(LifeSiteNews) – Throughout the national debate over the federal government’s response to COVID-19, advocates of masking and new vaccines have benefited from a chorus of prominent evangelical figures making the case that compliance with federal recommendations was not only prudent, but a moral imperative under Biblical principles.
That chorus, as detailed in a report this week by the Daily Wire’s Megan Basham, appears to have been largely the result of outreach efforts by former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins.
Previously the head of the Human Genome Project, for years Collins was widely respected as a proponent for the compatibility of science and faith, which was the subject of the organization he founded in 2007, the BioLogos Foundation. But in the years following his 2009 appointment by President Barack Obama to head NIH, Collins established that his values were much more secular in practice, from the use of aborted fetal tissue and embryo-destructive research to LGBT “pride” and “allyship.”
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
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On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
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So it came as little surprise that, following the advent of COVID-19, Collins would echo the establishment line on shots for the virus, masking, lockdowns, and “consequences” for “misinformation.” Yet despite his various positions at odds with Christian principles, Collins found a receptive audience among influential evangelicals for his COVID messaging.
Basham collects numerous examples of evangelical leaders and influencers who have given Collins a platform, such as Wheaton College dean and Billy Graham Center executive director Ed Stetzer, on whose podcast Collins implored pastors to “try to use your credibility with your flock to put forward the public health measures that we know can work,” including COVID vaccines and even masking children, despite masks’ ineffectiveness, the virus’s miniscule threat to children, and the negative psycho-social effects of preventing small children from seeing other human faces.
The Billy Graham Center even formally partnered with the NIH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to publish a website promoting the injections to evangelicals, complete with Biden administration talking points and interviews with Collins and other health officials.
Other examples of evangelical leaders and organizations that gave Collins platforms to promote his claims unchallenged include the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), Saddleback Church and its pastor Rick Warren, theologian N.T. Wright, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church founder Timothy Keller, who agreed with Collins that churches refusing to suspend in-person worship services was “bad and ugly.”
Stetzer and others, including Christianity Today and the Gospel Coalition, also promoted Collins’ dismissals of the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a view that has not only been supported by additional evidence since then, but which Collins and others were privately warned about yet wanted to suppress in the name of “science and international harmony.”
Others evangelical figures to publicly endorse Collins include ERLC’s Russel Moore, attorney and former National Review pundit David French, and Michael Gerson, speechwriter for former President George W. Bush.
“The Daily Wire reached out to Stetzer, Keller, Wright, Warren, Moore, and French to ask if they have changed their views on Collins given recent revelations” about Collins’ role in suppressing the lab-leak theory and funding gain-of-function research in China, Basham says. “None responded.”
“Francis Collins has been an especially successful envoy for the Biden administration, delivering messages to a mostly-Republican Christian populace who would otherwise be reluctant to hear them,” she continues. “In their presentation of Collins’ expertise, these pastors and leaders suggested that questioning his explanations as to the origins of the virus or the efficacy of masks was not simply a point of disagreement but sinful. This was a charge likely to have a great deal of impact on churchgoers who strive to live lives in accordance with godly standards. Perhaps no other argument could’ve been more persuasive to this demographic.”
“This does not mean these leaders necessarily knew that the information they were conveying to the broader Christian public could be false, but it does highlight the danger religious leaders face when they’re willing to become mouth organs of the government,” Basham warns.