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Bishop Joseph Strickland: "Creating a COVID-19 vaccine built on using the tissue — the parts of unborn children that are only available because they were killed. ... That I would call diabolical."
At an ABC News Town Hall in mid-October, Joe Biden was asked if he would mandate a vaccine.
Joe Biden: "The answer is, depending on how clear — there's vaccines, they say, have a very positive impact, and they are going to affect positively 85% of the American public. ... But I would think that we should be talking about, depending on the continuation of the spread of the virus, we should be thinking about making it mandatory."
Questioned on enforcing such a mandate, Biden went on to talk about making masks compulsory.
Biden: "I go to every mayor, I go to every councilman, I go to every local official, say, mandate the mask, man — say, this is what you have to do when you're out."
One priest, who requested anonymity for fear of repercussions from the bishop, explained what he sees as an ominous connection between masks and vaccines.
If mask mandates were meant as an effective emergency health measure, then the dropping off of the threat would mean the end of the mandate. Instead, masks are being set up indefinitely to be traded out for vaccination, which establishes the principle of forced medicine with the vaccine as the cost of participation in society. This lays the foundation for a totalitarian health bureaucracy where — like in China and is being pushed in our own medical journals here — euthanasia becomes a feeder for organ harvesting, and human beings become buckets of spare parts sold at the whim of the State. Officials in the Church need to condemn this rather than worrying about who's going to get the shot first.
If a growing buzz that Biden might pick his friend, New York governor Andrew Cuomo as attorney general is any indication, forced vaccines would likely become a reality.
Cuomo: "I understand freedom of religion. We all do. We respect it. I've heard the anti-vaxxers' theory. But I believe both are overwhelmed by the public health risk."
In 2019, an increase in measles cases led Cuomo to ban religious exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children.
In a statement regarding the legislation, the governor said: "While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health."
But despite his words, Cuomo's actions suggest he has no regard for religious liberty — something made clear by recent crackdowns on religious gatherings, especially those targeting Orthodox Jews.
Those worried about mandated vaccines fear an Orwellian scenario, one in which Biden as big-brother-in-chief would spell the death of religious liberty.