I’m going to afford David French the grace he refuses to give others: I won’t criticize his faith based on his opinions on the COVID vaccines. I will, however, question his judgment.
The other day, French considered white Evangelical reluctance to take the COVID vaccine. He did so after the Washington Post and Religion News Service piled-on white Evangelicals for their skepticism, accusing them of partisanship and not trusting science.
Some of the accusations were low blows. Historian John Fea was quoted by Religion News as saying, “There’s a long history of anti-science within American evangelicalism. It goes back to the Scopes trial and evolution in the 1920s.” Of course, vaccine hesitancy isn’t anti-science (just as doubts about evolution isn’t anti-science), but some relish the opportunity to make accusations against Christians.
That is a disgusting and dangerous statement by French, a Christian with a huge platform. What is it but a spiritual guilt-trip? His message: get the vaccine or you’re a bad Christian.
Broad commands to vaccinate miss the particulars, of course. What of those Christians hesitant to get a vaccine because of the side effects?
French doesn’t have an answer – he actually fails discuss side effects. more