An Orthodox Christian leader has labeled the Covid lockdown in Sydney as “mass slavery” and claimed vaccines are pointless because “normal” living will boost immunity.
Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel told parishioners during a service at Wakeley’s Christ The Good Shepherd Church, in the west of the city, that Australians are being treated ‘like animals’ under the coronavirus restrictions.
The church leader claimed that the effects of the disease are “exaggerated” and that people’s immune systems are “god-designed” to fight disease without vaccination.
‘Are we humans? Because we are treated like animals,” said Mr Emmanuel, in images from the July 21 sermon posted online.
“They encourage people to get vaccinated and stay at home. They’ve had enough.’
Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, of Good Shephard Church, slammed lockdowns and vaccines during a church service
“This is absolute mass slavery at its core.”
According to the World Health Organization, vaccines have saved millions of lives since their inception by boosting people’s immune systems to recognize and fight viruses by pre-exposing the body to spores of the pathogen.
This reduces the chance of individuals becoming infected and passing disease on to others, and the risk of developing serious symptoms if they do get the disease.
But the church leader argued that vaccines are pointless because the stress caused by lockdowns ‘destroys’ Australians’ immune systems.
For the past two years, he said he has not been vaccinated and has not contracted the flu or coronavirus.
“I believe, even though I’m not medical and not an expert, that stress is the number one killer of the immune system,” he said.
“God created the immune system and it’s absolutely beautiful. If we let people live normal lives and they feel like people and not treated like slaves, we can fight any virus.
“The vaccine is supposedly supposed to work to boost the immune system, but then again, we’ve put people through so much stress and anxiety that it has destroyed it.” So what’s the use of this vaccine?’
The bishop said he found it “hard to believe” that everything would be okay once vaccination rates increased, which has been marked as Australia’s ticket to being liberated from lockdowns.
Mr Emmanuel claimed that “coronavirus is exaggerated” compared to public health measures and called on the state and federal government to reconsider their regulations, which he described as completely “out of bounds”.
He also claimed that he found it difficult to trust a vaccine promoted by American immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci and billionaire business magnate Bill Gates.
Mr Emmanuel told parishioners at Wakeley Church (pictured) religious co-leaders were ‘weak’ for not speaking out against government’s Covid measures
“Let people live their normal lives and enough of these so-called lockdowns that are absolutely irrelevant,” he said.
“They suffer mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Isn’t this enough to destroy any immune system?’
Describing the government rules as “nonsense”, Mr Emmanuel said it was worse that fellow church leaders were “weak” and not speaking out against the measures, while encouraging believers to follow health regulations.
The bishop said Jesus was a “revolutionary” and urged parishioners to follow in his footsteps by speaking out against the government.
‘What has become of Australia? I don’t recognize it anymore. Apparently you don’t have the right to say anything anymore, and yet they claim there is freedom of speech and religion,” he said.
‘Anyone who speaks the truth, speaks from the Bible, is suddenly a judgmental, discriminatory person. How dare you say “God said gays and lesbians go to hell”. We [Australia] have lost touch with the true god.’
“The government told us to be like weak beings, ‘oh beware, they’re going to charge us now. Oh the police are going to fine us.’ Well, lock the church. I don’t really care.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Christ The Good Shepherd Church for comment.
It comes after one of the country’s most decorated doctors issued a warning about the importance of using vaccines after thousands of anti-vax protesters stormed Sydney’s CBD over the weekend to unite against lockdowns.
Anti-lockdown protests broke out in Sydney (pictured), Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide on Saturday
Australian immunologist Professor Peter Doherty said 97 percent of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 in the US had not been vaccinated – a stark reminder for Australians to roll up their sleeves and get the jab.
Meanwhile, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced that the Sydney lockdown will last until the end of August and restrictions will be adjusted after the state registered a further 177 locally acquired Covid infections on Wednesday.
More businesses will receive support, some traders will be able to re-enter customers’ homes, and 12th-year students in hotspot areas will be vaccinated as a priority under the new measures.
But the nearly five-week lockdown that nearly six million people have endured in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour was not enough to stop 1,050 new infections in the past week.
“Delta is different,” Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday.
“I’m just as upset and frustrated as all of you that we weren’t able to get the case numbers we wanted right now, but that’s the reality.”
NRL star Frank Winterstein and his wife Taylor were among the thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Sydney to protest the city’s lockdown
A woman cheers for joy during Sydney protests as thousands turn out to end lockdowns
At least 68 of the 177 people diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday were circulating in the community for all or part of their contagious period. The isolation status of another 62 remains unknown.
A woman in her 90s became the 11th death of the current outbreak. 56 people are in intensive care, including two teenagers and five in their twenties. Twenty-two patients are on a ventilator.
The main drivers of transmission continued to be interactions in workplaces and households, which often triggered cycles of infection, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.
“But on a positive note… we know that lockdowns work and we need to hold our course,” said Dr Chant, stressing that vaccination was a way out.
Three in ten NSW residents have received their first dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca, with one in eight receiving two doses.
According to state and federal sources, the state’s vaccination capacity is more than 600,000 injections per week.
The extended lockdown will allow more people to be vaccinated, particularly in eight local government areas where the virus is spreading fastest and walk-in AstraZeneca clinics are being rolled out.
Those areas — home to more people than Perth — now include the towns of Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River, meaning only authorized workers can leave.
Sydney’s lockdown has been extended by another four weeks as the city struggles to contain the highly contagious Delta tribe outbreak
Similar to a measure of Victoria’s extended lockdown, a singles bubble will allow a designated family member or friend to visit a single person.
From midnight, residents are not allowed to enter shops more than 10 kilometers from their home, unless it is in their municipal area.
From Saturday, construction can resume in unoccupied areas outside the eight hotspots, while respecting social distancing.
The state and federal government’s JobSaver program was significantly strengthened, providing support to businesses struggling with normal annual revenues of $50 million to $250 million.
Companies that maintain their workforces are now eligible for up to $100,000 per week, an increase of $10,000, based on 40 percent of their weekly NSW payroll.
The federal government has increased weekly support payments for individuals, with full-time employees receiving up to $750 and some job seekers who have lost their jobs eligible for $515.
Government aid was now more than $650 million a week.