The author makes a nice point that SDA anti-vaxxers are internally inconsistent. But his point is limited and unduly charitable. Are we afraid of noting that Anti-Semitism undergirds in part their opposition to the vaccine? I certainly am. I still think David Read at Fulcrum7 is a friend of mine. And I have friends who remain supportive of and unembarrassed by the recent anti-vaccine event at the Village SDA Church in Berrien Springs. So I prefer to avert my eyes and say nothing. But the heavy hand of history compels me to speak out.
David believes and has written the following, generating shrieks of delight from his SDA readers:
(1) the world is under the control of a cabal of Jews, (which he refers to by way of well-known alt right euphemisms such as “globalists,” “global elites,” and “global masters”), including George Soros whom David specifically identifies; (2) Joe Biden is an infirm figurehead doing the bidding of the cabal; (3) members of Congress are of no help, because they have been blackmailed by the intelligence community, which along with the rest of the Deep State is in service to the cabal; (4) COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, so therefore, none of the laws and policies enacted to combat COVID-19 have a public health purpose but are intended to stretch the capability of the cabal to impose totalitarian rule; and (5) vaccine passports are intended to become social credit passports, which will be used to facilitate enforcement of the Mark of the Beast. Because David is a Replacement Theorist, he also believes that the principal goal of the cabal is to dilute America’s whiteness. He very much sympathizes with the Neo-Nazis who chanted in Charlottesville, “Jews will not replace us,” because he regards the dilution of America’s whiteness as an attack against Western Civilization and Christianity itself.
SDA opposition to the vaccine is inextricably linked to loony conspiracies about the world that have deep roots in Anti-Semitism. Granted, anti-Catholicism often serves as a substitute for Anti-Semitism, as carob substitutes for chocolate; SDA bigotry is highly diffuse and not confined exclusively toward the Jews. But every SDA opponent of the vaccine I have encountered is a disciple of Donald Trump. Every SDA opponent of the vaccine I have encountered has expressed to me deep distrust of the mainstream media, of President Biden, of the American government, and of experts. All of that distrust has as its foundation the greatest long-lasting loony conspiracy theory known to humanity, that the Jews are standing in the shadows and pulling the strings.