There is something deeply personal and disturbing about being coerced into taking drugs. This is particularly true when the drug comes in the form of an injection, and when the one receiving treatment does not want the treatment at all. That may be why the Nuremberg Code explicitly condemns it straight away.
“The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.”
Many NBA players are realizing that they are being coerced, and they don’t like it. Several high-profile players have made statements pushing back on the vaccine mandates this week during media appearances. Some of the most prominent include Kyrie Erving, Bradley Beal, Jonathon Isaac, and Andrew Wiggins.
When Beal was asked about his vaccination status he responded saying that it was a “personal decision.” He then clarified his answer further and added a few questions of his own.
“I would like an explanation to you know, people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID?” he asked. “Like, it’s funny that, ‘Oh, it reduces your chances of going to the hospital,’ but it doesn’t eliminate anybody from getting COVID, right? … and you can still pass [the virus] along with the vaccine, right?” He then finished with, “I don’t think you can pressure anybody into doing things, or putting things in their body.”
The Orlando Magic’s Jonathon Isaac is a devout Christian and an ordained minister. He has been very outspoken on the issue of forced vaccination. He wrote the following on Twitter.
“Misrepresentation only allows for others to attack straw men and not reason with the true ideas and heart of their fellow man, It helps no one! True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God-given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period! More to follow.”
The idea that our rights come from God, and a government’s only role is to protect those rights, is making a resurgence in the unlikeliest of places – the NBA. American’s should be encouraged by these young men willing to step out and stand up to this tyranny. Although the cost to stand may seem too high now, it will only go up in the future.