It is a moral duty of Christians to stand with those who are scapegoated and oppressed, as per Matthew 25:40: “inasmuch as you this for the least of mine, you do it also unto Me.”
As disciples of Christ, in imitatio Dei, we are anointed by God to “set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). Matt. 25:40 can apply strictly to only Christian brothers, but along with many theologians I think it applies more broadly to all persons.
The Roman Catholic Church also seems to see it that way, at least judging from their statements on human dignity and social justice.
But unfortunately, the Church seems to have developed a blind spot when it comes to the issue of social injustice stemming from Covid restrictions.
Why does the RCC not understand it’s wrong to coerce people into medical procedure against their will? The Church is not supposed to subscribe to the same instrumental reason and utilitarian thinking that secular society does. No one is expendable.
Such coercion a blatant violation of the Nuremberg Code and human rights. It abuses the dignity of workers. It is dehumanizing.
The state and media are against those who choose medical freedom. Now it is claimed that the Ontario Human Right Code does not apply to them — a clear case of discrimination — because it is their choice. That is cowardly reasoning on the part supposed human rights advocates. It is a way of backing out of a fight they should be engaged in.
The unvaccinated are alone. They are the ““”the least of mine.” Where is the church’s much-needed moral authority at this time?
It is a violation of the spirit of the Gospels to force experimental drugs on people.
Right now, millions of unvaccinated people are being scapegoated unjustly, opting to lose their jobs rather than receive an injection of an experimental drug known to cause negative side effects / adverse events, e.g.,
- FDA data sheets that admit to a long list covid-19 vaccine side effects, including neurological problems, anaphylactic shock and loss of consciousness. This FDA fact sheet admits that 86.2% of children who participated in a Pfizer covid vaccine trial experienced adverse reactions.
- State-level information sheets such as this Connecticut document that admits covid-19 vaccines may cause permanent injury or harm.
- Reports citing VAERS data from CDC.gov, showing that thousands of Americans have already died after taking covid-19 vaccines. (VAERS data is publicly available for anyone to view.)
Moreover, there’s a clear theological case for opting out as a matter of conscience, an argument being used by those seeking religious exemptions:
(1) Our bodies belong to God and should not be polluted: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV).
(2) The production of the ‘vaccines’ involved fetal cell lines, the use of which in the view of many religious authorities runs contrary the church’s pro-life stance. All the current COVID vaccines in Canada use of aborted fetal cell (lines) on some stage of the research and development (Pfizer, Moderna) or production and manufacturing (Johnson and Johnson). While none of them contain any fetal cells in the shot, fetal cells are still used in some parts of the process . . . the use of aborted fetal cells is a violation of conscience.
There are several other points in this letter of religious objection to to the jab.
The RCC sent a letter to employees in Canada, telling them that they had to take the shot or risk losing their jobs. Rather than take a stand for this group, the RCC joined the oppressors.
Why should people be asked to gamble with their health by injecting a drug that is not entirely safe? It’s not safe or effective, yet we’re being lied to by Health Canada when they say it is. The testimony of courageous dissident physicians and scientists suggest otherwise. If it doesn’t really work, and if the threat of the disease its meant to remedy is inflated, then why are people being forced to take it against their will?
The reason: an alliance of three political forces, none of them interested in protecting public health: the Chinese Communist Party, the pharmaceutical corporations (and those they influence), and political forces that want global governance. Why is the church supporting these “powers and principalities.” Christ said “my kingdom is not of this world.”
The Canadian RCC statement on social justice begins with the NT Greek word kerygma, which means a “proclamation of religious truths as taught in the Gospels.” The statement thus takes on the mantle of supreme religious authority.
It articulates the “duty and right of God’s people to proclaim and actively defend the dignity of the human person. The new Code of Canon Law (747 §2) speaks clearly about this obligation and right: “It is in the Church’s competence to proclaim the moral principles of the social order in all times and places and to make judgments on all human matters, when this is demanded by the fundamental rights of human beings or the salvation of souls.”
Where is the dignity and fundamental rights of human being who have suffered from the lockdowns (joblessness, poverty depression, domestic abuse, prevented from family events and weddings and funerals, barred from seeing dying relatives in nursing homes, drug overdoses, suicides)?
These lockdowns failed to meet the test of cost-benefit analyses and were unnecessary, cruel and pointless. Where was the church’s stand for social justice then? And where is the church when innocent people are being scapegoated for simply exercising freedom of medical choice?
The hate speech against the unvaccinated should be worrisome for anyone even vaguely familiar with the history of totalitarianism. It starts with dehumanizing rhetoric, the segregation and discrimination of a minority group, then escalates into arrests, incarcerations, and worse.
Trudeau has now built “isolation camps” after denying that he was doing so in Oct. 2020. There is something very unsettling about this, to say the least; they’re reminiscent of the re-education camps in East Turkestan.
The church should not be imposing discriminatory vaccine mandates. To treat a healthy population as though it’s diseased is wrong. The church should not be siding with power and deferring to the state so readily.
Many people see the truth of what’s happening to our society: the erosion of civil liberties (including freedom of religion), the scapegoating, the censorship, the government prevarications, the growing authoritarianism.
It’s always hidden by propaganda of one kind or another, but the use of reason reveals it easily enough for those “have eyes to see.” If people are deceived by the media and state, it’s because they want to be. The church should not be so easily deceived, so complicit.
There’s a scene in the film The Field (1990) [minute 1:29:55] set in the early 20th century, where a farmer says to the priest, “Go on, father. Lock the gates to God’s house. They were locked at the time of the famine too. No priest died the time of the famine. Only poor people, like us.” He refers to the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-52.
