Search AFA

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Religious Exemption

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 10:07 AM Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Religious Exemption ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint. Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.

Lauren Bragg Stand Writer MORE

On Thursday, January 12, 2022, the Mississippi Patriots for Vaccine Rights PAC (MPVR) launched an action alert spurring its recipients to reach out to the Speaker of the state’s house, Phillip Gunn (R), regarding Representative Steve Hopkins’ bill that, if passed, would provide a religious exemption for childhood vaccines in the state of Mississippi.

The alert emphasized that if the bill was set to process through more than one committee this would delay its progression and ultimately has the potential to snuff out the bill altogether. It urged Mississippians to reach out to Gunn imploring him to quickly advance the bill through to only one committee before the January 31st deadline.

So, why religious exemption?

Our forefathers sought out America in order to find freedom and the very government set in place to protect those freedoms has stripped us of so many and we go quietly because it’s “just the way things are.”

We have been conditioned to believe by way of manipulation and fear mongering that the government has this authority, when in reality – the power is the peoples’ and it’s time the people took back the power.

The simple fact that we, as citizens of the United States of America, are having to ask for our religious freedom, dare I say the cornerstone of our country’s birth and building, is quite frankly asinine and backwards.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

With an unsavory laundry list of ingredients including that of Medical Research Counsel cell strain 5 (MRC-5) as well as Wistar Institute Foetus 38 (WI-38), both of which were harvested via means of abortion, MRC-5 being obtained via a fourteen-week-old preborn baby boy and WI-38 a three-month-old preborn baby girl, vaccines become a problem for Bible believing Christians.

Two precious lives cut short in the name of science. We, as believers, cannot serve the Creator of life and support something that takes it.


This is not to mention the additional research emerging almost daily regarding the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry. When was the last time you read all 18 pages of a vaccine insert or took a look at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program stats?

But that’s a soapbox … I mean … blog for another day.

As it stands, Mississippi is 1 of 6 states out of 50 and the only red state that does not offer this religious freedom by way of childhood vaccination exemption. Because we have sought the Lord for wisdom on behalf of our babies and have prayerfully stepped out in faith – our children cannot attend school outside of the home, participate in school affiliated sports; they can’t even go to daycare at a local church.

I mean, maybe it’s the version I’m using, but I’m pretty sure Matthew 19:14 doesn’t read, “Let only the vaccinated little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

With our voices together, I believe with strong conviction we can make the difference and shift the tides of medical freedom for our children. Just like with the COVID-19 shot, we fought for religious exemption, and our children should not be the exception.

Even if this isn’t a passion we share, even if you are a believer on the opposite end of the spectrum on the issue of vaccination, I implore you to stand up for basic medical freedoms and stand in the gap for your brothers and sisters who do bear these convictions.

I speak for a large and passionate portion of the Mississippi population when I say, it should be a parent’s informed decision of what vaccines – if any – are right for their child(ren).

There is still time to reach out to Speaker Gunn. There is still time to kindly, yet confidently press for this bill to be sent in front of one committee and thank him in advance for his swift action!

Mississippi Speaker Gunn

Please Note: We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the content. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at the author or other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved.


Find us on social media for the latest updates.




P.O. Drawer 2440 Tupelo, Mississippi 38803 662-844-5036 FAQ@AFA.NET
Copyright ©2023 American Family Association. All rights reserved.