Posters For Businesses
Hello, Idaho business owner! I am reaching out to you today because I am disturbed by the recent rash of mask mandates sweeping across the state. This concerns me, and many other Idahoans, for a whole host of reasons, and I have attempted to address some of them in various articles on this website, but there is one that concerns me above all others. As I have attended city council meetings where mandates have been discussed, and watched Idaho mayors call for mandates in their cities, there seems to be an underlying assumption that maskless citizens are doing so out of a selfish disregard for others, and for no other reason than perhaps ignorance. It is disgusting that our representatives would lead out like this in assuming the absolute worst of people, and basically laying the blame for the rise in coronavirus "cases" on them. There is absolutely no proof that the rise in "cases" can be blamed on the maskless (this subject is addressed elsewhere on this website), and I, personally, refuse to assume the worst of my fellow citizens. As I have read the guidelines put out by local health departments, as well as the CDC, I have noticed that these guidelines are always accompanied by multiple exemptions, including "Any person with a diagnosed medical condition, mental health condition, or disability which prevents wearing a face covering". What kind of "medical condition, mental health condition, or disability" could possibly prevent someone from wearing a face covering? Let me get personal for a moment. As these mandates have gotten out of control, people like some of my long-time friends and close family members, have felt compelled to go public with extremely sensitive personal information that I was not previously aware of, about why they will not be wearing masks. The most common? Forceful rape where the perpetrator held their hand over the victim's mouth. According to 2015 data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, more than 21% of women in the United States will be raped at some time in their lives, and 2.6% of men. This represents almost 30 million people. Do you suppose some of them might live here in the state of Idaho? Are they exercising a selfish disregard for others, or just trying to live their lives without a constant reminder of an atrocity where they were violated? Keep in mind that, just as I was unaware that these things had happened to these people close to me, odds are that YOU also know people who have suffered in this same way, unbeknownst to you! Idaho citizens also suffer from PTSD (both from military experience and otherwise), asthma and other breathing problems (another issue that hits very close to home for me and my family, affecting 19.2 million people in the US, according to CDC statistics), debilitating anxiety (affecting 40 million adults in the United States), and others. And guess what? None of these things are any of your business. Though HIPAA guidelines may not legally prevent a business from asking why someone is not wearing a mask… should you? Would you want your wife, daughter, or friend confronted with their horrible past, or have to discuss their medical history with a non-medical layperson, in order to simply buy groceries? Those calling for mandates keep using the word "compassion". I am calling for compassion, as well. Compassion for those among us who suffer health and other problems that they did not ask for. If you would like to show compassion for your neighbors, for your community, let us begin by trusting our neighbors. When you see someone not wearing a mask, instead of outrage, why not feel a sense of compassion for their unseen suffering? With the unfortunate prevalence of just the few issues I outlined above, there is a much higher chance that this is true than that they are simply being selfish or uncaring. In this light, we invite you to copy and display the enclosed poster that declares just that. Will you experience some pushback from others in the community? More than likely. We invite you to educate them on this subject, rather than discriminate against the innocent. There is an unfortunate divide growing among our citizens, driven specifically by this issue. We invite you to be a part of the solution, and not the problem. Further, we invite you to take your concerns to the Lord, who knows all things, has all power, and certainly knows how to heal us, physically, emotionally, and socially. Love and respect, Rod Klingler Founder, Defending Idaho The following posters can be downloaded as JPGs or PDFs and printed out to hang in your place of business! Feel free to share the files or a link to this page, so everyone can know that you respect the right of Idahoans to take responsibility for their own health, and the right of those who suffer in silence to do so without being harassed! [Poster-01.jpg] Download the poster above: JPG | PDF. [Poster-02.jpg] Download the poster above: JPG | PDF. Sources: Anxiety And Depression Association Of America https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics Asthma, CDC page https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm National Center For PTSD https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/common/common_adults.asp National Sexual Violence Resource Center https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics
Religious Exemption Resource Roundup!
We know that many of you are looking for information about religious exemptions to the COVID "vaccine," so we have rounded up the following resources from around the internet in the hopes that you will find what helps you in your situation! We will add to this page as more resources are brought to our attention. Please note that every situation is different, so we cannot provide many specifics, but knowledge is the key! That's why we recommend you study these resources if you will attempt a legal recourse to a vaccine mandate. Know what you're getting yourself into, know what will be expected of you, know what they legally can and cannot do, so you are able to defend yourself! John Birch Society Robert Owens, a former lawyer, has the following advice: “At the end of the day, you have a right to enforce your religious exemption. There's nothing they can do about it…” He discusses what you can do "if you are denied or if you are given an unreasonable accommodation." Be aware that, in these cases, you will have to file a lawsuit, and that it will take several months, but that there are groups such as Liberty Counsel who may take your case if you can't find local representation. “You need to be ready now to have sort of a long-haul approach to it, but understand this: at the end of the day there's no question that you will prevail. In fact, even the Biden administration, when there was a secret recording of DOJ lawyers trying to advise the Biden administration on how to best bully and control Americans to give up their religious exemption rights, even they admitted at the end of the day those claims are going to be valid and there's nothing they can do about them.” It might cost you $15,000 to $200,000 to go through this process, but: “At the end of the day you're going to get all your money back, you're going to get your job restored, you're going to have all your fees paid, and you're going to have all your legal fees paid, as well.” We recommend you watch the following video, and read the article beneath it, where he shares even more useful information, examples, and advice: HAS YOUR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION LETTER BEEN DENIED? | CONSTITUTION CORNER https://jbs.org/video/constitution-corner/has-your-religious-exemption-letter-been-denied-constitution-corner/ Vaccine Mandates: What Are My Options? https://thenewamerican.com/vaccine-mandates/ Liberty Counsel On their page, "LEGAL HELP FOR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FROM VACCINATIONS," they provide: • a Vaccine Exemption Guide Video • a legal help form • sample letters for requesting a religious exemption • a memo on the lawfulness of questioning religious beliefs • guides for proceeding if your request is denied, or approved but with unpaid leave • and more. Other Helpful Resources This "COVID-19 Vaccination Religious Exemption Form," from the city of Columbus, Ohio, will give you an idea of the types of questions you may be asked by your employer. PLEASE NOTE: This is a PDF download. You may find something interesting in "What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws," put out by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You will specifically want to have a look at section K.12., entitled "Under Title VII, how should an employer respond to an employee who communicates that he or she is unable to be vaccinated for COVID-19 (or provide documentation or other confirmation of vaccination) because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance?" You will also want to read through "Section 12: Religious Discrimination," also put out by the EEOC. It provides legal guidance for employers and EEOC investigators as they navigate religious exemptions. If you would like something more formal from a religious organization, you may wish to submit a "Religious Exemption Letter Request" to the Evangelistic Ministries of Anita Martir Rivera. All it takes is an email and a small donation to her ministry. Finally, the MassCentral.com website has an article from August 23, 2021, entitled "Covid Vaccine Religious Exemption Documents are posted By GAB CEO," that includes several downloadable documents, including for active-duty military, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and others. We at Defending Idaho wish you all the best as you navigate these crazy times! Above all, we remind you that, according to natural law, no one has the right to mandate you put anything harmful into your body, no matter what "the law" says! There is nothing from God or in the Constitution that authorizes such an act! We hope you can keep your jobs, but ultimately know that, whatever happens, if you will put your trust in God, everything will work out for your good and His name's glory!