In an open letter sent to President Biden, pastors representing 101 diverse congregations across what is known as the Bible Belt of Ohio expressed their disapproval of mandated inoculations by the Biden administration. In part, the letter states (and cites its sources):
"We think it is immoral for persons to be forced to take unproven COVID-19 experimental vaccinations associated with nearly fifteen thousand deaths, 1.5 million reports of adverse events, at least one hundred thousand breakthrough COVID infections in vaccinated persons, and that may alter their own DNA."
One of the signatories, Pastor John Bouquet of Bethel Baptist Church in Savannah, Ohio, spoke with AFN.
"We don't believe that President Biden – or any other president – has the right to mandate our health concerns and tell our people what to do with their bodies," he offers.
Bouquet observes that many of the same people who demand that women have the right to choose to have an abortion aren't extending the same right to individuals when it comes to taking the COVID injection.
"It's very hypocritical," he charges. "But that's the way the liberal side of humanity operates: when it's convenient for me, then it's right – but when it goes against the principles of a lot of Christians, then it's wrong and it's hateful. They even go so far as to call it racist."
But Bouquet thinks the Church is starting to wake up and no longer be intimidated by terms and verbal attacks intended to make followers of Christ feel guilty.
"We're going to draw a line in the sand," he explains, "[which says] If I'm a believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God owns my body [and] lives in my body; and he's the one who dictates what I should take in my body or what I should not take in my body.
"And we're not going to bend a knee to Mr. Biden, to Mr. Schumer, or to Mrs. Pelosi," he emphasizes.
The letter also contrasts the president's vow in December that he wouldn't impose a national injection mandate to what he's doing now; points out the administration's decision to allow illegal immigrants to cross into the U.S. with no health screening; and states the pastors' belief that God-given natural immunity can be more effective than experimental vaccines that haven't been properly tested through clinical trials.