Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Parents Suing Catholic School on Vaccine Requirement

Parents of a student at Kellenberg High School on Long Island are suing the school over a requirement that their son be vaccinated.  The basis of the case seems to be the parents' religious belief that God designed a perfect immune system and it should not be tinkered with.  Their argument includes the following:
"[W]e are all created in God's image," reads a letter the Polydors sent to the school on Feb. 13, according to the lawsuit. "Therefore, we must not defile our blood and our bodies with diseases and other impure substances. As the divine Architect, God designed our bodies to have immune systems that must not be defiled by vaccines. Immunizations are a violation of God's supreme authority, and therefore, unholy. Since immunizations are unholy they violate my religious beliefs."  (Fox News)

According to a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, exemptions are given for religious beliefs, but not on an automatic basis.  The suit claims that the applicable law reads, "children whose parent, parents, or guardian hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required, and no certificate shall be required as a prerequisite to such children being admitted or received into school or attending school"

I'm not sure if I'm convinced by the argument that God created the perfect immune system, so we shouldn't be defiled with "impure substances."  Original sin seems to have messed up a lot of the "perfection" in God's creation and we rely on doctors and medicine to help us out.  But, I'm wondering if another argument wouldn't be better.  The argument that we shouldn't be forced to immunize our children with vaccinations that contain the cells of aborted fetuses.  Hopefully it would satisfy the burden of a sincere religious belief that would warrant an exemption, especially with a Catholic school.

We previously did a post on the topic of the standard use of aborted fetal cells in vaccines. In addition to the immorality of using those cells, there seems to be a substantiated connection with the rise in autism.  Maybe if the Catholic schools granted exemptions for vaccines using these cells, there would be  a groundswell demanding research into alternatives.  Up until now it seems like everyone is just looking the other way and ignoring the moral issue.  I'm not a scientist, but the evidence seems to be significant enough to warrant further study.  Stay tuned to see how this lawsuit turns out.

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