When the Crisis Arrives
All that you have read so far may appear grim. But it becomes a crisis—when the vaccination decision is suddenly thrust upon your home or the home of a loved one. This is the first of three chapters containing information that will be needed when that time comes.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
This chapter was prepared after the Second Edition of this entire book was entirely completed. If you are immediately faced with a vaccination crisis in your family (because the health department wants to vaccinate one or more of your children), here is a fast track, step-by-step procedure you might wish to follow. It was written by the author of this book, who, you should be advised, is neither an attorney nor a physician:
1 - Immediately phone the main switchboard at your State capital, and ask to be transferred to the health department vaccination laws section. You will eventually speak with a person who can help you. Ask whether religious exemptions are available, and request a printed copy of the current vaccination exemption legal provisions. Do this first, since it will require several days for the letter to arrive.
2 - If you have not done so already (or to refresh your mind on the subject). either read the section on Mandatory Vaccinations (pp. 104-153), or at least the portions on DPT and MMR vaccines (131-153). The DPT, and MMR, "battery of shots" each consist of three dangerous vaccines. Because they given together, the deadly effects are enhanced. It is very likely that your child will be given the DPT shots, the MMR shots, or both.
3 - Read the section in this book which summarizes the vaccination exemptions for your State. Turn to pp. 5-7 to find the complete list of States. You need to know what type of exemptions are available. Also important is the following statement (from pp. 252, 253), which establishes that in most States you can obtain a religious exemption:
"Forty-seven states—all but Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia—offer religious exemptions to vaccination . . One of the toughest places to get an exemption is New York City,"—New York Times, January 14, 2003.
4 - Next, find out how much time you have before the final date for the vaccination of your child. Also read pp. 223-231. You generally have several weeks in which to make contacts and prepare your letter. But do not wait!
5 - Next, prepare your hand-written or typed "Letter Requesting Exemption from Vaccination on Religious Grounds." First read pp. 245-254. A sample, rather complete letter (written by the author of this book) is on pp. 197-202. Either copy it as it is, or modify it to suit your situation.
6 - Next, decide whether you want to present the letter to the County Health Department, or whether you want to pay an attorney to add a few paragraphs to it and mail it on your behalf (see pp. 246-247 for sample attorney paragraphs you could show him.)
If you use an attorney, hand him a copy of your personal statement. He will add a few comments, type it up for you on his letterhead, and then mail it to your County Health Department. Ask that he give you a signed copy of the final letter, plus returning your original letter to you.
If you do not use an attorney, photocopy an extra two copies of your letter, and then go with a friend to a notary public and have your paper signed and dated by yourself and your witness. This makes it appear more official. You will submit one copy to the Health Department, and keep the other two copies. Throughout the entire experience, always be very courteous and polite, but firm, while focusing on (1) the inherent dangers of the vaccines, (2) your First Amendment right to practice your religion, free from government interference, and (3) the vaccination exemption provisions of your State.
7 - If you live in Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, or New York City, you would be wise to quietly move elsewhere, instead of protesting the mandatory vaccination requirement. Another alternative: home school your child! The vaccination problem usually occurs because your child is enrolled in a public school. Go online and search for information on home-schooling helps.
Pray earnestly, and God will help you.
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."—Isaiah 65:24.
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."—Philippians 4:19.
LETTER REQUESTING EXEMPTION FROM VACCINATION ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS
[The following letter is based on data in this book, along with initial portions of the attorney’s letter on pp. 246-247]
[Name of county] County Health Dept.
Attention: [Immunization nurse’s name]
RE: [first child’s name, date of birth. Second child’s name, date of birth, etc.]
Dear Nurse [name]:
As a result of careful study into inherent and very serious dangers in vaccines, what the God teaches in the Bible regarding taking dangerous substances into the body, and after contacting our State Capital for a copy of current vaccination exemption provisions, and having carefully examined them, I respectfully submit this letter requesting exemption from vaccination for my child [children] on religious grounds, as provided by [name of State] Statute #_____ [complete statute number].
I am a faithful taxpayer, and since I am a U.S. citizen, it is my understanding that I have a right to First Amendment protection to practice my religion, and a right, under [name of State] Statute #_____, [same statute number] to refuse to have my children receive vaccine injections.
I humbly base this decision on sincere religious beliefs which prohibit me from having my children receive immunizations and inoculations.
Recent court decisions have upheld the rights of individuals seeking exemptions from immunizations based upon "personal" (not necessarily denominationally held) religious beliefs (Sherr and Levy vs. Northport East-Northport Union Free School District, 672 F. Supp. 81, (E.D.N.Y., 1987); (Allanson vs. Clinton Central School District, U.S. District Court, Northern District Court, Northern District of New York (84 CV 174), 1984; Campain vs. Marlboro Central School District, Supreme Court Ulster County Special Term, November 15, 1985; Brown vs. City School District, 429 NYS2d 355; Maier vs. Besser, 73 Misc.2d 241).
