White Evangelicals Pose Greatest Threat To Vax Effort

The New York Times reports:

The deeply held spiritual convictions or counterfactual arguments may vary. But across white evangelical America, reasons not to get vaccinated have spread as quickly as the virus that public health officials are hoping to overcome through herd immunity. The opposition is rooted in a mix of religious faith and a longstanding wariness of mainstream science, and it is fueled by broader cultural distrust of institutions and gravitation to online conspiracy theories.

The sheer size of the community poses a major problem for the country’s ability to recover from a pandemic that has resulted in the deaths of half a million Americans. And evangelical ideas and instincts have a way of spreading, even internationally. There are about 41 million white evangelical adults in the U.S. About 45 percent said in late February that they would not get vaccinated against Covid-19, making them among the least likely demographic groups to do so.

Read the full article. Among the leading evangelical anti-vaxxers is hate pastor Greg Locke [photo above], who is perhaps most infamous for threatening to “kick in the teeth” of a teenage Dunkin Donuts worker who asked him to wear a mask. Via The Friendly Atheist, below is yesterday’s rant by Locke to his congregation. Last month evangelical leader Franklin Graham got massive blowback from his own followers when he urged them to get vaccinated.