Poll: 58% of Americans Support Religious Exemptions to COVID Vaccine Mandates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 9, 2021   |   11:07AM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll shows a majority of Americans support religious exemptions to COVID vaccine mandates so pro-life Christians who don’t want to get the vaccines because of their connection to cells from aborted babies can opt out — or for other reasons.

With 10% of Americans saying their religious views make it so they do not want to get the COVID vaccine that’ support is crucial.

The Religion and Vaccine Survey was organized by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core and it surveyed 5,366 people between Oct. 19 and Nov. 9.  The poll found 58% support religious exemptions to government mandates for vaccines.

They survey also found Americans think too many people are using religious reasons as an “excuse” not to get the COVID vaccine but about 40% of White evangelicals say were planning to seek religious exemptions to vaccine requirements for themselves and/or their children.

“The wide berth allowed for the expression and practice of religions, codified in our Constitution and laws, are bedrock American principles,” Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, said in a statement. “But Americans also believe that principles of religious liberty are not absolute but rather should be balanced with the health and well-being of our communities.”

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With many Christian employers and employees not wanting to get the vaccine for religious reasons and with pro-life Americans having concerns about the various vaccines and their ties to cells from aborted babies,some pro-life and Christian groups have filed lawsuits against Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates. 27 states have also filed lawsuits.

Biden directed OSHA to make a new “workplace safety” rule: any employer with 100 or more employees must require those employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Private and religious employers failing to comply could be subject to crippling fines. Eighty million Americans could be affected.

Michael Farris, the president of ADF, told LifeNews, “Americans may have many different opinions about COVID-19 vaccines, but every American should agree that the Biden administration’s threatened mandate is a vast and unlawful executive power grab.”

“If politicians and bureacrats are allowed to brazenly ignore the constitutional limits on their power whenever they please, we no longer live in a free society,” he said. “Under the Constitution and federal law, OSHA does not have the power to issue such a sweeping mandate for private and religious employers.”

Farris promised, “if the mandate does what President Biden promises, Alliance Defending Freedom will sue the administration.”

Farris noted how many pro-life Americans have qualms with the vaccines.

“Many people of good faith have chosen to be vaccinated. Others have refrained for reasons of conscience or personal health reasons,” he said, adding that government overreach is a huge problem.

” If allowed to stand, government officials will be emboldened—and have the precedent—to reach for more. And the freedoms that ADF and people like you work together to protect—free speech, religious freedom, and more—will be further jeopardized by an overreaching federal government,” he said.

“We will stand up and fight this. We will file suit to challenge this blatant abuse of power,” Farris promised.

Farris explained that the mandate will hurt churches and Christian groups.

“It doesn’t matter where you stand on vaccines. The government threatens our liberty whenever it unilaterally invents and aggressively enforces new mandates and powers in violation of the Constitution. Vaccinated or not, government overreach hurts all of us,” he continued. “It’s not the federal government’s job to force private employers and churches to choose between complying with the mandate or terminating their employees. To do so will hurt businesses, churches, ministries, and families.”

He concluded, “Challenging the federal government in court is costly. But more costly is standing by and doing nothing while that same government abuses its power.”

None of the vaccines contain cells from aborted babies, but they all have links to abortion, some more-so than others.

The companies Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca used cell lines created from babies who were aborted decades ago in the development and testing of their vaccines. These cell lines are clones of the aborted babies’ cells.

The connections between abortion and the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are much more limited, with cell lines created from aborted babies used only in testing the products.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute has a list of the vaccines with information about whether cell lines created from aborted babies were used in testing and/or production. Find it here.