Deal Barlow on Christian Nationalism and COVID-19 Vaccination

Monique Deal Barlow, a PhD candidate of Political Science, discussed the underlying reasons why white evangelicals are the least likely religious group to say they will get vaccinated against coronavirus.

In an article for the Conversation, she argued that “suspicion from religious conservatives regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is built on the back of their growing distrust of science, medicine and the global elite.” “They feel that COVID-19 is God’s divinely ordained message telling the world to change. If the government tells them to go against that idea and vaccinate, many of them they feel they are either going against God’s will or that the government is violating their religious freedom.”

Deal Barlow‘s research focuses on the intersectionality of Evangelical Christianity and politics, and attitudes toward civil rights for marginalized populations.

Read the full article on the Conversation.