When I was in elementary school in Lake City, my well-meaning moms and dads – who were then nominal Christian scientists – let me be exempted from Seattle Public Schools vaccination regulations for religious reasons. I’m not sure if that was the best idea, but as a little kid it wasn’t a big deal to me.
Jump forward to 2021 and it looks like there are an unusually high number of Christian Scientists working for Washington State. Or maybe not.
According to reports, 8% of state government officials have requested medical or religious exemptions for Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. At least 4,799 exemptions have been filed by workers in 24 government agencies, and more may follow. Call me cynical, but I suspect that for some of these people, God will not guide their choices unless the Almighty has taken the form of a Fox News commentator.
Politics and religion have certainly intermingled in today’s society, but at least so far it is not considered a legitimate belief to be a supporter of anti-vaccine crazies from talk radio, right-wing media, and the ranks of Republican Congressmen.
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