Keep This in Mind When Contacting Representatives

Posted: March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here is some excellent information from a fellow concerned parent and vaccine rights advocate. Try to keep this in mind when speaking with representatives.

Jeff Tarte’s wall is being stormed with vaccine arguments. While some information may be necessary to point out to explain some holes in his argument, turning the threat to our religious exemption into a debate about vaccine ingredients, the desire to not have a vaccine for health reasons, etc. probably isn’t going to be the most productive.

The focus needs to be one the threat to religious liberty and Tarte’s desire to define for us where our personal beliefs are legitimate. If the court and our representatives are presented with another vaccine argument, we’re not likely to see success. Because whether or not we agree with it, the ‘evidence’ available is in support of vaccination. That’s a much harder battle to fight and takes the attention off what is being done.

Please remember to argue for your liberties. Freedom of religion is what is at threat if a senator is going to tell us they the State gets to decide where our beliefs are valid. This is the problem at hand that can be successfully addressed right now.

According to law:
‘SECTION 130A-157. Religious exemption. – If the bona fide religious beliefs of an adult or the parent, guardian or person in loco parentis of a child are contrary to the immunization requirements contained in this Part [Chapter 130A, Article 6, Part B], the adult or the child shall be exempt from the requirements. Upon submission of a written statement of the bona fide religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements, the person may attend the college, university, school or facility without presenting a certificate of immunization.’

Now, let’s look at ‘bona fide’ since Tarte seems to not understand the meaning of that word:

1.made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud:
a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
2.authentic; true:

Bona fide religious belief does not mean that we have to lay out an define what that is. We only have to say we have a religious opposition to immunization. The only thing “bona fide” has to do with that is that we are saying this in good faith and truthfully.
His example thus far of religion not allowing for objection to vaccine opposition is limiting in that he only considers Christian Scientists and the Taliban (now, him not realizing the Taliban isn’t a religion is a separate issue) is an example of this because he is basing his argument off of his own perception of religion and not that of the individual. And the law is in place to protect INDIVIDUAL religious beliefs. They do not have to be within a defined organization.
Please remember to focus on the threat to individual religious liberty when addressing this matter. That is what is being threatened, and turning things into a vaccine debate is likely to be counterproductive.”


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