While there are thousands of different religions in the world, five of the oldest religions are generally described as the main world religions. These religions are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. However, Religious Freedom and our U. S. Constitution represents ALL religions (even those that many have never heard of).
Each religion has their own reasons for refusing vaccination.
The Bible teaches us that ALL human life is sacred. The use of human aborted fetuses in the testing and manufacturing of vaccines goes directly against this principal. Additionally, under the rule of God, one must not desecrate the holiest of temples, the human body.
Leviticus 19:28 - Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
The Torah explicitly commands Jews to guard their lives exceedingly, and as such, concerns to ensure safety are part and parcel of religious law, NOT independent of religious law. The Torah states, “And you shall guard your life exceedingly,” and, “Just take care of yourself and guard your life exceedingly.” According to the general consensus of the classic formulators of Jewish law (halachah), these verses command one to guard their health and their life. While some Jews view vaccines as one way to guard their life, many other Jews, view “guarding their life exceedingly” as avoiding vaccines due to potential risks of injury and/or death (stated on both the CDC website and package inserts).
In 2018 a fatwa was issued by the Indonesia Ullema Council Fatwa Commission concerning the use of vaccines that utilize the elements of pigs and their derivatives as unclean. This fatwa clearly states that the use of any vaccine which contains ingredients derived from pig/porcine is considered haram(unclean and forbidden in the Muslim faith). Additionally, Raza Academy, a body of Indian Sufi Muslims that promotes Islamic philosophies via publications and research, have recently written to the World Health Organization expressing their concerns over the use of ingredients derived from pigs. Today, many of our current vaccines contain gelatin made from pig, used as a stabilizer, thus making them haram, and a deep concern to those of Muslim faith who view this common ingredient as forbidden.
The first of the Ten Buddhist Precepts instructs “not taking life.” The manufacturing of vaccines involves the killing of animals and the use of aborted fetuses for testing and ingredient purposes, which is in direct violation of Buddhist principals, thus causing many Buddhists to forgo vaccination.
Hindu scripture teaches ahimsa, meaning do no harm to oneself, or others, including animals. Vaccines derived from animals and human aborted fetuses are in direct violation of the Hindu principal ahimsa. Additionally, All India Hindu Mahasabha President Swami Chakrapani has written to President Ram Nath Kovind regarding concerns of ingredients derived from cows in vaccines. Chakrapani stated in his letter that cow's blood or any such substance used in vaccines, "hurts the spirit of Hindu Sanatan Dharma.” Being that bovine (cow) serum is a common ingredient in many vaccines, Hindu’s are often reluctant to inoculate their children or themselves.
Vaccines contain ingredients that may be especially concerning to people of faith and specific religions. For example, the Christian and Catholic church have expressed concern over the use of Human Aborted Fetal DNA in the manufacturing of vaccines. Whereas, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders have expressed concern regarding the use of gelatin as a stabilizer in vaccines made from pig/porcine.
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The National National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) states the following regarding Religious Exemptions for vaccines:
The constitutional right to have and exercise personal religious beliefs, whether you are of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim or other faith, can be defended. In the Old Testament of the Bible, Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son to demonstrate his faith. Although Abraham is willing, God does not force Abraham to sacrifice his son. In fact, God makes it clear that human sacrifice to demonstrate allegiance is not appropriate. Constitutionally, Americans have an expectation that their religious beliefs will be respected and that government will not pass laws that obstruct the exercise of this most fundamental of freedoms.
If you exercise your right to religious exemption to vaccination, you must be prepared to defend it, and explain your religious or spiritual beliefs in your own words. Due to differences in state laws and the personal nature of a religious or spiritual belief, the NVIC does not recommend or provide a prewritten statement to use an example for filing a religious exemption.
The religious exemption is intended for people who hold a sincere religious belief opposing vaccination to the extent that if the state forced vaccination, it would be an infringement on their constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs. A state must have a "compelling State interest" before this right can be taken away. Limiting the spread of serious communicable diseases has been defined as a "compelling State interest" in court cases after the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision Jacobson v. Massachusetts affirmed the right of states to mandate smallpox vaccine. In a number of state court cases setting precedent on the issue of vaccine mandates, the freedom to act according to one’s religious beliefs is subject to reasonable regulation, if exercise of personal religious beliefs substantially threatens the welfare of society as a whole.
State requirements for religious exemption can vary widely state to state and below are examples of how religious exemption may be defined in your state and what may be required to obtain a religious exemption to vaccination:
· The exemption’s definition may be broadly defined to include philosophical, personal or conscientiously held beliefs not necessarily tied to an organized religion.
· Membership in an organized religion that has written tenets prohibiting invasive medical procedures such as vaccination. However, this kind of language has been ruled unconstitutional when it has been challenged in State Supreme Courts.
· A signed affidavit from your pastor or spiritual advisor from the church you attend.
· Notarization of your signature on a religious exemption statement attesting to your sincerely held religious beliefs about vaccination.
[As of 2019, all U.S. states allow a religious exemption to vaccination except California, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, and New York. However, the religious exemption is being threatened in many more states.] Prior to registering your child for school, you should check your state law to verify what proof is needed if you intend to file an exemption for sincerely held religious or spiritual beliefs.
If you belong to a church, consider educating the head of your local church about the sincerity of your personal religious beliefs regarding vaccination. You may be able to obtain a letter from your pastor, priest, rabbi or other spiritual counselor affirming the sincerity of your religious beliefs and file it along with any statement you may be required to write explaining your religious or spiritually held beliefs about vaccination.
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