New York Governor Kathy Hochul preached a sermon at a NYC church this past Sunday, and claimed that those who had not yet taken a COVID-19 shot “aren’t listening to God and what God wants.”
Here’s a partial transcript of what she said:
We are not through this pandemic. I wished we were, but I prayed a lot to God during this time.
And you know what? God did answer our prayers. He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers, he made them come up with a vaccine.
That is from God to us. And we must say, “Thank you, God. Thank you.”
And I wear my vaccinated necklace all the time to to say “I’m vaccinated.”
All of you. Yes, I know you’re vaccinated. You’re the smart ones.
But, you know, there’s people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants. You know this. You know who they are.
I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say: “We owe this to each other.”
We love each other. Jesus taught us to love one another. And how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, “Please get vaccinated, because I love you. I want you to live.”
I want our kids to be safe when they’re in schools. I want you to be safe when you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital and are treated by somebody.
You don’t want to get the virus from them. You’re already sick, or you wouldn’t be there. We have to solve this, my friends. I need every one of you. I need you to let them know that this is how we can fight this pandemic, come back to normal, and then start talking about the real issues that we have to: fighting systemic racial injustice.