BUT, I will not be giving ds1 any additional vaxes and ds2 has had NONE. I would think that a CHURCH based school would understand a religious exemption... but I thought maybe if I can "back it up" with a bible verse or reference that would give me more "clout"
For what it's worth - we chose this school primarily for financial reasons - it's $50 a month cheaper than previous school (which adds up alot when you are on one income!) AND it does have a GREAT program (ds1 really seems to like it there).
So, I have not really discussed this with them any further...but will do so when it comes time to put ds2 on a list for next yr (at this school or a different one if we have to).
Therefore, in adherence to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantee of freedom of religion, the test in determining whether a belief constitutes a "religious belief" sufficient to qualify for the religious exemption from immunizations, is whether the adherents' beliefs and faiths occupy a place in their lives parallel to that filled by the orthodox belief in God held by others; or any other "sincere religious beliefs which are based upon a power or being, or upon a faith to which all else is subordinate or upon which all else is ultimately dependent." U.S. Vs. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965), Sherr and Levy vs. Northport East-Northport Union Free School district, 672 F.Supp. 81, (E.D.N.Y. 1987)
The right to claim exemption from immunization based on religious beliefs is available to all persons who hold religious beliefs against immunization regardless of what any state statute may say regarding the necessity for membership in any particular religious group or church.
The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from discriminating between people based on their religious beliefs. If there is any state law that allows for exemption based on religious beliefs, it is available to all those people who hold religious beliefs against immunization even if their beliefs are personal and unique to them alone.
And here's a good letter, with bible verses, if you choose to go that way
Nine kids and four , living and learning all the time
I hope it is not too late to chime in...
My family believes in the word of God, and we believe that as Christians we are to "obey God rather than men" Acts 5:29. The Bible clearly states that our bodies are temples and that we are to keep our temples clean and free of all impurities. Vaccines are the injection of toxic chemicals and foreign protiens into the blood stream. This is a direct violation of God's directive to keep the temple holy.
God also warns us that we are not to mix the blood of man with the blood of animals; many vaccines today are produced using animal tissue. By allowing these things to enter our bodies we are directly disobeying what the Lord has very clearly put in front of us.
I hope this gives you (and others) some ammo.