Unethical coercion in Accelerated monitoring community or action required to prevent the spread of infection and return to normal? Opinions about vaccination certificates for travelers – but also for leisure and cultural activities – differ. Do I need a certificate to go to church?
On July 1 this year, digital vaccination certificates were introduced in Sweden. Its purpose is to facilitate safe travel within the EU. But now there are discussions in many countries about being able to move freely in society in the future using the same certificate – at a bubble, concert – or participating in a service.
In the UK, as Written earlier in the day, thousands of church leaders wrote restrictions on medical racism and religious freedom. This project was described as a very dangerous one. They believe the need for a vaccinated passport to go to a restaurant or church opens up to a surveillance community whose personal integrity has been violated. British priests and pastors threatened to allow worshipers inside even if vaccine passes were introduced.
If Sweden gets “bread and glass”, in this case a beer mug in a bar or a grandstand in hockey, it seems less likely that the rights granted in the form of government will be distorted.
– Frida Park
Massive protests and lively demonstrations also took place on July 21 when the country on the other side of the canal introduced the need for a vaccine pass or negative govt tests to go to culture and resorts. However, Emmanuel Macron’s France chose to exclude places of worship from the New Testament because religious freedom has the privilege of providing greater protection than other rights in French law.
And in Sweden Now discussions about expanding the use of vaccine sources. What about churches? Do I need to apply for vaccination certificates? In May, Sophia Kamnerin, general secretary of the Swedish Christian Council, said the issue had not yet been discussed, but hoped that they would warn against measures that would restrict personal integrity. This is not only welcome, but also necessary.
It cannot be overstated how important it is for churches to clearly call for a vaccine against Govt-19, at least not on the basis of the care of fellow human beings. But the vaccine should still be a free choice. If the authorities start providing benefits to those who have been vaccinated, there is a risk that confidence in the conspiracy will increase among those who have dropped the vaccine for conspiracy reasons. It can have the opposite effect. At the same time, churches should strictly defend their right to exercise their faith and reject plans for vaccination certificates to celebrate worship.
With all press conferences in mind during epidemics where the church and the faithful are mentioned only in exceptional cases, it is reasonable to fear that journalists will not focus on political freedom and the risk of further restrictions on religious freedom. If Sweden gets “bread and glass”, in this case a beer mug in a bar or a grandstand in hockey, it seems less likely that religious freedom granted in the form of government will be distorted.
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