FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE – Representatives of Protestant, Muslim and Jewish faiths speak out in favor of the vaccination of all. Faced with the health crisis, they urge the French not to be divided on health issues, in order to preserve fraternity as a pillar of our society.
Pastor François Clavairoly is president of the Protestant Federation of France. Haïm Korsia is Chief Rabbi of France. Mohamed Moussaoui is president of the French Council of Muslim Worship.
Since March 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, some have improvised virologists, epidemiologists or other specialists.
We have seen eminent specialists surge onto television sets, each having an idea of the possible seasonality of the virus, the possible treatments and its response to such and such a molecule.
Whether we are teleworking or not, the virus has become the heart of all conversations and many have decreed that their opinion could be equal to that of the experts, as they were torn apart by the media. All the more so, if ” the facts are completely denied by my opinion », As Xavier Gorce liked to bite it.
For more than six months and the launch of the first vaccine, there are just as many specialists in vaccination or messenger RNA. Not to mention the most absurd conspiracy theories circulating on social networks.
All studies today demonstrate the effectiveness of vaccination, in that it protects against disease and contamination. Also, it is imperative to actively encourage vaccination in order to allow us collectively to gradually return to a normal life. Because that is what it is about, protecting the population from a devastating virus in order to regain freedom.
So we must redouble our efforts to convince the skeptics, and to fight the opponents of vaccination, who under the pretext of freedom, want to assert their right to be a danger to others.
Yes, freedom! Freedom to entertain friends, dine out, go to the movies or travel. Simple things in life but which are essential to the happiness of the social being that we are, without having on our heads permanently the sword of Damocles of contamination with this mutant virus, always more dangerous and formidable.
So we must redouble our efforts to convince the skeptics, and to fight the opponents of vaccination, who under the pretext of freedom, want to assert their right to be a danger to others. The latter argue for freedom, one of the essential pillars of our republican triptych, as a scarecrow to cry scandal or even conspiracy. A minority of French people loudly, and sometimes even indecently, their individual freedoms to refuse the vaccine against the pandemic which is ravaging the planet.
We protest against having seen in the streets of our country, demonstrators marching wearing yellow stars. Nothing can ever be compared to the Shoah. Nothing.
Joseph Szwarc, survivor of the Vel d’Hiv, reminded us with great emotion and we fully subscribe to it. The cartoons, slogans and images drawing a parallel between calls for vaccination and the mass deportation and then extermination of Jews by the Third Reich are a disgrace. The signatories of this tribune are committed with all their strength and all their soul, by their deepest convictions, to the fullest and most universal exercise of freedoms. First and foremost, individual freedom of conscience, the freedom of believers and that of free thinkers, and more generally in our Republic, fortunately secular, freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and the procession of other freedoms than bequeathed to us the battles of our fathers and ancestors. Many of them gave their lives for these values that we must cherish and to which so many of our contemporaries do not yet have or no longer have access.
To refuse the vaccine is not only to risk the blows of the virus for oneself, it is practically to arm one’s own body, as one would unpin a grenade, to transform it into a potentially lethal device, striking blindly and randomly around you. .
If demonstrating is a right, not everything is allowed and certainly not the shameful amalgamations that only seek to shock. Make no mistake about it. ” Freedom is always the freedom of the other Said Rosa Luxembourg. It is inadmissible to excuse freedom to justify a posture hindering the freedom of others, being as a bonus, likely to put the health of others at risk.
« Freedom, how many crimes we commit in your name Madame Roland cried on the scaffold, climbing the steps where the Terror was leading her. Today, at the heart of the pandemic, in France there is no Terror, no dictatorship, no scaffold for anyone. It is the fragile scaffolding of our human societies that is threatened in its complexity, its fragility and in the unprecedented interdependence of all human beings, and beyond, of all living beings, everywhere on the planet. Of dictatorship, there is only that of the statistical laws of viral propagation and random mutations. And of Terror, there is only that inspired by ignorance, mistrust, disinformation and a few prophets of doom with obscure designs.
We therefore hope that our unanimous voices will carry loud, clear and far when we solemnly want to signify here that evoking his personal freedom to refuse the act of solidarity and brotherhood of vaccination is an absolute deviation from this wonderful attribute that is our free will.
It is obviously not within our competence to recall here the scientific reasoning which makes vaccination, alongside elementary precautions in our interactions, the only weapon in the face of the virus. Or rather, should we say, the only shield. Individual shield and collective shield.
Because to refuse the vaccine is not only to risk the blows of the virus for oneself, it is practically to arm one’s own body, as one would unpin a grenade, to transform it into a potentially fatal device, striking blindly and randomly around self. Beyond the affirmation of our freedom, it is natural law and the most essential foundations of universal consciousness that condemn such a reversal of the notion of free will to substitute for the war of each against the virus the war of all against all.
Faced with the virus, our republican motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” is undermined because we are not equal in the face of it and our freedom is temporarily constrained by the necessities of the health fight.
Moreover, in these exceptional circumstances, the proven rule which states that the freedom of each one stops where the freedom of the others begins no longer has any meaning, since we are all aligned on the same front line, without possible withdrawal. Because, we live in a society where our rights imply duties.
Vaccination is therefore not only a measure of self-protection and solidarity, it is the very opposite of an act of individual and collective aggression.
Faced with the virus, our republican motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” is undermined because we are not equal in the face of it and our freedom is temporarily constrained by the necessities of the health fight. Fraternity must therefore remain the most solid pillar of our society. A pillar in the face of the pandemic, but also in the face of the many other threats that threaten humanity and even the entire biosphere.
When it is necessary to fight against inevitable future pandemics, against climate change, against the gaping inequalities between populations of the Earth, the dissident exercise of its own free will will not save any traveler who declares himself to be a stowaway in order to better free himself from the common necessities and laws assumed by others.
Common necessities and laws? Which ones?
The answer is simple.
You will not kill.
You are vaccinated.
Or in a less biblical and more republican way, to be vaccinated is to be protected and to protect others. To be vaccinated is to be “your brother’s keeper”.
To be vaccinated to finally be free.