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Francis Collins at the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory
President Joe Biden tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Bethesda, Maryland. From left, Deputy Director of the NIH NIAAID Vaccine Research Center Dr. Barney Graham, Chief Medical Adviser to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, and Senior Research Fellow and Coronavirus Team Lead at the NIAIC Vaccine Research Center Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett.
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Francis Collins’ Rhetoric About the Unvaccinated is Anything but Christian

Published at The Stream

Francis Collins is Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also is the most well-known evangelical Christian in the federal science establishment.

But his recent rhetoric is anything but Christian.

Earlier this month, Collins appeared on MSNBC. He first suggested that unvaccinated people were selfish, declaring that “this is really an occasion to think about loving your neighbor, not just yourself.”

Collins then attacked unvaccinated people and politicians who oppose vaccine mandates as killers on the wrong side of history.

Dismissing their concerns as a “philosophical political argument” that is part of “a culture war,” Collins said their view is “killing people, including, I’m sad to say, some children.”

“Citizens, we will not escape history,” he declared. “Do you want to be looked at… 10 years from now and defend what you did when in fact, we are losing tens of thousands of lives that didn’t have to die?”

Collins’ rhetoric is self-righteous. It’s vicious. And it’s based on false claims.

The Risks Real People Have to Weigh

If you have a healthy teenage son, are you being “selfish” if you don’t want him to get a COVID-19 vaccine? According to a new study, teenage males are vastly more likely to suffer a post-vaccine heart problem (a “cardiac adverse event”) than hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.

Is it selfish or loving to be concerned about the risk to your son?

Or what if you’ve already recovered from COVID-19? That includes more than 119 million Americans. According to studies, those who have had COVID-19 are far less likely to get infected again than vaccinated individuals who haven’t yet had the disease.

So are you a selfish killer simply because you want to rely on your natural immunity after having recovered from COVID-19?

What if you are a healthy person under age 65 with no underlying health conditionsYour risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 is small. Are you irrational or selfish because you have concerns about the risk of taking a COVID-19 vaccine?

Adverse Reactions

Since 1990, over 1.5 million adverse events have been submitted to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Guess what percentage of these adverse events come from the COVID-19 vaccines? Five percent? Ten percent? Twenty percent?

Continue Reading at The Stream

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.