A Christian argument against Covid restrictions

This Australian Christian speaker, Martyn Iles, makes an argument against “crisis totalitarianism” based on three lines in the sand:

(1) violations of conscience (i.e., forcing people to take the jab against their will);

(2) violations of egalitarianism (i.e., designating unvaccinated as second-class citizens);

(3) violations of freedom of religion – i.e., vax passports for churches, which violates the unity of the body of Christ by barring some from entry. He refers to the phrase “dare to be a Daniel” in reference to the prophet who prayed in defiance of the state.

These are all good points.

He says that we ought not to let “the crisis” dictate everything. This is true. To do so is akin to idolatry. I find this a persuasive argument. Some things are sacred and inviolable, such as conscience. Thus vax mandates and passports can be said to be idolatrous.

His argument does not take issue with ‘vaccines’ themselves but the restrictions that are being imposed in their name. It’s worth listening to.

He’s not aware of the adverse effects or faulty PCR tests, but what matters is the moral force of his argument.

I also disagree with his argument against rights, though I understand why make it: strictly speaking the idea of rights is an Enlightenment idea. I equate it with having a conscience; he does not.

He says it’s not a sin to take the jab in and of itself; I’d agree with that. But it is a sin to force others to take it against their will.

He argues against fear and division. Personally, I do not fear Covid-19 itself, but I do fear a tyrannical state and the ignorance and violence of the mob mentality that falls for these scapegoating tactics against the unvaccinated. However, it’s not as bad in Canada as in China (not yet anyway), so for that, I’m thankful.

I can see that he’s trying to raise important issues without being anti-vaccine. To be pro-freedom and pro-conscience is not necessarily anti-vaccine. To be against mRNA shots is not (strictly speaking) anti-vaccine either, since it’s not a real vaccine.

Thanks to my friend Ed for sending me this thought-provoking video.

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

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