I Write a Religious Exemption Letter

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James P. Riley
12261 S. Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, California 92399

September 14, 2021

To Whom It May Concern:

I co-pastor the Leyden House Fellowship, a gathering of reformed Christians who have worshiped in our home for more than twelve years now.  I have known Michael W—— since he was a small child.

Like Michael, I believe choosing to take or refuse a vaccine is a matter of conscience.  The Romans 13 magistrate, in our view of scripture, has no authority to require a citizen to engage in an act he credibly believes to be one of self harm.  The obligations of such a magistrate, rather, impel him to “praise the good” and be an “agent of wrath” against evil.  Michael is an honest, hard-working, Christ-seeking young man who deserves the magistrate’s praise and not the scourging of a vaccine-mandate that has no long-term science documenting its possible side effects.  Indeed, as we now know, young men in his age group stand the risk of developing myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that may be controlled but is a likely death sentence.  It’s difficult for me, as both a father and a believer, to understand any honorable civil authority, much less any Christian, forcing a young man in the prime of his life to take such risks. 

While believers and citizens sometimes have the obligation to take personal risks for the benefit of others, as in times of war, natural disaster, and threats to the helpless, those threats must be far more credible than the dangers posed by the present crisis–and the remedy must stand some chance of success.  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does not send His children on lunatic suicide missions, guided by “scientists” who both created the problem and who have no shame demanding abject obedience to what appear to be endless rounds of vaccination with ever failing efficacy.  The fact that this medical technology was made possible by the sort of people who graft fetal scalps to “humanized mice” should tell us just about all we need to know about their lack of moral authority.

Michael, I am quite certain, will follow the Biblical rules about sickness and quarantine, not this season’s pseudo-scientific fad. 

I strongly urge you to allow him his freedom of conscience in this matter.




                                                                           James Riley

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  • Donna Klos says:

    Fantastic letter. I love Riley Farms and wish I didn’t live in PA. I would come and work for you in a heartbeat because you are a true patriot and man of God whose beliefs are in direct alignment with the Constitution and the Bible. I miss visiting your beautiful property and thank you for your inspiration.

  • Ted R. Daudel Ii says:


    I wish I could say we name our son after the farm.
    My birthday is Saturday and when I heard on the radio one of your slogans were, I asked for a vacation day from my woke company. I told my wife we are going to Riley’s Farm for my birthday. My kids are excited too. We do come every year to pick apples and pumpkins I am glad to support you. You are a great American and patriot.
    May God Bless you and keep you safe

  • Kimberley Messick says:

    Wow!!! This is awesome! I wish there4 were more people like you! A strong Christian and true patriot! Thanks for all you do!
    God Bless you and your entire family!

  • Michelle Hickok says:

    Bravo! God bless and protect our kids and the innocent unborn and born babies, I rebuke the spirit of fear in Jesus name and pray for your divine wisdom, for bold spiritual truth to be sought and found in the body of Christ and all those attached to us in Jesus name
    California is Nineveh we must repent for all the passivity greed and blood shed, let your blood cover us and speak on our behalf lord amen

  • JP says:

    I just came here to see what is happening with Riley’s Farm…many school trips.

    And I found this. GOD BLESS YOU! All of these things are connected. Don’t be gaslighted and keep connecting dots…be a critical thinker and hold tight to your faith as a guiding light to truth.

    Now is the time for like-minded people to find each other. There are a lot of us…way more than you would be led to believe by the dark forces.

    As individuals…our power is limited. As a group, we have strength.

    Stay Strong!

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