Holy crapola, anad I thought NYS was bad!Whilst looking for info on this thread, I came across this 2003 memo from Gov. Mitt Romney's office.
|Nonetheless, requesting a child to submit to immunization, even if counter to the child’s or parents’ religious beliefs, is “generally viewed as constitutional.” Long before statutorily established religious exemptions to school immunization requirements existed, the Massachusetts SJC and the Supreme Court recognized that religious beliefs must sometimes defer to regulations that protect the general health of the public.|
|The Massachusetts school immunization statute, however, along with almost every like statute in the nation, does contain a religious exemption from the immunization requirement out of respect for the religious practices of families in the Commonwealth. While not constitutionally obligated to do so, the existing statute, allowing an exemption for “sincere religious beliefs,” respects individuals’ free exercise of religion without unconstitutionally favoring particular religious preferences.|
|(religious exemption did not violate the establishment clause because it promoted no particular religious point of view, did not primarily have the effect of advancing or inhibiting religion, and did not require the state to assess validity of students' religious beliefs in a manner that would cause excessive entanglement of church and state).|