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TAMPA BAY, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — An NFL team in Florida has been rebuked by the state’s Department of Health for a job description that says hires must get jabbed against COVID.

Florida law prohibits both private and public COVID vaccine mandates by requiring numerous exemptions that must be recognized by employers.

“This is against Florida law,” Department of Health (DOH) spokesman Jeremy Redfern tweeted on Monday at Jason Turner, a production manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“COVID-19 vaccine mandates related to private employers are enforced by the Attorney General’s office,” Redfern told LifeSiteNews. He said individuals can file complaints about vaccine mandates.

READ: Double-vaccinated and double-boosted Fauci tests positive for COVID

Redfern deferred to the AG’s office when asked if the state could open investigations on its own.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office reached by phone on Thursday directed LifeSiteNews to another spokesperson who did not immediately return an emailed request for comment Thursday. However, the AG’s office includes information on how to file complaints against vaccine mandates.

“All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment,” a job listing shared by Turner on Monday for a video production intern stated. “Fully vaccinated means at least two (2) weeks after the final dose of the J&J, Moderna, or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.”

LifeSiteNews contacted Nelson Luis and Michael Pehanich, communications directors for the Buccaneers, to ask about the legality of the mandate for this position and any others and if an attorney in the organization had informed them the team was exempt from the law. Pehanich’s email on Wednesday morning said he was out of the office, and Luis did not respond.

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Five Tampa Bay Rays pitchers are now subject to a media witch-hunt after refusing to wear LGBT symbols on their hats and shirts because of their faith in God. 

One ESPN commentator called the men "bigoted" for supposedly using "religious exemption BS" to say "no" to the Pride Month clothing.

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The careers and lives of the five pitchers — Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson — will be greatly harmed if we abandon them to the cancel culture of their critics, like ESPN's Sarah Spain.

“That religious exemption BS is used in sports and otherwise also allows for people to be denied health care, jobs, apartments, children, prescriptions, all sorts of rights,” Spain claimed. 

“We have to stop tiptoeing around it because we’re trying to protect people who are trying to be bigoted...” she continued.

These men should be celebrated for their bravery, but instead are being derided for sticking up for their Christian beliefs. 

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People are being bullied into conformity by an LGBT movement that claims to be about tolerance and diversity, unless you're a devout Christian.

“Now they’re trying to cancel people for not wearing a gay pride patch,” the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh remarked. 

“This is always the trajectory for the Left. First they demand tolerance, then acceptance, then celebration, then participation. Learn to say no to these people or it will never end.”

It's hard to imagine sports columnists like Nancy Armour of USA Today attacking Muslims for their rejection of Pride propaganda, but she sees no problem in attacking these devout Christians.

We hope Nancy Armour's reading of the New Testament extends to Romans 1:25-27.

Most commentators simply don't understand that loving everyone as a Christian means telling people certain actions are extremely harmful to the soul.

SIGN: These men were right to reject the LGBT Pride insignias on their hats and jerseys.

Indeed, by peeling off the rainbow logo from their jerseys and wearing the standard team hat, the five pitchers have taken a stand against an ideology that's antithetical to Christianity.

Major League Baseball (MLB) and every other professional sports league have promoted LGBTQ causes in recent years, including showcasing a “marriage” proposal between two homosexuals in front of a stadium packed with families.   

Sports are no longer safe from the tenticles of the LGBT movement, with players being strong-armed into virtue signaling for causes they disagree with.

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The team does not list a jab requirement in all its job postings. Two jobs listed in June do not include language about the COVID vaccines, while a “Club Access Control” job listed on May 18 says that the jabs are required.

Florida recently succeeded in stopping the Special Olympics from instituting a coercive vaccine requirement on its athletes.

“Florida will always be welcoming to all of our athletes with disabilities, regardless of COVID vaccination status,” Gov. DeSantis stated on June 3, before the Special Olympics kicked off in Orlando on June 6. “Special Olympics International should have never imposed a vaccine mandate on their athletes. Special Olympians who were in limbo for months will now be able to compete in Florida thanks to our continued actions to keep Floridians’ medical decisions private.” 

There have been more than 1.2 million injuries reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) through June 3, according to an analysis from Children’s Health Defense.

“The data included a total of 28,532 reports of deaths — an increase of 220 over the previous week — and 235,041 serious injuries, including deaths, during the same time period — up 2,347 compared with the previous week,” Children’s Health Defense reported.

READ: Florida becomes only US state to not pre-order COVID shots for infants and young children

Concerns about heart problems from the COVID shots led Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisor Dr. Doran Fink to warn last year about the dangers for young men who get jabbed.

Dr. Fink said at a September 2021 vaccine safety committee meeting that men under 40 are at greater risk of hospitalization from COVID shots than the virus itself, due to reactions such as myocarditis.


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