White Evangelicals’ Vaccine Refusal Could Prolong the Pandemic

🙄Stephanie Nana, an evangelical won’t be getting the vaccine because she believed it contained “aborted cell tissue.” !

🙄Nathan French, a nondenominational ministry leader, says he got a “divine” message from God telling him “The vaccine is not the savior.” !

🙄Lauri Armstrong, a Bible-believing Texan from Dallas says, “she did not need the vaccine because God designed the body to heal itself, if given the right nutrients.” !

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, according to the Pew Research Center.

“If we can’t get a significant number of white evangelicals to come around on this, the pandemic is going to last much longer than it needs to,” said Jamie Aten, founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois.

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