'Mark of the Beast': Why Some Christians Fear Vaccines

'Mark of the Beast': Why Some Christians Fear Vaccines
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The controversy surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine has been monumental, with conspiracy theories abounding. One particular fringe theory arose out of evangelical apocalypticism: that the Covid-19 vaccine is the "mark of the beast" -- a sign of the end times and a symbol of alignment with the Antichrist. This fear has driven some Christians to request religious exemptions to vaccine mandates. Others have created TikToks dramatizing the Covid-19 vaccine as the mark of the beast. Some in the political arena like Marjorie Taylor Greene have suggested that the vaccine cards are the mark of the beast, while still others have pointed to masks as the true mark. And some have chosen the unconventional path of vandalization to get their point across.

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