Harold Ristau​

Harold Ristau, a retired military chaplain, also spoke powerfully of the effects of mandating “vaccines” on the Canadian military. Military chaplains were forbidden from providing guidance on religious exemptions. This is an abuse of chaplain consciences, and is likely unlawful. No exemptions for religious, spiritual, or matters of conscience were allowed. Chaplains were forced to contradict their consciences, compelled to ignore the relationships between cells from aborted fetuses and the “vaccines,” by not advocating for exemptions. Chaplains were thus not expected to support religious accommodation requests. Eventually, they were provided with an assessment tool that precluded “sincerely held beliefs”. Applicants were to be challenged on their beliefs. If a church opposed the “vaccines,” and thus departed from the mainstream media narrative, then government decided that a religious exemption backed by such a church would not be valid. If a church lacked a “vaccine policy” (a formal statement against vaccines), then any exemptions supported by that church were deemed to be invalid. Very few received an exemption. Violating soldiers’ consciences, he argued, is probably the worst thing one could do spiritually and psychologically to these soldiers.

Preston Manning noted that this sounded like a violation of the fundamental right to the freedom of religion. David Ross remarked that there seems to be a widespread failure in the system of command. Padre Ristau said that morale is at an all time low, and the CAF is struggling with recruitment.

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