“Not challenging the ethics of forced vaccinations and downplaying religious liberty is peak ERLC irony.” ~ Tanner Olson @therealTOlson
In predictable fashion, hours before the Biden Administration announced that vaccines would be mandatory across the country for all businesses with more than 100 employees, the Southern Baptist Convention’s ERLC has come up with the worst take on the topic of religious exemptions for Christians, arguing that nothing in the Christian faith would warrant an exemption.
This organization, which basically functions as the propaganda wing of the Democratic party, regurgitates talking points under the guise of ‘loving thy neighbor,’ and suggests that the reasons Christians do give are not valid or theologically appropriate, and they need to stop trying to get religious exemptions for a mandatory vaccine and save their protests for when their religious beliefs are actually being violated.
In a post by Ashli and Matthew Arbo, they appeal to their experience as “an ethicist and attorney practicing religious liberty law” while minimizing the concerns of those opposed to mandatory vaccine policy, painting them as wishy-washy, misled, and folk who ‘don’t do smart good’ and are relying on their subjective experience.
Damning with faint praise aside, they say that the reasons that Christians give are anything but religious.
“If faced with such a mandate, some Christians will likely consider objecting to vaccination requirements on religious grounds. In this type of situation, they would claim the requirements violate their religious beliefs and seek formal religious exemptions. Such a claim might be motivated by the belief that their constitutionally protected rights are being infringed upon and that their religious sentiments are sufficient grounds for refusal.
In our experience, the reasons appealed to by some evangelicals for refusing vaccinations are not, strictly speaking, religious, but personal, philosophical, or political. This includes objections that invoke religious beliefs in general terms, but upon further scrutiny, appeal to other factors. Some may, for example, express concerns about infertility, or the lack of longitudinal studies, or that their employer has simply violated their rights. But none of these reasons are overtly related with the individual’s religious beliefs. “
They do recognize that “there are undoubtedly people of faith with relevant moral and, or, theological concerns that could merit a religious exemption.” But here is the kicker:
“A strong religious exemption would be based on recognized scriptural precept or a particular church or tradition’s confession or teaching. In its most robust form, such an exemption might rely on a provision within a church’s confessional statement explicitly forbidding vaccines or other medical interventions. The Amish or Jehovah’s Witness are examples. No such direct prohibition exists within wider Christian theology, but these religious groups are able to appeal to a unique teaching wholly adopted by their specific faith tradition.
In short: get wrecked prots. Unless you are a part of a non-Christian sect that doesn’t believe in using electricity, there is nothing you can appeal to or no argument in the Bible that would warrant your refusal or an exemption. They go on to note “there is little to no evidence” that vaccines harm our bodies, and that the unvaccinated are “29 times more likely to be hospitalized” with the source for that assertion being NBC News.
They conclude by saying that Christians need to stop trying to get religious exemptions to the demand of “get the jab or get fired” because doing so will ruin it for others down the road when religious freedom is actually being threatened.
“Illegitimate appeals to religious liberty are perhaps the greatest threat to legal protections of religious liberty. Appealing to a religious accommodation that is not sincerely held and uniformly applied dilutes legal options to appeal to when religious liberty is genuinely threatened in the future.
…Not every directive during a public health crisis represents a curtailment of religious liberty. As stated, the request for a religious exemption should rest on the foundation of a sincere and applicable religious belief.
With no commentary on why this is a gross infringement on religious liberty, they conclude, as we knew they would before we finished the article:
“We don’t possess ourselves but are ourselves possessed by him (1 Cor 6:20). In the context of vaccinations, this certainly includes seeking counsel, acknowledging the mounting evidence to the safety of vaccines, and contemplating the risks in refusing them, not only to oneself but also to one’s neighbor.“
Behold, your cooperative program dollars at work- bringing you so much religious liberty you barely stand it.
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