Put Up Or Shut Up: All US hospitals and workplaces should do this

Whenever fanatics use religion as an excuse to deny science, it’s always selective and hypocritical cherry picking.  They ignore the science that their rabid ideologue leaders tell them to ignore, but then keep the parts they like despire the fact that both were a product of the same scientific method.

The CEO of a hospital system in Arkansas is calling the fanatics’ bluff, telling them to fully live up to their words, or stop pretending that this is about “freedumb” and personal responsibility.

If only more companies had the spine to do this.  I see that today IBM and American Airlines have given Greg Abbatoir the middle finger, telling him they won’t comply with his anti-vaxxer manchild rant.  I mean, “mandate”.  Other companies need to do this and show that private corporations have the freedom to act in their own interests – something which the republiclowns claim to believe in.

Hospital staff must swear off Tylenol, Tums to get religious vaccine exemption

A hospital system in Arkansas is making it a bit more difficult for staff to receive a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The hospital is now requiring staff to also swear off extremely common medicines, such as Tylenol, Tums, and even Preparation H, to get the exemption.

The move was prompted when Conway Regional Health System noted an unusual uptick in vaccine exemption requests that cited the use of fetal cell lines in the development and testing of the vaccines.

“This was significantly disproportionate to what we’ve seen with the influenza vaccine,” Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, told Becker’s Hospital Review in an interview Wednesday.

“Thus,” Troup went on, “we provided a religious attestation form for those individuals requesting a religious exemption,” he said. The form includes a list of 30 commonly used medicines that “fall into the same category as the COVID-19 vaccine in their use of fetal cell lines,” Conway Regional said.

The list includes Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, aspirin, Tums, Lipitor, Senokot, Motrin, ibuprofen, Maalox, Ex-Lax, Benadryl, Sudafed, albuterol, Preparation H, MMR vaccine, Claritin, Zoloft, Prilosec OTC, and azithromycin.

My comebacks whenever someone won’t walk the walk and live by their own words:

Put up or shut up.

Show it or stow it.

Step up or step down.

Demonstrate, don’t remonstrate.



  1. lochaber says

    I’m of the opinion we shouldn’t even have religious exemptions for this. Sure, if their religion demands the don’t get vaccinations, then have all the disease you want, just do it on your weird little religious commune with your like-minded buddies, and stay the hell away from the rest of us…

    • jrkrideau says

      Interesting. I do not know if Québec even has a religious exemption. It is not a very religious province.

  2. says

    “sure, you don’t have to take the vaccine. and we don’t have to employ you or let you fly on our planes. see that sign? ‘no shirt no shoes no mask no shot no service’?”

    It’s the American way to allow corporations to make up rules like that. Why can’t anti-vaxxers understand that they’re also (usually) supporters of republican “at will” employment?

    I’m so sick of these shitheads. They’ve extended the pandemic by at least 6 months, and their ilk in political office made sure that the pandemic happened in the first place. It could have been contained. Fuck them all.

    • says

      The lack of supply is slowing the vaccination rate here, not the willingness of the public to get one. A day after 1.5 million AZ shots were announced as being available, I’m too late to book my second shot. Taiwan may be at 70% by New Year, and restrictions are coming down to where we may not have to wear masks in parks or open sidewalks anymore, only indoors. People with both shots may not have to wear one at all anymore, though I still will.

      The fact that it was all preventable makes it all the more infuriating.

  3. mailliw says

    The Italians have the right idea by legislating that all workers must be vaccinated, have a recent negative test or have recovered from COVID to enter their workplace.

    But why is the media concentrating on the opposition?

    80% of Italians are already fully vaccinated.

    • jrkrideau says

      “Eighty percent of Italians welcome Green Pass” is not really click bait?. Although there was enough of an anti-pass demo a, IIRC, the President”s palace that the police brought out the water cannons. Sort of a normal weekend in Paris.