A reader has contacted us to tell us her shock upon discovering that the Christian organisation she supports, United Beach Missions, is requiring the people who participate as volunteers in its summer activities (many of them young people) to be vaccinated. Here, we publish her correspondence with them.
She first contacted them through a web form:
I was very concerned to see that you are requiring a vaccine for the beach mission. I presume you are unaware that all the current Covid vaccines are only possible because of abortion benefit, and that a number of Christians feel a moral obligation to avoid the vaccine. This article concerns the use of foetal cell lines in the production of the vaccines.
Furthermore, I personally have never known a vaccine to have caused such a quantity of adverse reactions or deaths. I base that on the Yellow Card scheme Government data and USA VAERS data. There are many doctors who are currently being censored who are saying it would be absolutely immoral for children or young adults to be coerced to take the vaccine. Safety trials do not finish until 2023 and there is no mid to long-term data on safety. I pray that the beach mission will not take this stance as we know a number of young people who would love to do beach mission and have done it in the past.
This was UBM’s reply:
Thank you for your letter which we have read with interest.
I am sure you will agree that we are in very difficult days. The steps we have reluctantly taken have been done so with the best of intentions and prayerfully before the Lord.
They have been taken in line with the best Christian and medical advice available to us and with the overarching aim of keeping people safe. We are therefore asking those who come on teams this year to have had the vaccine with the aim of keeping others safe. The issue is the risk to people closely sharing living accommodation, and we are seeking to protect and care for people by limiting transmission, isolation and people getting long Covid. We have sought to minimise the risk as much as possible. We accept this is unlikely to be a perfect set of decisions but has been made after much prayer, consultation and discussion.
The stance of UBM on these ethical questions is very much in line with the churches from which our members come and in line with other Christian organisations. UBM is not pro-abortion and we have made this very clear in our teaching many times.
We accept that that vaccination raises important questions and we fully respect the conscientious objection of other believers in not taking the vaccine.
There are others however who in good conscience believe that to take a vaccine is the better pro-life decision: we trust that you can appreciate their position.
Ultimately we all have the same Lord to Whom we must answer.
We thank your for your support for UBM. We ask for your forbearance and prayers that we may be given wisdom and help in undertaking our mission this year.
Yours in Christ,
Dear xxxx and xxxx,
Thank you for your reply. I am sad to hear of the stand you have taken.
You state that:
“The stance of UBM on these ethical questions is very much in line with the churches from which our members come and in line with other Christian organizations”.
Will it now be standard practice for churches to demand a vaccine for entry, or to participate in evangelism, or to wholly partake in church life? If so, it seems the church, as she sadly has many times throughout history, is embracing segregation of the “clean” and the “unclean”. Those who cannot in conscience take a vaccine based upon abortion benefit are now “unclean” and are forbidden from fully engaging in church life. Is this not the Galatians heresy? UBM is the first I have heard of that has taken this stance.
However, I am even more concerned because of the safety profile of these vaccines and the fact it will be young people coming on your beach mission being coerced to take them to participate.
I met a young lady (aged 24) just last weekend who had been coerced to take the vaccine through her work. As a result, she has had a nonstop period for three months. My cousin was hospitalised with a blood clot after the vaccine. A lady at our church has a co-worker who has now been covered in a rash for months after the vaccine. Another lady at our church had her grandfather die within four hours of the vaccine and her grandmother was hospitalised within days of the vaccine. My mother has a cousin in America who died after the vaccine. This led me to start researching the safety profile of the vaccine by looking at the Government reporting sites such as the Yellow Card scheme. Here is a Government document listing reported adverse reactions and deaths from just the AstraZeneca vaccine in a one year period.
Notice “total reactions from the drug: 785,519” and “total fatal outcome reports: 983”.
For a comparison, here is a U.K. document listing the reported adverse reactions and deaths from the Pediacel vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough) since 2000.
Notice “total reactions from the drug: 3013” and “total fatal outcome reports: 15”.
You can see in a period of one year in the U.K. the AstraZeneca vaccine has had dramatically more reported adverse reactions and deaths than the Pediacel vaccine has had since 2000 (though I believe the Pediacel vaccine became more widely available in 2010 so it would be more fair to say since 2010).
The inventor of the mRNA vaccine, Dr Robert Malone, discussed the ethics of the vaccine being given to young people in this interview.
“He talked intently on bioethics and whether it’s ethical to encourage the young (including children) who are currently healthy to take on the responsibility of being exposed to the risks associated with the vaccines in order to protect the vulnerable (the elderly and those with a compromised immune status). For him, the answer was a categorical, no – it’s not ethical.”
I don’t see how is it ethical to tell young people they may not fully participate in church life if they won’t risk their own health so as to protect us older ones? Isn’t that asking the young to potentially sacrifice their health for us? Shouldn’t we rather make sacrifices for the young?
I’m sure you’re aware that the vaccine companies have indemnity since the vaccine is authorised under emergency usage. Thus, if a young person has an adverse reaction they will get no pay-out from the company. I hope you will take full financial responsibility if any young person takes the vaccine purely to participate and has an adverse reaction?
I appreciate the gravity of the ethical dilemmas and also understand the media gives a very one-sided view. I pray that with this further information you might change your mind.
If you would like to write to UBM about this you can do so here.