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NRB Fires Dan Darling for Violating Vaccine-Neutral Policy

NRB fires Dan Darling for violating vaccine-neutral policy | U.S. News

Evangelical author Dan Darling has been fired from his role at the National Religious Broadcasters after he violated the organization’s vaccine neutrality policy.

Darling, who served as the senior vice president of communications for the NRB, a “nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers,” was fired on Friday, according to a report from Religion News Service.

The Original Jesus author was fired after he refused to sign a document recanting comments he made during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where he elaborated on his recent op-ed in USA Today titled, “Why Christians should get the COVID vaccine,” and why his Christian beliefs compelled him to get vaccinated.

The NRB has a policy of remaining neutral on vaccines, however.

During the Aug. 2 broadcast, Darling told co-host Joe Scarborough that getting the vaccine fulfills the biblical mandate to “love our neighbors.”

“We are to love our neighbors, and one of the things we do when we get a vaccine is we not only protect ourselves, but we also do our part … from spreading the virus and hurting our neighbor,” Darling told Scarborough.

In the Aug. 1 op-ed piece, Darling wrote: 

“I believe in this vaccine because I don’t want to see anyone else die of COVID. Our family has lost too many close friends and relatives to COVID, including an uncle, a beloved church member and our piano teacher.

“There are not many things in the world today that are worthy of our trust, but I sincerely believe the COVID-19 vaccine is one of them. As a Christian and an American, I was proud to get it.”

Leaders at NRB reportedly told Darling his statements violated the organization’s policy regarding vaccines. He was told to either sign a statement admitting he had been insubordinate or be fired. When he refused to sign a statement, Darling was fired, according to RNS.

In a statement reported by Ruth Graham of The New York Times and shared on Twitter, Darling said he was “sad and disappointed that my time at NRB has come to a close,” and said it was an “honor” to work for the organization.

“I am grieved that the issues that divide our country are dividing Christians,” he said in the statement, adding that he hopes to “build bridges and bring Christians together” while “unifying believers around the truth of the Gospel.”

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