Priests speak out: the moral case against vaccine passports

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 19, 2021
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    Over the weekend, a group of over 1,200 church leaders from a range of denominations sent an open letter to the Prime Minister. It warned that vaccine passports raised serious ethical concerns and risked creating a ‘surveillance state’ that would ‘bring about the end of liberal democracy as we know it’.

    We spoke to two of the original signatories — Rev Dr. William Philip, of the Tron church in Glasgow, and Rev Dr. Jamie Franklin, curator of St. George in the Meadow in Nottingham. In this interview, both offered a scathing assessment of the concept of vaccine passports and explained why they could not support it.

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    00:21 - Intro
    01:11 - Why write the letter?
    02:35 - Who signed it?
    05:09 - Church closures
    06:41 - Spiritual vs physical health
    09:19 - Separation of church and state
    10:14 - Vaccine passports
    13:21 - What it means to be human
    15:39 - Inevitability of death
    19:04 - Christian ethical dilemmas with science
    21:10 - Science as a new religion

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