Since no major religion is against vaccines, why do we still sometimes hear about religious leaders who are against vaccines?
Well, maybe not leaders…
Who Are the Religious Leaders Who Are Against Vaccines?
It is important to understand that the great majority of true religious leaders advocate for vaccines.
And the ones who don’t aren’t following traditional teachings.
For example, Father Michael Copenhagen, a member of the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, directly contradicts what the Catholic Church has said about vaccines.
“Applying a thorough moral analysis, many Catholics and conscientious people see clear immediate forced cooperation in the intrinsic evils of theft, desecration, experimentation and trafficking of human remains obtained through violence to produce the product. And this is one of a number of complex moral issues, including STD vaccines, and those which constitute extraordinary means, defined as those where there is no moral obligation to receive them.”Father Michael Copenhagen Testimony at NJ Senate Hearing—12/12/2019
“Consent means nothing if there is no right of refusal, and you would make the price of refusal a permanent state of segregation, isolation, and banishment when there is not even a temporary claimed (public health or infectious disease) crisis.”Father Michael Copenhagen Testimony at NJ Senate Hearing—12/12/2019
Father Michael Copenhagen is speaking for himself and not for the Catholic Church.
“These are not only principles of faith, or even ethics, these are principles of sanity. If you pass this measure, you bear for all time the full weight and moral responsibility for outlawing the full public practice of the Catholic Faith, for coercion which fundamentally subverts the moral law and rights of citizens, and undermines the very nature of your own elected office, which is to preserve the good, not to dissolve it.”Father Michael Copenhagen Testimony at NJ Senate Hearing—12/12/2019
Speaking of ethics and morals…
“One is morally free to use the vaccine regardless of its historical association with abortion. The reason is that the risk to public health, if one chooses not to vaccinate, outweighs the legitimate concern about the origins of the vaccine. This is especially important for parents, who have a moral obligation to protect the life and health of their children and those around them.”National Catholic Bioethics Center FAQ on the Use of Vaccines
Unfortunately, Father Copenhagan isn’t the only one out there distorting religious ideas about vaccines.
For example, while some Orthodox Jewish communities were recently trying to control their large measles outbreaks, there were a few rabbis, including Rabbi Hillel Handler and Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, who were actively advocating against vaccines!
“This is all being orchestrated by the drug companies, which are very close to the CDC,” Handler told the crowd in a gender-segregated room at a catering hall in the Midwood neighborhood. “The doctors all march in lockstep with the CDC. The doctors don’t think they’re marching in lockstep. They don’t understand that the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, is a totally corrupt swamp. … They are criminals.”Gospels and child sacrifice: Inside a NYC ultra-Orthodox anti-vaccination rally
These outbreaks were the largest and the longest in the United States in at least 28 years.
And the overwhelming response from religious leaders were that those who were not vaccinating and protecting their kids were “Senseless! Heartless! Torah-less! and Reckless!”
“We are obliged by the Torah “Venishmartem Meod L’nafshoseichem,” – “to guard our health” and if the recognized experts are telling us to vaccinate, then we must do it.”Der Yid Newspaper – Senseless! Heartless! Torah-less and Reckless
Hopefully everyone is getting that message and they aren’t listening to the very small minority of religious leaders who are against vaccines, even if they are quite vocal.
Because we know what happens when people do and they aren’t vaccinated and protected…
“Dr. Clymer was Director General of the Church from 1905 to his death in 1966. Following the footsteps of Dr. Wilder, in 1904, he authored his first text on this subject, Vaccination Brought Home to You. He further reiterated the Church’s tenet that immunizations are a form of spiritual blood pollution in The Book of Rosicrucaie, Volume II (1947) and the now out of print book, Age of Treason (1957).”The Church of Illumination Tenet on Vaccination and Immunization
Are these really the religious leaders you want to listen to?
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