Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday offered further critiques of vaccine mandates, reacting to the story of a priest telling unvaccinated people they should not attend holiday church services, prompting the senator to ask if Jesus would have done the same.
During a Christmas Eve appearance on CNN, Father Edward Beck stated that “the unvaccinated” should not attend holiday church services, equating getting the vaccine to following Jesus’s lead in “caring for one another.”
I think part of caring for one another, the dictum of Jesus who we celebrate his birthday, is love one another. Show compassion. Show mercy to each other. So I think the lesson is that if we want to act like Jesus in these kind of times we take care of each other and if we’re going to gather in celebration we have to do so safely, comfortably and we have to give to one another that gift of peace and part of that is health and feeling like we’re gathering in a healthy environment.
Yep. I said it. I don’t think unvaccinated people should be gathering in churches for Christmas Eve / Day Masses. “Love thy neighbor,” says the Savior. @EricaRHill @jimsciutto @NewDay @cnn pic.twitter.com/3iCghHpV4I
— Father Edward Beck (@FrEdwardBeck) December 24, 2021
“Hmmm…Hard to imagine Jesus demanding papers to attend the sermon on the mount after just healing a leper,” Paul said in response to the story:
Hmmm…Hard to imagine Jesus demanding papers to attend the sermon on the mount after just healing a leper. https://t.co/euFu0irHgs
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 28, 2021
Paul has continued to question Dr. Anthony Fauci and the handling of the pandemic over recent months, asserting this week that thousands have likely died due to Fauci deemphasizing the importance of therapeutics in treating the virus:
Senator Rand Paul on Fauci's History of Hindering Therapeutics In Favor of Vaccines
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) December 27, 2021