The powers that be—the federal government, state authorities, teachers' unions, Karens of all backgrounds—have refused to let the COVID crisis go to waste and have spent the past year and a half amassing power, influence, authority, and money.
One entrepreneurial pastor in Oklahoma has done the same, pulling down tons of money in exchange for offering people "religious exemptions" for the COVID-19 vaccine.
A pastor is encouraging people to donate to his Tulsa church so they can become an online member and get his signature on a religious exemption from coronavirus vaccine mandates. The pastor, Jackson Lahmeyer, is a 29-year-old small-business owner running in the Republican primary challenge to Sen. James Lankford in 2022.
Lahmeyer, who leads Sheridan Church with his wife, Kendra, said Tuesday that in the past two days, about 30,000 people have downloaded the religious exemption form he created.
"It's beautiful," he said. "My phone and my emails have blown up."
Yeah, uh, not to get all technical on you here, but:
As one religious freedom expert put it, Lahmeyer is "not really selling a religious exemption"; rather, he's "selling a bogus idea that you need one."
You don't really need a pastor or anyone else to sign off on your religious objection... you can just state it yourself.
For instance, the COVID vaccines were developed using cells derived from aborted babies, so it is absolutely reasonable for you to lodge a religious objection to the vaccines on those grounds.
Bottom line: Don't give your money to people claiming some sort of authority over your own sincerely held religious objections to coercive medical mandates.
You're more than capable of asserting those objections on your own.
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