Things are ramping up in the Covid wars:
Times of crisis often bring out the best and worst in people. And these times will also often bring about clear delineation, distinction and division. A sifting process occurs whereby one’s true colours usually come to the fore. An example from recent history would be how Germans divided over the rise of the Nazis.
While the majority seem to have favoured this development, a minority resolutely opposed it. The reign of Hitler certainly acted as a flash point of division for many. I have written about this before, and future articles will look more closely at how it was that so many Germans seemed to so readily go along with the Nazi program.
Many current examples could be mentioned as well, including all the divisions that Covid and government responses to it have resulted in. Plenty of folks are very much divided as to whether the draconian lockdowns, border closures and strangulation of economies have been justified or actually helpful.
And many are equally divided on the various health mandates, be they vaccine passports, compulsory vaccination, and the ongoing shutdowns of entire states and nations. Christians too have been divided on these matters. As I have already written, things like the Ezekiel Declaration – which I find to be fully biblical, sensible, and Christlike – have been attacked by certain Christian leaders.
While many of these controversial matters that have polarised Christians are not matters of Christian orthodoxy as such, many of them do seem to tell us a fair amount about where folks are coming from. Thus if some believers are far more keen to side with the secular state while attacking other Christians, that is rather telling.
And whether or not one has religious differences over these sorts of things, there still remains plenty of acrimony and division over the health mandates and the pushes by the State to get you to dob ‘recalcitrants’ in. The recent case of Tony Abbott being reported to the authorities for not wearing a mask just after going surfing, and being fined $500, is a case in point of deplorable and Stasi-like behaviour.
Abbott rightly said this: “I never thought dobbing and snitching was part of the Australian character. I think as soon as we can leave this health police state mindset behind us, the better for everyone.” As I have said a few times already, one meme making the rounds certainly expresses how I feel about so much of this madness: “I’m starting to learn who would have hidden Anne Frank and who would have turned her over to the Nazis.” Exactly!
So we clearly are a divided nation on these matters. Let me speak further to one of the most controversial and divisive issues: vaccine passports. I have written numerous articles now on how wrong this move is. And of course it is already upon us.
And I have also written about how this matter is dividing those claiming to be conservatives. Some seem at best nonchalant about them, or at worst, are quite supportive of them. The various commentators on the more-or-less conservative Sky News are a case in point. See more on this here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/09/08/the-covid-untouchables/
They actually seem to like these passports because they are sick of lockdowns and want their freedom back. Hey, me too! But I have fundamental problems with this sort of coercion. Indeed, all the human rights and medical ethics covenants and declarations of the past 75 years speak AGAINST any compulsion and coercion when it comes to medical treatments.
But some of these “conservatives” seem quite happy for a sizeable minority of Australians to forever be treated as second-class citizens and a new class of untouchables. So much for their commitment to liberty, for limited government, and freedom of choice.
Thankfully there have been a few on Sky News who have been quite resistant to the lockdown mania in general, and these passports in particular. Five commentators who are worthy of mention are Cory Bernardi, Alan Jones, Mark Latham, Rowan Dean, and Campbell Newman.
Let me spend time on the last two. On Sunday mornings the program Outsiders is on, hosted by Dean. This past Sunday (September 12), he gave a terrific opening monologue on the two-tiered society we have now become because of this.
I thought it was outstanding, although it took me a while to finally track it down. But now I have, and I urge all of you to watch this 17-minute clip of his: https://www.ourfreedomtube.com/watch/2021-sep-14-rowan-dean-from-outsiders-everything-wrong-with-vaccine-passports-and-mandatory-jabs_AdiWx33dZfcR3uB.html
Please listen and share it around. Part of what he said includes this:
“I’ve repeatedly said I have no problem whatsoever with people being vaccinated or not being vaccinated – what is not acceptable for multiple reasons including constitutional, and legal and ethical and moral reasons, is mandatory vaccination. Indeed, the Australian Immunisation Handbook spells it out very clearly that consent to vaccination has to be given ‘in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation’.”
“Once the authorities have decreed that there are two classes of people in Australia, the good, and the bad; that one class is superior to another and gets special privileges while the other class is shunned, locked out, vilified and loses their employment you have, by definition created an inferior class.”
“For which the Germans once coined as Untermensch (under/inferior person). If that word brings a chill of horror to your hearts, so it should!”
“Worse, and this is what really disturbs me, once the authorities have decreed that there are now two classes of Australians, the good and the bad, and that one class is superior to another and gets special privileges while the other class is shunned, locked out, vilified and loses their employment, you have by definition created an inferior class.”
He also played part of the hyper-viral video by a brave Qantas pilot that I have been speaking about of late: https://rumble.com/vm6tgd-qantas-pilot-speaks-out-about-vaccine-mandate.html
And today Rod Lampard of Caldron Pool in a new article also referred to Dean’s excellent presentation: https://caldronpool.com/professor-of-public-ethics-the-vaccine-hesitant-are-as-evil-as-climate-change-deniers/
Another person worth quoting from is Campbell Newman, a Senate candidate for the Liberal Democrats. He had a column in yesterday’s Australian that was very good. He said, in part:
The question facing Australia today is this: if a smallpox-like virus would justify a vaccine passport but a bad flu season does not, then what rate of fatalities justifies their introduction in a liberal society and suspension of our hard-earned liberties? That is not a question for health bureaucrats; it’s a question to be answered by political leaders in consultation with a range of experts.
Covid is worse than regular flu but it’s also true Covid is closer to regular flu than smallpox. Here are the undisputed facts. The average lifespan of an Australian is 82.6 years. The average age of Covid fatalities in Australia is 85. Since the pandemic began, the Covid fatality rate for Australians under 50 is four in 12,000. Sixty-six per cent of Covid deaths have been in nursing homes. Seventy-three per cent of Covid deaths involved pre-existing chronic health conditions and a higher number involved non-chronic but somewhat serious health complications.
The case is closed – Covid is more comparable to influenza and nothing like smallpox. If we had no lockdowns then our overall fatalities would have risen but these statistical ratios would have held. Covid is serious, but these facts do not justify societal upheaval. They do not justify a Jim Crow-style Covid segregation and that is precisely what a Covid vaccine passport will do for many.
There is so much conflicting Covid data flying around it’s hard to be certain, but an international consensus has emerged – the vaccinated are largely protected from hospitalisation and death but they still catch and transmit Covid. There is debate as to whether the infectious are equally as likely to transmit Covid, but the mere fact there is a debate on that point means it would be wrong to marginalise millions of our citizens on uncertain data.
Before we rush headlong into a two-tiered society, with perhaps one in five Australians condemned to perpetual lockdown and excluded from many aspects of life, let’s pause and think through the practicalities. Workplaces will be torn apart; many of those who would prefer not to have a Covid vaccine will be forced to resign or undertake a medical procedure in which they are doing so only because their livelihood depends on it. That inevitably is going to create tension between employees and employers and between fellow employees. The same can be said for churches, sporting groups, social groups and so on.
What about kids’ birthday parties? When parents send an invitation, are they going to have to stipulate that only the vaccinated can attend? Will the host demand to see the vaccinated status of parents as they enter the party? It would convert a happy, innocent event into one with tension.
I for one am very thankful that there are many concerned Australians speaking out about all this. And the fact that the recently posted video by the Qantas captain that I mentioned above has already been viewed a half million times gives me real hope. Not everyone has their head in the sand, blindly following whatever Big Brother statists and health bureaucrats are telling them to do.
There is hope for Australia yet, as the divide continues to become more pronounced.