On August 6, 2020, an opinion piece appeared in USA Today titled, Defeat COVID-19 by requiring vaccination for all. It’s not un-American, it’s patriotic. As shocking as that headline may seem, the subtitle was even more jarring: Make vaccines free, don’t allow religious or personal objections, and create disincentives for those who refuse vaccines shown to be safe and effective. But perhaps most frightening of all is the fact that the majority of Americans support these measures.
One of our nation’s greatest Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is famously quoted as saying, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” While Franklin was not speaking of vaccine mandates at the time, these words could not be more applicable to the American vaccination program and the coordinated campaign deployed by the pharmaceutical industry to eliminate religious (and, for all intents and purposes, medical) exemptions to vaccinations in every state in the union. For the last decade, and especially within the last five years, Democrat-controlled state legislatures in California, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and several other states have introduced legislation, with varying degrees of success, to eliminate exemptions to mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren.
As if making forced injection of a foreign substance a prerequisite to a child receiving an education weren’t disgusting enough, the COVID-19 p(l)andemic has exposed the end game that many have long suspected, but never could prove, was there all along: forced vaccination as a prerequisite for every aspect of daily life, from employment, to higher education, to obtaining a driver’s license, to buying groceries. Don’t believe it? Then you obviously haven’t read the above-referenced opinion piece:
How can government and society ensure compliance with protective vaccines?
Vaccine refusers could lose tax credits or be denied nonessential government benefits. Health insurers could levy higher premiums for those who by refusing immunization place themselves and others at risk, as is the case for smokers. Private businesses could refuse to employ or serve unvaccinated individuals. Schools could refuse to allow unimmunized children to attend classes. Public and commercial transit companies — airlines, trains and buses — could exclude refusers. Public and private auditoriums could require evidence of immunization for entry.
The authors–three professors from Case Western Reserve University, including a physician, an attorney, and a bioethicist–propose that religious exemptions should never be honored, because “the major religions do not officially oppose vaccinations.” While this statement is patently false (this notion was thoroughly debunked at the religious freedom conference hosted by the CT Freedom Alliance in February of this year), the larger issue the authors (no doubt willfully) fail to mention is that it would be irrelevant even if it were true. The religious protections recorded in the United States Constitution have never been interpreted by the United States Supreme Court (or any other federal court, to my knowledge), to extend only to the “major religions.” The purpose of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is to prohibit government from making laws that favor one religion over another. Disallowing religious exemptions on the basis that the beliefs upon which they are founded are not within the sphere of theology contained in the “major religions” would seem to me to be very clearly an unconstitutional motivation for such a restriction, and would almost certainly be a denial of the equal protection of the laws in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. If only the beliefs of the children and parents belonging to the “major religions” are honored, it is hard to see how that would not be a denial of equal protection.
The authors further propose the institution of an immunization registry and “immunization certification cards” complete with stamped expiration dates. Although they admit that such measures “might seem draconian,” they dismiss it as a “negligible sacrifice.” Since when is the denial of the most basic human rights a “negligible sacrifice”? Were the authors’ vision to become reality–and there is a very distinct possibility that it may–that is precisely what would be sacrificed if one failed to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Access to food, employment, education, housing, and health care are all human rights. And they would all be eliminated for those who refuse, even on the basis of sincerely-held religious beliefs, to submit to these forced vaccinations.
Compounding the brutishness of this proposal is the suggestion that these violations of bodily autonomy would have to be repeated with “periodic booster” shots. This is the reason for the expiration dates on the cards every man, woman, and child would be required to carry as proof that they are “clean” and–even more important for those in positions of power–compliant. After all, this proposal really has nothing at all to do with public health. It has nothing to do with protecting the “herd” or saving lives. It has everything to do with supreme control and manipulation.
Refusing a person food because they hold dear to their religious beliefs is inhumane. It should be criminal. But three professors at Case Western Reserve University think it is “patriotic.”