On Super Tuesday, Maine is going to hold a referendum to vote on whether its new law to remove religious and philosophical exemptions to school vaccine requirements will stand.
(I know we generally avoid politics here, but in this case I’m more interested in the intersection of science and faith rather than anything to do with partisanship or candidates.)
Over the past few weeks I’ve seen several friends on social media (some of whom are in church leadership positions) posting in support of restoring the exemptions, and many approach it along the lines of, “I’m not an anti-vaxer, but I just think people should have the freedom to choose.” Obviously my point of view is limited by newsfeed algorithms and other such things, but it certainly seems to me that among my Christian friends there are many more vocal supporters of keeping religious and philosophical exemptions than not.
Has the topic of vaccines come up in your church or among Christian friends, and if so how do you navigate differences of opinion? (whether on vaccines themselves or on the degree to which the government should mandate them)