Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged not to impose controversial vaccine passports on churches in England.
Christian Action Research & Education (CARE) told the PM the idea was ‘antithetical to the very nature of the church’, adding in a letter that ‘the imposition of vaccine certificates on churches would be unwelcome and a fundamental undermining of basic freedoms.’
‘The idea that access to a church should require some special certification is antithetical to the very nature of the church as a place of refuge for the most vulnerable in our society.
‘Others have highlighted the prospect of a ‘two-tiered system’. On the one hand, citizens who are vaccinated would be free to go about their lives. On the other, those who are not vaccinated would be barred from certain entitlements.’
Nola Leach, CEO of CARE, said: “Christians are understandably concerned at the prospect of a vaccine certificates that would bar those who have not had a vaccine from church.
“It makes little sense when churches are already abiding by regulations and taking care not to expose visitors to unnecessary risks.
“I urge the Prime Minister to think about this in the coming weeks, as I know he will be, and provide an assurance to the Christian community that the government will not go down this path,” Ms Leach added.
Picture: Westminster Cathedral. (Mazur/cbcew.org.uk).