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Sabbath Testing - Pastor Letter

Sample Letter


Date

 

Person’s Name
Organization Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Re:             (Name of member)

Dear                      :

      This letter is to verify that [Name of student] is a Seventh-day Adventist, and as such, observes the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as a day of rest and worship. He/She attends the (Name of your Church) Seventh-day Adventist Church here in (Name of Town).  [Student] believes that it is a violation of [his/her] religious beliefs to participate in [classes/tests] on the Sabbath.  Accordingly, I am writing to request that an alternative date be found so that [student] can fully participate in [his/her] academic program, without discrimination.

     (Member Name), like millions of other Seventh-day Adventists around the world, is unable to perform regular, secular employment activities during the 24 hour period from sunset, Friday, to sunset on Saturday. He/She considers this time as holy.

      No doubt, your institution is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and wants to insure that all students can succeed without having to forego their religious faith as a condition of maintaining their academic standing.  The institution already provides a religious accommodation for the majoritarian religious practice of observing Sunday as a rest day by refraining from scheduling tests on Sundays. It remains to provide alternative test dates for those minority students who observe Saturday as a religious day.

      The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the equal protection of the laws. Your institutional policies concerning non-discrimination are based on this legal requirement of equality. Depriving a student of equal educational opportunity on account of their religious observance would violate both your own policies and the student’s constitutional right.

     Thank you in advance for giving [student]’s request due consideration. I am confident that a suitable accommodation can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction.

     Sincerely,

 

     Pastor’s Name

     Xc: Alan J. Reinach, Esq., President, Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council

       (PASTOR’S NAME AND CHURCH