Reader calls on Mennonites to reject COVID-19 vaccines
Re: “A duty to love our neighbours,” March 1, pages 1 and 18.
I am deeply saddened that so many leaders of the Mennonite church are endorsing vaccinations for COVID-19, and that this magazine would print such a one-sided article. Surely there are some leaders who at least question the legitimacy of the global panic.
Why should we put our trust in a vaccine from any of the giant pharmaceutical companies when our “fearfully and wonderfully made” bodies can give us a stronger and broader-based protection from every current virus and all future mutations? Why would we put our trust in an injection of genetically modified foreign material into our bodies when the usual long-term test trials have not been conducted? Even the designers of these so-called vaccines acknowledge that they are being rolled out with unprecedented speed.
If we really wish to be good to our neighbours, we will say no to this massive, unnecessary vaccination program that serves only to generate massive profits for the same companies that have destroyed millions of lives and livelihoods across the globe with their proliferation of drugs, chemicals and genetically modified organisms in the name of health protection and crop protection.
It is so sad that the leaders of faith groups across the globe—with a few exceptions—have become complicit in spreading the biased government and media narratives.
I will refuse to accept this vaccine and pray that my choice will not lead to further restrictions of my fundamental human rights.
It is time to return to our Anabaptist roots of independent thinking and to object to this violence that is being inflicted upon humanity.
—Steve Martin, Clifford, Ont.
Beware the Trojan horse of humour
Re: “What is appropriate humour?” March 1, page 19.
I agree fully with author Joanne De Jong and Brian Froese that humour is certainly essential to have a healthy life. Proverbs 17:22 tells us, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
The concern that I have is that it is with the Trojan horse of humour that much harm can also be done. Personally, I would place the The Simpsons TV show on the top of the list that has mocked and diminished much of what is sacred in our society. Yes, there are issues and hypocrisies that need to be addressed but, unfortunately, many people enjoy the safe place of a soft, comfortable chair from which they laugh at the problem rather than getting up and doing something about it.
When there are hypocrisies in the lives of adults in the faith communities, young people enjoy mocking the inconsistencies because it provides a release for the pain of confusion. For some, it gives them an excuse for not doing what is right. When the leaders fail, as illustrated by Jesus’ comment, “Do as they say but not as they do,” they were likely the laughing stock of the community.
Unfortunately, laughing at them did not help to improve or correct the situation. Humour alone can be dangerous when humorists are using the failures of others to get a laugh for their own benefit. In reality, they are mocking the pain of the victim and legitimizing the offence of the offender.
Jesus exposed the failure and he also gave serious instruction as to how to correct the situation. I believe that more than once Jesus might have finished his message with “Neither do I condemn you, go, but sin no more.”
Yes, laugh and the world laughs with you. It’s funny until you are the object of someone’s joke. We need to learn to laugh at our own mistakes and never take ourselves too seriously.
—David Shantz (online comment)
Snail mail and email both appreciated
Re: “Instead of just hitting ‘Send,’ ” March 1, page 23.
I appreciated Angelika Dawson’s article.
I recently had the misfortune of spending two months in hospital due to some injuries and then living through COVID-19.
I now have a small drawer full of emails, cards and other messages sent to me by family, friends of my children and members of online church. These messages mean a lot to me. I have read and reread them and will do so again.
I appreciate Canadian Mennonite.
—Anna Neufeld, Ottawa, Ont.
Update (May 3, 2021): Thank you to those who offered responses. The online comments for this page are now closed. We advise all readers to follow the recommendations of their regional, provincial and national health authorities. –Virginia A. Hostetler, Executive Editor