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Religious Far Right Mounts Anti-Abortion Attack on COVID-19 Vaccine

May 15, 2020

By Emily Shugerman

As universities and pharmaceutical companies race to put out the first COVID-19 vaccine, some sectors of the religious right are gearing up to fight it, based on tenuous ties to what they call “the abortion industry” and a biblical teaching about “the mark of the beast.”

LifeSite News, a Catholic, anti-abortion website, has gathered more than 350,000 signatures on a petition protesting mandatory coronavirus vaccination orders—none of which have actually been issued. The petition starts with the kind of big-government concerns that have become a hallmark of anti-shutdown protests, claiming that “fear of a disease” could inadvertently lead to support for “the hidden agenda of governmental as well as non-governmental bodies” with plans to “restrict personal freedoms.”

“The so-called ‘public health experts’ have gotten it wrong many times during the current crisis,” the petition states. “We should not, therefore, allow their opinions to rush decision-makers into policies regarding vaccination.”

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3 comments on “Religious Far Right Mounts Anti-Abortion Attack on COVID-19 Vaccine

  • @OP – “The so-called ‘public health experts’ have gotten it wrong many times during the current crisis,” the petition states.

    Obviously spoken with the confidence of a view fully endorsed by an “omnipotent all-knowing god-delusion”, which requires no medical training or learning of investigative skills!

    The faith-believer “KNOWS” that their god-delusion can’t be wrong! – and if it appears to be, it must be  just working in “mysterious ways” – “beyond human understanding” – or at least “beyond the human understanding” of its uneducated indoctrinated human mind slaves!


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  • The religious right in the US increasingly present as terrorists threatening the lives and safety of all in the hope, it seems, of fomenting a backlash.

    It is a mark of the desperate.

    We need to better inoculate their kids through the simple expedient of a decent, comprehensive education.


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