A Missouri news reporter says faith in God will get her through the difficult days ahead after she says she was fired from her job for not complying with a COVID mandate.
Kim St. Onge, who was a reporter for nearly 10 years, told CBN News that she was forced from her position with KMOV News in St. Louis.
St. Onge was granted a religious exemption after submitting a letter from her pastor, but the company that owns the news station laid out a number of additional rules that the reporter didn't agree with.
"It felt really discriminatory," she told CBN News.
She had to wear an N95 mask at all times, take a COVID test twice a week, and attend work meetings virtually. St. Onge "drew the line" when she was told not to sit among her vaccinated colleagues, even though she followed all the other measures.
The reporter said she contacted her union representative, advising that she couldn't abide by the terms, and was subsequently let go.
St. Onge noted that drawing closer to Scripture has helped her get through the painful process of losing her job.
"I have Scripture that I would repeat in my head when I was feeling discouraged. When it's all said is done... I only answer to God," she told CBN News. "Our Savior already went through all this and He's got it."
"Joshua 1:9 is my favorite ... I have used it countless times. 'Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you where you go,'" St. Onge recited.
And she stressed the importance of staying "true to my convictions."
St. Onge refused a non-disclosure agreement "worth several thousand dollars" so she could speak out against the conditions rather than be silenced.
She chose to share details about her ordeal in a Facebook post on Sunday.
"Some of you will staunchly disagree with my decision," St. Onge wrote. "I understand some of you may even feel personally offended by my choice. But, this is too big to stay quiet. Our freedoms are being stripped away ... freedoms our parents, grandparents, and so many others fought for."
She continued, "I refuse to stand for a company dictating medical decisions for its employees, especially when it comes to an experimental vaccine. I want my future kids to know their mom stood up for her beliefs, her morals, even though it cost their mom her job."
Despite losing her job, St. Onge pointed out that what God has planned for her is greater.
"As a follower of Christ, I know God has a purpose to this and will use it for good," she said.
St. Onge told CBN News she is working with a temporary employer and will remain in the St. Louis area.
She said countless people from across the country who are facing similar circumstances with their employer have reached out to her.
"It is sad that so many people are in this situation," St. Onge noted.