First, it is imperative that you come to Albany on May 14 for the New York Rally and Lobbying Day for Vaccine Injury and Vaccine Rights to fight for your rights that are under ferocious assault.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced he is going to Albany tomorrow (4/29/19) to argue for the passage of S2994/A2371, the bills that would repeal religious exemptions from vaccine mandates to attend school in New York. One of the factually incorrect statements that Day and others keep making is that no religious groups have issues with vaccines. A few minutes of casual research would show that many denominations have issues with some or all vaccines. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Seventh Day Adventist, the Amish, the Dutch Reformed Church, Jewish groups, among others, all have issues from a wide range of perspectives. The leading Islamic court in Indonesia declared that a recently introduced measles vaccine there is unacceptable because it contains pork gelatin as an ingredient, as does the MMR in the US.
The Russian Orthodox Church just took a stance opposing mandatory vaccinations, https://russian-faith.com/news/russian-orthodox-church-off...
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Day claims to be a Roman Catholic yet he is unaware that his own church supports the right of parents to refuse vaccines made with aborted fetal tissue, which includes the MMR, chicken pox, some polio, hepatitis A and other vaccines. In a 2005 document prepared under the direction of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, entitled, “MORAL REFLECTIONS ON VACCINES PREPARED FROM CELLS DERIVED FROM ABORTED HUMAN FOETUSES” stated, “Therefore, doctors and fathers of families have a duty to take
recourse to alternative vaccines (if they exist), putting pressure on the political authorities and health systems so that other vaccines without moral problems become available. They should take recourse, if necessary, to the use of conscientious objection with regard to the use of vaccines produced by means of cell lines of aborted human foetal origin. Equally, they should oppose by all means (in writing, through the various associations, mass media, etc.) the vaccines which do not yet have morally acceptable alternatives, creating pressure so that alternative vaccines are prepared, which are not connected with the abortion of a human foetus, and requesting rigorous legal control of the pharmaceutical industry producers.”
Despite these unequivocal stands by global religious bodies, the courts have made it clear that belonging to an formal organization with a tenet opposed to vaccination is not necessary, the only point of reference is the personal beliefs of the applicant for the exemption. Sher v. Northport, https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp...
So when you hear Ed Day or other elected officials who should know better claiming that no religions have issues with vaccines, or support leaving vaccination decisions to parents, first be aware that the stances of organized religions is irrelevant under New York law, and these claims are just plain wrong.
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