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U.S. Evangelical Leaders Preach Covid Vaccine Benefits to Their Followers

  • Franklin Graham tells flock to follow Good Samaritan’s example
  • What would Elvis do? He’d get the jab, says a Baptist minister
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Three months into the U.S. effort to inoculate its way to herd immunity, White evangelical Christianity’s biggest names are coming out in favor of Covid-19 vaccines. Their followers’ response suggests that won’t be enough to overcome the country’s largest pocket of vaccine resistance, just as infections are rebounding.

Franklin Graham, son of pioneering televangelist Billy Graham, told his Facebook followers this week that Jesus Christ would advocate vaccination, basing his interpretation on the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. The posting came after a run of appearances from megachurch leader Robert Jeffress on Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network telling viewers that Christianity encourages looking out for others.