Tuesday, July 27, 2021

It’s frightening to see health precautions become such a political issue.  National news media report that the hesitancy to the coronavirus vaccine has hardened into hostility and, what’s even more frightening, has spread into other areas of illness prevention. In Tennessee, for instance, the state’s top vaccine official, Dr. Michelle Fiscus was given the choice of being fired or resigning because she encouraged vaccination. 

Arizona has prohibited schools from requiring masks for students or staff even as the more highly infectious Delta variant is spreading, and, moreover, hs told at least two school districts that they cannot impose a quarantine on students or staff who have been exposed to Covid-19.

Certain vaccines are already required for children attending school in all states include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio. Will the anti-vaxxers go after those standard prohibitions as well?  Why don’t we just stop telling people to wash their hands after using the bathroom or be sure to not to cover their mouths when they sneeze?

Prayer for the Day

O Divine Light, that shines in the deep darkness,       

    Brighten our lives with the light of knowledge;            

Bring your wisdom into our hearts and minds

    And teach us to accept the learning of science.                            

Help us recognize that the real change is in ourselves         

    So that we can live in true community with others.      

In the name of the One who calls us to understanding,

     Even Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thoughts for the Day

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

            Aldous Huxley, British writer from his Collected Essays (1894-1963)

Ignorance is not stupidity, but it might as well be.

            Lois McMaster Bujold, American fiction writer

For wickedness is a cowardly thing, condemned by its own testimony;

   Distressed by conscience, it has always exaggerated the difficulties.

For fear is nothing but a giving up of the helps that come from reason;

   And hope, defeated by this inward weakness, prefers ignorance of what causes

      this torment.

            Wisdom of Solomon 17: 11-13