My personal religious beliefs include the following, which I hereby present to you:
It is the will of God that we maintain good health.
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."—1 John 2.
God has promised to protect us if we will obey His Ten Commandment law.
"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee."—Exodus 15:26.
His Ten Commandment law is found in Exodus 20:3-17. Here are these commandments:
" Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
" Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that[is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
" Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
" Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
" Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
" Thou shalt not kill.
" Thou shalt not commit adultery.
" Thou shalt not steal.
" Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
" Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."—Exodus 20:3-17.
I can only please God by letting Christ enable me to obey these commandments, He requires me to keep.
"For I am the Lord, I change not."—Malachi 3:6.
"The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness."—Psalm 111:7-8.
Christ did not come to destroy the Ten Commandments and, by His empowering grace, I can and must obey them.
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."—Matthew 5:17-19.
While on earth, Jesus always kept the Ten Commandments, and He is my example. I must do as He did.
"If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love."—John 15:10.
"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked."—John 2:6.
Sin is the transgression of the law.
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."—1 John 3:4.
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."—Romans 3:31.
The Sixth Commandment says "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13). This commandment includes knowingly damaging my body in any way. I would be injuring it if I took any dangerous substance into my body, or if I permitted it to be injected into the body of any child of mine.
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him."—1 John 2:3-5.
It is important that we avoid placing poisonous substances in our bodies, for to do so would dishonor God whom we worship.
"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."—I Corinthians 6:20.
We must do this because we are twice commanded that our bodies are the temple of God and He wants to dwell within us.
"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?"—1 Corinthians 6:19.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"—1 Corinthians 3:16.
This is a very serious matter, for God has told us He will destroy those who defile their body temples!
"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."—1 Corinthians 3:17.
God’s holy Word says I must not defile myself with anything that might injure me.
"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. "—Daniel 1:8.
God has explained why we must live clean, godly lives.
"For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing."—Deuteronomy 14:2-3.
When we live in this manner, God is pleased with us,—and I must please my God.
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."—1 Corinthians 10:31.
By doing this, we present our bodies to God as something that is holy and acceptable to Him.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."—Romans 12:1.
True temperance involves avoiding everything that is harmful to my body.
"And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,"—Acts 24:25.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance."—Galatians 5:22.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity."—2 Peter 1:5-7.
Our lives cannot be acceptable to God unless we are temperate in all things.
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."—1 Corinthians 9:25-27.
The Bible tells us we must only eat for strength, and not put anything in our bodies that would cause weakness.
"Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!"—Ecclesiastes 10:17.
We must preserve our bodies blameless unto the coming of the Lord.
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."—1 Thessalonians 5:23.
[The following statement could be placed on a separate sheet for presentation if need be. The startling, almost overwhelming list of medical research articles (pp. 285-301 on the dangers of childhood vaccines could also be included on that sheet. Your legal right to refuse vaccination is based on religion convictions, keyed to awareness of medical dangers.]
ONE OF MANY CASE STUDIES PRESENTED TO THE U.S. CONGRESS—
"My name is Wendy Scholl. I reside in the State of Florida with my husband, Gary, and three daughters, Stacy, Holly, and Jackie. Let me stress that all three of our daughters were born healthy, normal babies. I am here to tell of Stacy’s reaction to the measles vaccine . . where according to the medical profession, anything within 7 to 10 days after the vaccine to do with neurological sequelae or seizures or brain damage fits a measles reaction.
"At 16 months old, Stacy received her measles shot. She was a happy, healthy, normal baby, typical, curious, playful until the 10th day after her shot, when I walked into her room to find her lying in her crib, flat on her stomach, her head twisted to one side. Her eyes were glassy and affixed.
"She was panting, struggling to breathe. Her small head lay in a pool of blood that hung from her mouth. It was a terrifying sight, yet at that point I didn’t realize that my happy, bouncing baby was never to be the same again.
"When we arrived at the emergency room, Stacy’s temperature was 107 degrees. The first 4 days of Stacy’s hospital stay she battled for life. She was in a coma and had kidney failure. Her lungs filled with fluid and she had ongoing seizures.
"Her diagnosis was ‘post-vaccinal encephalitis’ and her prognosis was grave. She was paralyzed on her left side, prone to seizures, had visual problems. However, we were told by doctors we were extremely lucky. I didn’t feel lucky.
"We were horrified that this vaccine, which was given only to ensure that she would have a safer childhood, almost killed her. I didn’t know that the possibility of this type of reaction even existed. But now, it is our reality."—Wendy Scholl, testimony given to Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment; 98th Congress, 2nd Session, December 19, 1984; in Vaccine Injury Compensation, p. 110.