Earlier in the film, his friend says, “Damn priests, too clever by half. They never live out in the world like us . . . They’re the Judases of this nation. They know on which side their bread is buttered, make no mistake.”
Something similar is unfolding now. Will the church side with the people or with those in power? When the church lost state power, through the growth of secularism, it had a chance to regain its soul. This could be the church’s finest hour, siding with truth and justice against a growing and ominous medical tyranny.
The RCC should live up to its own kerygma on social justice and human dignity. The unvaccinated are being denied access to some locations and services through which is essentially legalized segregation. They are being turned into second-class citizens.
This is robbing human beings of their dignity. It is treating them as though they’re diseased, to be shunned. This is morally wrong. It is evil. It runs contrary to the brotherhood preached in the Gospels:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). In the same way, there is neither vaccinated nor unvaccinated – and yet that is the division being imposed on us today.
And it is causing fear, division and hatred unnecessarily. “A house divided cannot stand” (Luke 11:17).
Jesus stood with the poor, the underclass. The new underclass are the unvaccinated. It’s not a selfish act to not take the jab. First of all, “the body is a temple”, a gift from God, to be taken care of. The mRNA drug is not safe or healthy. It pollutes the temples of our bodies.
Secondly, many choose not to take it, as an kenotic act, to self-empty themselves of the more privileged status hat being vaccinated confers, to reject the stench of tyranny and lies used to promote this new regime.
It is a symbolic refusal to participate in an enormous and wicked lie. The lie is that this is about public health. In fact, what’s happening is that a system of segregation and discrimination is replacing a previously egalitarian society, dividing and conquering us by degrees, incrementally bringing us closer to totalitarianism — just as is done in China. The vaccine mandates are pattered after the social credit system there.
In that country, the RCC is run by the CCP, who appoint the bishops and are even changing the Biblical verses. They persecute Christians. Does the RCC really want the West to become like that Communist dictatorship? That’s where we’re headed, with the censorship, the state control, the new division, the violation of fundamental rights and freedoms. We are becoming more like China every day.
To stand with those who refuse to participate in a new system designed to scapegoat and dehumanize a portion of us. Already, to not wear a mask is a symbol of privilege while servants must wear them.
It’s not the first time in history that an otherwise healthy population has been called diseased and been dehumanized. Scapegoating has always happened throughout history. The Church has itself been the instigator of it on many occasions (e.g., witch-burning). Theologian Rene Girard explores this in his books.
Girard argues that the Cross is a symbol of countermimesis, insofar as it exposes the lie of transferred guilt because Jesus was wholly innocent. The unvaccinated too are innocent of the charge levied against them, of being diseased, selfish, etc. Most choose medical freedom as a matter of conscience, to not participate in a lie. We do not want another repeat of past persecutions.
Those who want freedom of medical choice are not wrong. It’s a basic civil liberty and a universal and inalienable human right.
We are not facing a deadly pandemic. It is a lie to say that we are. It is creating mass hysteria. Covid-19 is an unremarkable disease with a roughly 99% recovery rate. Most of the death counts have been inflated.
For instance, in Canada the mortality rate is 1.7% (28,109 deaths out of 1.6 million infected), meaning that there is a 98.3% recovery rate on average. In the U.S., the mortality rate is 1.6%, meaning that the mortality rate is 98.4% on average.
And that’s not adjusting for inflated deaths (which the CDC concedes occurred); if that’s taken into account, the mortality rate of both nations is 99+%.
Most deaths would occur in the over 70 years age group, among those with co-morbidities such as obesity and pre-existing heart and respiratory diseases.
Covid-19 has a low mortality and transmission rate compared to other communicable diseases, so the degree of panic over it not rationally warranted. It was created by the mainstream media.
Its danger is greatly exaggerated in the media, as are the reports of the unvaccinated spreading disease. This is more political propaganda than scientific fact. In fact, Dr. Fauci has lied about it, exaggerating the risk.
Few media sources reported on the harms of the lockdowns, and fewer still are reporting on the harms caused by adverse events and to those who suffer under the vaccine mandates. The voices of those who suffer and speak out are silenced.
The push to get these injections is not about public health; it’s about political power for a few, and pharmaceutical profits. It’s a propaganda campaign designed to push drugs are are not needed on people who don’t want them. And it’s a way to stir up hatred and division, changing society for the worse.
It’s not a moral duty to get a shot that doesn’t work like real vaccine normally does, and which can have negative side effects, including blood clots, heart inflammation, seizures, paralysis, rashes, deafness, and death.
But it is a moral duty to stand with people who are being excluded from society unjustly, just as Jesus stood up for a woman about to be stoned (John 8:1-30).
For the crowd at the time, the reason for doing so seemed as valid as fear of disease does to many now. But in both cases, they were possessed by a violent mob mentality which is the antithesis of God’s universal love for all people.
“The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9)
Where is the moral leadership of the church at this time?
Some churches have sided with those pushing this experimental drug on humanity and oppressing those who refuse it. Some are firing their staff – though it is good to see the Roman Catholic Church reversed itself on this issue.
It’s the proper role of the church to side with the oppressed, not be complicit in oppression. It’s a moral and Christian duty to oppose discrimination, scapegoating, and oppression of our neighbour. It is in this way that we can follow His Commandment to love one another (John 13:34). The false division needs to be challenged by the church.
The same people who push this division on us are the same ones who also shut down churches in 2020, and violated freedom of religion and arrested Christian pastors. Sometimes the church is called on to stand up to the state when the state is wrong.
The Roman Catholic Church sided with the state in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, and is now universally acknowledged as wrong to do so.
This is another time when the church should stand up to the state in defense of the oppressed, and take a moral stand against a social injustice perpetrated against millions, and be consistent with its own moral teachings on social justice.