Irresponsible and selfish Americans are reaching for straws to avoid any mandate to get vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus. And as is usually the case in America, the selfish sects rely on religion to save them.
Before the pandemic, there was a group of tin foil Americans who refused to vaccinate their children without explanation or medical basis unless they were influenced by a former Playboy bunny and something ridiculous about autism. Now this little “anti-Vaxxer” cult has grown exponentially thanks to clinging to Trumpism and a false claim to personal freedom to endanger the public
Strangely, before the Federal Drug Administration “officially” approved the COVID-19 vaccine, the greatest opposition to vaccination was “justified” by claiming that the vaccine was suspect because FDA approval was for emergency use.
While this was a false reason for the deadly virus to spread further, it could be argued that these anti-science Americans were entitled to be irresponsible because they were tied up in the White House by a madman who contradicted science is not, and it has left the vaccine-resistant cult in search of other means to increase the number of Americans either hospitalized or died.
It was no great surprise that the vaccine-resistant cult quickly discovered religion as a valid excuse to keep their American compatriots in danger. Nor was it a revelation that some suddenly Catholic sympathizers raised concerns about the vaccine’s extremely remote association with aborted fetal tissue.
For the record, the vaccines developed and produced by Pfizer and Moderna were tested on fetal cell lines that “most likely came from elective abortions decades ago”. However, the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson was made directly from the cell lines.
The problem for the growing anti-Vaxxer cult, however, is that almost all major religions, including the United States Bishops’ Conference (USCCB), do not require or support a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the USCCB and in accordance with Vatican guidelines, all three vaccines approved for use in the United States are “morally acceptable” for use because their long-distance association with abortion. “ (Author bold)
The Catholic leadership noted, however, that if a supporter has the option to choose a vaccine, they suggest that “Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should be preferred to Johnson & Johnson”.
This guide not only ended a follower claiming a “religious exception” from taking the vaccine, it was fully in line with a “December 2020 note on morality in the use of some anti-Covid-19 vaccines.” According to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
“If there are no other means of stopping or even preventing the epidemic, the common good can recommend vaccination. Those who, however, are for Reasons of conscience [not religion]Refuse vaccines made with cell lines from aborted fetuses and must do their utmost to prevent other prophylactic measures and appropriate behavior from becoming carriers for the transmission of the infectious agent. “
The leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America agreed S.They say that some people may have medical reasons not to receive the vaccine:
“In the Orthodox Church there is no exception to vaccination for religious reasons for your believers.”
The Holy Eparchial Synod of the National Archdiocese, which represents the largest proportion of the Eastern Orthodox population in the United States, urged its members to:
“To pay attention to the responsible medical authorities and to avoid false stories that are completely unfounded in science.”
And with regard to the believers who apply for an official “letter of exemption from religion” from church leaders:
“No clergy may issue such religious letters of exemption. Such a letter is invalid. “
Similarly, the American Evangelical Lutheran Church recently issued a statement encouraging the use of vaccines which states:
“There is no obvious basis for religious exception, either in its own or in the broader Lutheran tradition.”
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York also made its position clear:
“Any priest who issues a letter of exception would contradict Pope Francis’ statements that receiving the vaccine is morally acceptable and responsible.”
In Spokane, Washington, Bishop Thomas Daly issued a statement on the “conscious rights” of individual Catholics to choose whether to receive the vaccine, stating that no clergy could be deliberately drawn into an issue with religious objections. He said:
“Priests should not be involved in the signing of any document that concerns someone else’s conscience.” And he reminded parishioners that Church guidelines stated “that vaccination is morally permissible and beneficial for the common good.
Most, if not all, of these religious exemptions and ecclesiastical commentaries endorsing vaccines are in fact contested under an established Supreme Court precedent that allows the state to “enforce mandatory vaccination laws.” regardless of anyone’s right to protection of individual or religious freedom.
In the 1905 Supreme Court, 197 USA, Jacobson v Massachusetts case, the High Court upheld the state’s authority to enforce mandatory vaccination laws. The decision of the Court of Justice expressed the view that individual freedom is not absolute and that it is subject to the police force of the state. Recognizing that public health is more important than a person’s personal freedom or religious belief, the High Court ruled that:
“In any well-ordered society charged with the duty of safeguarding the security of its members, the rights of the individual with regard to his freedom can sometimes, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, which is enforced by appropriate regulations.” as it may require the security of the general public.
There can be no real freedom for all if a principle is applied which recognizes the right of every individual to use his own freedom, be it in relation to his person or his property, regardless of the harm that might be done to others. “
It is more than bizarre that in a well-developed civilized society there are objections to the protection of the health, well-being and life of every member of society. Yet here we are in America’s 21st normal because a significant number of the discontented believe that Republican elections outweigh the common good.
Worse, this neo-anti-Vaxxer movement claims a Christian religious exception justifies its deliberate endangerment of the lives of its fellow citizens – the real meaning of the Trump-era pro-life movement.
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Former clergyman, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen Buddhist.