Do Vaccines Violate the Christian Faith?
by Courtney Charles
Continuing along the same lines as my post "Aborted Fetal Cell Vaccines & Religious Beliefs," below is a beautifully written, well referenced article by Courtney Charles from her website Alkaline Mom's Alabaster Living. It comes at a time when Christians and non-christians are facing the very real possibility that they will have to violate their deeply held religious beliefs in exchange for education, employment, medical care and more. Thank you Courtney, for permission to share your post!
Recent hearings in California on SB277 -- a bill to mandate vaccines and eliminate exemptions for children attending public and private schools, day care, etc. -- have been eye-opening for me. I am appalled by what I have heard and seen during legislative hearings where inaccurate information is presented by those in support of vaccine mandates and testimonies of concerned parents, vaccine choice advocates and the vaccine injured community are ignored.
Our right to refuse vaccines for personal and religious beliefs in the U.S. is under attack at the state and federal level. Defining the word "religion" is difficult; and many laypeople and government officials, don't understand that a deeply held religious belief -- as difficult as it might be to explain -- has to do with a person's relationship with their God and not necessarily the church where they worship or a denomination to which they might belong. In addition, for many of us, a deeply held religious belief is so closely intertwined with our personal, philosophical and moral beliefs, that it can not be separated.
Many catholics, christians and non-christians who are opposed to abortion, often do not know that several vaccines are made using aborted fetal cell lines; and that vaccine ingredients include DNA from aborted fetal cells along with other toxic substances. In addition to the moral implications, adverse health effects including autism are linked to aborted fetal cell vaccines. Learn more here and here.
Despite these findings, the CDC has denied such a link for more than ten years -- even testifying in past congressional hearings --as children continue to be injected with the MMR vaccine at approximately 15 months of age along with many other vaccines beginning on the first day of life, and often in the womb; while the CDC's own statistics show that autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children. Other studies and surveys show a rate of 1 in 50, and some scientists predict that one in two children will be diagnosed with autism by the year 2025.
I am disappointed -- but not defeated -- to share this update on today's hearing in New Jersey. As home to vaccine giant, Merck & Co., we knew New Jersey would be difficult and this just confirms it.
My heartfelt thanks to all those who attended the NJ hearing and to everyone who supported them prayer. Our brothers and sisters in NJ have much work to do. The rest of us need to continue to pray and lend our support in whatever way we can!
As a good friend just shared a short while ago, "I am afraid that the USA is gradually slipping into a dictatorship and people are not taking notice." God bless, watch over and protect us all . . .
Please join us as we pray for the protection of religious freedom and vaccine choice!
"Update 3/16: Today, hundreds of parents and professionals are planning to testify on A1931, a bill to restrict the religious exemption to vaccination in New Jersey on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Committee Rm 11, 4th floor State House Annex. A1931requires a written statement “explaining how the administration of the vaccine conflicts with the bona fide religious tenets or practices of the student, or the parent or guardian.” As such, it requires that parents justify their deeply held personal and private religious beliefs to the government for approval. This bill is designed to make it more difficult for parents to obtain an exemption. A1931 is discriminatory because the state will determine what is and is not a legitimate religious belief. This sets the stage for the unfair application of its dictates for people of various faiths."
In the United States, hearings and bills are popping up in just about every state that, if approved, would mandate vaccines and eliminate your right to vaccine exemptions.
Without vaccine exemptions you could be forced to submit to vaccines for yourself and your children for school entrance, employment, travel and more. Click here for current information from NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) including a list of current State bills that need your attention NOW. Please register on the NVIC Advocacy Portal to be made aware of what is going on in your state and receive information on what you can and should do to protect your rights to informed consent and vaccine choice.
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As shared in my post U.S. National Adult Immunization Plan, the push for adult vaccines in on; including vaccine recommendations for pregnant women. A document worth reading, especially if you or someone you know is pregnant or planning to be, is The National Vaccine Advisory Committee: Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations which was approved by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee on June 11, 2014. At this point, these are just "recommendations" but as you will see this document strongly recommends administering influenza and pertussis vaccines to pregnant women. Not only are infants being injected with the Hepatitis B shot within hours of birth; the pressure is on to inject them in the womb.
Before you read further, take a minute to view the following video. The person speaking is CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.
Protecting vaccine choice rights is not just about protecting our children, it's also about protecting an adult's rights to refuse vaccines without fear of losing a job, college or graduate school entrance or whatever other restriction may be imposed if vaccine choice rights are not protected. It's important for all of us to know that children are not the only ones being targeted for vaccines.
This post has been in my heart and on my mind since returning from my recent retreat at St. Mary by the Sea in Cape May Point, NJ; so it's time to put it down on paper.
As I mention in my July 17th post, VCPC members and ministry were on my mind during my retreat week, as they have been since I got that little "nudge" from above. As the week progressed, I was thinking that the vaccine issue is a pro-life issue. After learning more about the use of aborted fetal cells in vaccine production and reading the pontifical letter on vaccines (see below), I new that it was a pro-life matter with regard to abortion; but I couldn't stop thinking about the babies, children and adults that are harmed by vaccines and those who have died following vaccines.
While doing a little research my last night at St. Mary's, I discovered the website, Children of God for Life and realized that the founder of COG was the very same woman, Debi Vinnedge, who's name I recognized from the pontifical letter that I had discovered a few weeks earlier. As I listened to Debi's video and read the material on the COG website -- which I highly recommend -- I kept thinking about vaccines and pro-life and how the vaccine issue warrants the same passion and prayer that the pro-life movement demonstrates against abortion.
I went to sleep that night, July 21st, with those thoughts in my head, asking God for guidance.