After a series of lengthy discussions on the topic of immunizations, Bear and I finally came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to have to be on Ursa’s school’s agenda. Unfortunately, the only way to be exempt from the required list of vax’s and the schedule is to receive an Alabama Certificate of Religious Exemption. It requires that your organized religion prohibit vaccinations. Herein lies the predicament.
Since Bear is an agnostic, and I’m some unnamed brand of Christian that can only be described as too liberal for most denominations and too liturgical for others, it presented a little bit of a moral dilemma. His non-religion and my nebulous grouping of beliefs, ideals, traditions, and convictions may not technically qualify us, but I decided to bite the bullet and head down to the JeffCo Health Department. So, today we are happily vaccine exempt :)
Incidentally, several states allow “philosophical exemptions”. It seems strange that in a state where everyone professes to not want the government telling its citizens how to parent, we would allow such an arcane policy to tie parents hands. According to an article I came across once, the numbers of religious exemptions have doubled in Alabama and Georgia which seems to match the number of people receiving philosophical exemptions in the states that allow them. I’m pretty sure there are not that many new converts to Scientology, Jehovah’s Witness, or the Church of Illumination. I’m just sayin’.