Why Vaccines Are Against My Religion

Why Vaccines Are Against My Religion

Yes, I’m a Christian.
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Many of us have been required to get vaccines to attend universities, so we just get them. But do we know exactly what we are putting into our bodies? Do we know the long-term effects of a shot that we only need for a short-term situation?

I do.

That’s why I’m legally exempted from “mandatory” vaccination.

What a lot of people don’t know is that you can legally exempt yourself from mandatory vaccination depending on the state’s laws. Almost all states allow exemption for medical issues, but some other states like Arizona, allow you to exempt yourself if you are philosophically or religiously opposed to vaccines.

I am both.

There is so much I can say about vaccines and vaccination exemption, but this is just going to be an overview on the religious aspect.

Where in the Bible does it say, “Thou shall not be vaccinated,” you ask? Well it may not say directly, but it can definitely be implied.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

If our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, then we should do everything we can to protect it. We need to protect our bodies from harm, including the vaccines that could be the cause. Vaccinations are not guaranteed to work 100% effectively. Every time we get a shot, we are taking a risk. You could end up even more sick than you were to begin with.

In fact, all vaccines contain chemicals, many of which can be deadly on their own, such as mercury or anti-freeze. Yes you read that right, Mercury and anti-freeze are in some of your vaccines. These deadly chemicals are being put into our body because society tells us we have to, but my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit; I will not poison it with deadly chemicals that aren't considered deadly when they're in a vaccination.

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

If we are made in the image of God, then we are made perfect. Not perfect without sin, but perfectly human, perfectly individual; exactly how God intended us. God does not make mistakes. Why do we need to put immunizations into our body if we have faith in Him to take care of us? Our bodies are made to fight off certain diseases alone, not with vaccines. Why should we make any additions to our bodies if we are already exactly how God wants us already?


Like mentioned earlier, in addition to being religious reasons, there are many other reasons to oppose vaccines as well. Everyone has their own views and mine my seem pretty extreme, but maybe now you will understand when someone is "religiously exempted" from vaccines and I encourage everyone to look into a vaccine and its ingredients before getting one.

Cover Image Credit: Episcopal Cafe

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

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5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

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Super silly but super cute.

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