VANCOUVER, British Columbia (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian pastor vowed that he will no longer donate blood to the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) until the organization removes a COVID jab mandate for its staff.
Rev. John Kaptein works as a volunteer pastor at The King’s Way Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, which he founded in 1999.
He said that after reading a December 3 LifeSiteNews report about the case of CBS employee Gabriel Wilson, who was fired for refusing the jabs and whose religious exemption was denied, he decided that he could no longer support CBS.
“I donate blood to CBS five times a year and in support of Gabriel Wilson I have cancelled my next week Tuesday’s blood donation, and have told CBS that I will no longer be involved with an organization that discriminates against their employees on religious grounds,” Kaptein told LifeSiteNews.
“This discrimination is a clear violation of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects us on religious grounds.”
Kaptein told LifeSiteNews that until the CBS reinstates Wilson as an employee and overturns its jab mandate, he will not “be donating blood.”
“I hope to see a larger movement that will do the same and withdraw their services until this man is given justice,” Kaptein said.
Kaptein has the relatively rare blood type of O Negative, which only about 1 in 15 people have. Thus, donors like him are in high demand by blood donation centers. O Positive blood is also valuable as it can be transfused to anyone.
He has been giving blood for almost two years, up to five times a year, and told LifeSiteNews that while he knows people need his rare blood type, he reiterated that he cannot support an organization that discriminates.
“If you are going to discriminate against this guy, then I don’t want to be donating until you change this rule,” Kaptein said.
Many do not want the COVID injections due to safety concerns regarding the shots.