Update. Please see this post with updated information, including a letter from NRB CEO disputing the RNS story.
As the evangelical intelligentsia and our blue-check spiritual overlords gnash their teeth and rend their garments over the fact that Dan Darling, Senior Vice President of Communications for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) was fired today for making pro-vaccine comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show, we have a different take.
We believe that Darling sinned with his comments and that NRB was right to fire him and terminate his employment.
We reported on the story this morning and our headline did not sufficiently make clear that he wasn’t fired for making pro-vaccine statements in a vacuum, but rather because he was openly defying the strictures of his contract, and then refusing to recant and repent of his sin in doing so.
In short, he was canned for being in violation of a contractual agreement to be neutral and not push them one way or another. RNS explained:
Earlier this week, leaders at NRB, an international association of Christian communicators with 1,100 member organizations, told Darling his statements violated the organization’s policy of remaining neutral about COVID-19 vaccines. According to the source, Darling was given two options — recant or sign a statement admitting he had been insubordinate. When he refused, Darling was fired and given no severance.
This is absolutely key.
In many ways, rather than saying he was fired for making pro-vaccine comments, as our initial headline read, better headlines would have been:
Dan Darling fired for knowingly breaking written agreement about vaccine neutrality.
Dan Darling fired for not honoring his word about abusing platform to push vaccines.
Dan Darling fired for refusing to apologize for purposefully breaking his word on pushing propaganda.
The fact is that the organization has a policy that insists on neutrality on a certain subject matter. If Darling could not abide by that, he should have done the honorable thing and quit. Rather, he flouted the rules, broke his word, sinned before God, and forced the hand of his employers.
We would have fired him too.
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