Transportation Secretaryon Sunday encouraged evangelical Christians who are reluctant to get vaccinated against to consider that the shots might be a “part of God’s plan.”
“State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, about the large portion of white evangelicals who. According to a poll conducted last month, about 40% of white evangelical Protestants said they likely would not get , 28% of white mainline Protestants, and 27% of Protestants are not white.
“I’ve heard, you know, ‘If I’m faithful, God’s going to take care of me,'” Buttigieg said. “And I guess what I hope they might consider is that maybe a vaccine is part of God’s plan for how you’re going to take care of yourself.” Buttigieg acknowledged during the exchange on CNN that his opinion might not sway many white evangelicals and urged faith .
“In the end, I have to admit that it’s unlikely that an official like me is going to be persuasive to somebody who maybe doesn’t feel like Washington has been speaking to them for a long time,” Buttigieg said.
“Pastoral care is about supporting those who look to you for guidance,” he added. “So I hope anybody looking after a community of people, including a faith community, will consider ways to help guide them toward steps that can protect them and protect those around them.”
There are about 41nationwide. Public that the group’s widespread reluctance to vaccinate could prolong the pandemic.
“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,” Jamie Aten, founder, and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois,.
Some white evangelicals have cited their religious beliefs in, noting a remote connection between abortion and vaccine development. do not contain fetal tissue, but some were developed using cells derived from fetal tissue from elective abortions that took place decades ago, according to the Times.
Other white evangelicals have pointed to their lack of trust in the government.
“I just don’t want to see the government or anybody force people to do something that those people feel is not in their best interests,” a 49-year-old white evangelical man in Tennessee. Public health experts essentially consider COVID-19 vaccines to be for ending the pandemic.
They were returning to some sense of normalcy. Some high-profile conservative pastors, including Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress, have publicly advocated vaccination. But others have warned their followers against it. Gene Bailey, a talk show host on the Christian TV network Victory Channel, warned in March that “gl” ballast entities” w” ll “use” bayonets and prisons to force a needle into your arm,” t” e Times reported.
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