Ok, Amy, I know you are laughing at me for being me right now but I can be a little over cautious, surprise!
I just don't like it anymore after I talked with the lawyer. Here's the thing, though. Even though both the philosophical and religious exemptions fall under the same law of a "religious exemptions", there is still a difference in how you claim it - and it would only EVER matter if you should ever have to go testify in court for some reason. Such as, what happened to a family this lawyer defended one time after a trip to the ER and calls to CYS. Most of it was preventable in hindsight, but I always think in worst case scenarios, so I want my short and sweet explanation to be clear that we have a religious objection - and NOT something "similar" to a religious belief. He was pretty clear that this would make a difference if it came to having to defend our reasons in court - like whether or not they'd try to force vaccines on your children because they don't believe your reasons, etc. And that claiming a philosophical exemption has never been tested in this state, and in NYC when it WAS tested in court, it DID NOT fly in two out of three cases and the families were required to get ALL injections within a certain time period. Craziness. However, the religious exemptions always win in court when the family has been consistent in their reasoning from the beginning of first filing exemptions. So, I am trying to be sure mine are clear. Because I am paranoid. Maybe because I've previously had a nurse (not very nicely) ask me if CYS had ever been called for us not vaccinating...that conversation disturbed me.