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Southeastern Seminary Now Requiring Faculty to be Vaccinated or Submit to Regular Testing/Masking

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), which is presided over by the ever-woke, Danny Akin, has now implemented a policy making it mandatory for all faculty to either be fully vaccinated or submit to regular testing and masking to remain employed.

Citing the highly unconstitutional OSHA mandate–which is set to be heard by the Supreme Court this week–the school has decided to pre-emptively mandate the vaccine requirements whether or not the OSHA mandate is struck down in court.

On the other hand, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–which is presided over by Al Mohler–took a different approach, instead, filing a lawsuit against the Biden administration acknowledging that not only is the OSHA mandate a violation of the Constitution, but also an infringement on religious freedom. Those who have consciously chosen not to be vaccinated have done so because otherwise, it would be a violation of one’s conscience.

In an email sent out by Ryan Hutchinson, the Executive Vice President at Southeastern, on Monday, Hutchinson explained:

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  • If fully vaccinated (see policy for definition), you will complete a form communicating your vaccination information. You will receive a separate email requesting this information.
  • If not fully vaccinated, starting January 9th, you will be required to wear a properly fitting face covering when inside. Starting February 9th, you will begin to report your weekly testing information through a link to a form that we will provide to you closer to that time. Please note that people that have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days will not need to do weekly testing but will need to complete the weekly form attesting to their status.

In the email attached was a PDF of the policy explaining the process of reporting vaccination status or the results of their regular testing.

All employees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. For example, this includes two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnsonโ€™s vaccine, or two weeks after the second dose of any combination of two doses of different COVID-19 vaccines as part of one primary vaccination series. Employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to provide proof of weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at the workplace.

All employees are required to report their vaccination status and, if vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination. Employees must provide truthful and accurate information about their COVID-19 vaccination status, and, if not fully vaccinated, their testing results. Employees not in compliance with this policy will be subject to discipline.

While it’s understandable that SEBTS does not want to face the possible fines if the OSHA mandate is to (wrongly) be upheld by the Supreme Court, the fact that SEBTS has done nothing to protect its employees is telling of the leadership’s priorities. Akin, Hutchinson, and other board members could have joined SBTS in their lawsuit against the Biden admin, but instead, chose to be complicit with a government mandate that reaches its tentacles where it doesn’t belong–into the private lives of citizens–which could ultimately cause people to choose between violating their conscience or losing their jobs.

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