Christian group blasts Taylor Greene over vaccine criticism

A Christian social justice group is slamming Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE after the Georgia Republican accused them of selling "hate" in response to a petition signed by thousands of the group's members criticizing her vaccine skepticism.

Faithful America issued a statement Thursday announcing that its members would pray that Greene stops "rejecting the holy day’s message of new life" ahead of Easter Sunday, and attacking her claim that she does not need a COVID-19 vaccine because she has stated that she is "perfectly healthy."

“Rep. Greene claims to be a ‘pro-life’ Christian while simultaneously getting people killed through her anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theories and her blasphemous claims that COVID-19 vaccine passports are ‘Biden's mark of the beast,' " said the group's executive director, Episcopal priest the Rev. Nathan Empsall.

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"We are especially troubled by her selfish reason for refusing to get vaccinated: that she herself is 'perfectly healthy' and therefore nothing else matters. Does Rep. Greene not realize that by getting vaccinated, she could protect those around her even more than she would protect herself?" Empsall added.

Empsall's comments came a day after Green told Newsweek that "Christian organizations shouldn't tell lies and sell hate in order to exhort money out of people” in response to a petition signed by 5,000 Faithful America members. The petition urged her to stop spreading conspiracy theories and criticized her skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Health officials have expressed worries that people who don't get vaccinated could make it harder for the U.S. to suppress the COVID-19 disease.

Nearly half of Republican men in the U.S. said that they had no plans to get the vaccine in a PBS poll last month.