National Religious Broadcasters spokesperson sacked after pro-vaccine comments on “Morning Joe”
The spokesperson for the National Religious Broadcasters, an international association of evangelical communicators, was fired on Friday following an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier this month in which he spoke about how his faith brought it down. had motivated to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Pastor Daniel Darling appeared on the cable news show last Wednesday to talk about his most recent column for USA Today titled “Why As a Christian and American I Got the COVID Vaccine.”
In her conversation with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Darling said that faith played an important role in her decision to get the vaccine, especially the idea that “we must love our neighbor.” By getting vaccinated, people not only protect themselves, but become less likely to infect others, he said.
Darling also urged leaders to stop politicizing vaccines “because I don’t want to see anyone else die from Covid,” he said.
His exit from the National Religious Broadcasters came after the organization determined that his comments violated an internal policy of remaining neutral on Covid-19 vaccines. Darling was fired two days after refusing to sign a letter admitting insubordination.
The National Religious Broadcasters did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment on Saturday.
According to their website, “NRB strives to protect the free speech rights of our members.”
In a statement to NBC News, Darling said he was “sad and disappointed that my time at NRB has come to an end. As someone deeply shaped by Christian media, it has been an honor to work on behalf of our members who s ‘strive every day to share the Gospel throughout the world. “
“I am saddened that the problems that divide our country also divide Christians. My desire is to build bridges and to unite Christians around our common mission to love Jesus and to love our neighbor, but unfortunately we are sometimes tempted by the same things that tempt the world, âDarling said in a statement shared by his rep, DJ Jordan.
âAlthough I will not continue my work at the NRB, I will continue to try to unite believers around gospel truth,â said Darling, who also hosts the podcast âThe Way Homeâ.