oklahoma -- 15 September 20212. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackson Lahmeyer, pastor of Sheridan Christian Center:"About three days ago, we launched a no vaccine mandate petition, not because we're anti-vaxers, but because we're pro freedom. We don't believe that anybody should be forced to take a vaccine that they don't want to take, especially given the sense of the climate of the country right now."ASSOCIATED PRESSInternet -- 15 September 20213. Various SCREENSHOTS of Jackson Lahmeyer's Senate websiteASSOCIATED PRESSTulsa, Oklahoma -- 15 September 2021++PARTIALLY COVERED++4.  SOUNDBITE (English) Jackson Lahmeyer, pastor of Sheridan Christian Center:"We've had over 35,000 people sign it in less than three days, and with that there is a downloadable religious exemption form that is completely free that you can download and have your pastor sign it and you can turn it into your employer. That way you can be opted out of being forced to take the COVID vaccine."ASSOCIATED PRESSInternet -- 15 September 20215. SCREENSHOT of accommodation formASSOCIATED PRESSTulsa, Oklahoma -- 15 September 2021++PARTIALLY COVERED++6.  SOUNDBITE (English) Jackson Lahmeyer, pastor of Sheridan Christian Center:"Now, if your pastor is not willing to sign it, I will sign it for you. But in order for it to carry some weight, you would need to become a member of my church. Does I mean, you have to be an in-person member. We have thousands of members who are online members."++WHITE FLASH++ASSOCIATED PRESSTulsa, Oklahoma -- 15 September 20217.  SOUNDBITE (English) Jackson Lahmeyer, pastor of Sheridan Christian Center:"Membership is defined as those who attend church or those who are with us online and they financially support the ministry. So financial support could literally be just one dollar, whatever that looks like for an individual." ++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Religious objections, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. And it is only likely to grow following President Joe Biden's sweeping new vaccine mandates covering more than 100 million Americans, including executive branch employees and workers at businesses with more than 100 people on the payroll.The administration acknowledges that a small minority of Americans will use — and some may seek to exploit — religious exemptions. But it said it believes even marginal improvements in vaccination rates will save lives.It is not clear how many federal employees have asked for a religious exemption, though union officials say there will be many requests. The Labor Department has said an accommodation can be denied if it causes an undue burden on the employer. Across the U.S., public officials, doctors and community leaders have been trying to help people circumvent COVID-19 mask and vaccine requirements.In Tulsa, Oklahoma, pastor Jackson Lahmeyer is offering a "religious exemption" form on his church's website for download, along with links for suggested donations to the church. The 29-year-old is running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Anyone interested can get the form signed by a religious leader, or Lahmeyer can sign it himself if the person joins the church and donates. He said more than 35,000 people downloaded the form in just three days."We're not anti-vaxxers. We're just pro-freedom," Lahymeyer said. But obtaining a religious exemption is not as simple as producing a signed form. Measles outbreaks in schools over the past decade prompted some states to change their policies. Some now require an actual signed affidavit from a religious leader, instead of an online form. California got rid of nonmedical exemptions in 2015. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. One Oklahoma pastor, who is also running for U.S. Senate, is offering 'religious exemptions' to COVID-19 vaccine mandate on his church’s website for download, along with links for suggested donations to the church. (Sept. 15) Church offers 'religious exemption' to vaccine