Rose Ariadne's Chitchcraft Blog

Dear friends,

Trying to stay on topic here as far as Wicca goes, but a subject has been coming up fairly often within my group of friends lately and I wanted to touch on it. There are many people who choose not to vaccinate their children for health reasons. I have come across a variety of reasons, from fear of developing allergic reactions to autism. Of course, for every piece of evidence I see supporting these claims, I see just as many proving that they do not exist.

I am not here to tell you to vaccinate your children or not. I’m not that political, nor am I a doctor, and I think it’s a personal choice. What I was interested in, however, was what qualified as a “religious exemption.” If you’re not familiar with this concept, it basically excuses children from having some of the vaccinations that are required for school, daycare, and other things due to religious preferences.

I was curious as to whether or not Wicca or Paganism or other earth-based religions would qualify for this exemption and if not, which religions did. In addition, when one fills out such a form I wondered if you had to write down what specific religion you were. That could lead to some interesting things, since not all areas of the country are as open-minded about some religions as they are others. So I did some investigating.

Apparently, all of the states have the exemption to vaccinate per religious exemption. However, the actual rules vary from one state to another. It is also encouraged that you only practice this if you do, indeed, have a religious objection to the vaccinations. Not a medical objection, but a purely religious one. Although a lot of the people that I know that have objections are indeed religious, for the most part their objections are medically based.

Interestingly, in the states in which the religious exemption is restrictively worded so that the person must belong to a church that has a written tenet that opposes the vaccination, there have been challenges at the state level. I rather like this idea because if people weren’t able to challenge it then it would effectively be saying that if you weren’t a member of a church or didn’t practice organized religion you wouldn’t be able to take the exemption.

This answered my biggest question-do you have to belong to one of the “major” religions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or Buddhism in order to qualify for it? No, you do not. However, most states do require that you produce some sort of documentation or demonstration illustrating your beliefs and how they are in opposition to the vaccination. Evidence has to be of a religious nature, which means that you can’t just go in there and say that you don’t want your infant to be vaccinated because you’re afraid that it will increase their chances of dying of SIDS. (Didn’t make that one up, it actually is an argument that many parents have, although he medical community states that there is no direct link.)

Again, I am not trying to sway to do one or the other. Honestly, I don’t feel as though I have enough information on either side to make an educated decision or to even take sides. I was merely interested in the political “how to’s.”

I was also wondering how a Wiccan would support this. Would you use the argument that you only use homeopathic or herb-based medicines and therefore are opposed to the synthetic quality of the vaccine? These are not questions that I have been able to ask fellow Wiccans, but I am very interested in them.

I did find a website that had links to states that had online forms. Most of these had to be turned in at the local health department, although some could be turned in directly to the school itself. They were fairly simple forms and most did not ask for anything specific, such as what particular religion you were practicing. I liked this, as I felt that to ask was a little bit of an invasion of privacy.

Of course, private organizations might still ask for the child to be vaccinated. I haven’t had that much time to do that much research. But on a public school level, it appears that the religious exemption is a valid one.

I was concerned that perhaps there wasn’t enough leeway for a Wiccan to participate in this exemption, but from what I have gathered, it seems to apply to anyone who has a religious objection to it. Of course, what applies to theory might not apply to practice. I welcome any comments regarding this subject matter and am curious if you have taken the exemption and under what grounds your objections were. I am also curious as to whether or not you had to explain your religious preferences when you did, indeed, take it.

In the meantime, I hope that everyone remains healthy and safe.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

Posted by Rose Comments 7


  1. David C. says

    Rose, I first want to say how glad I am off your work
    with the advancements in technology beginning astrologers are able to use it to their advantage. I was recently able to download an app from google sky maps to my phone. This allows you to look day or night at the sky to plot where stars and planets are located. This is a big help to me in understanding the calendar predictions an astrological readings. Though always considered with a grain of salt the horoscopes are all what is fun to read

    May 13th, 2011 | #
  2. scorpionwater says

    This upsets me who’s the government to decide if we vac. Our children they came from our bodies and it should be our decision considering the simple fact that drs are still ” practicing ” medicine and the government wants to stick there fat nose in business that’s not there’s !!!!!

    May 13th, 2011 | #
  3. Azalea says

    Rose, usually Jehovah Witnesses, Mormon, and Catholics are the only exempts. Wicca is still considered evil by many and would not qualify. Yes, if you want to claim religious exemption, you have to put it on the forms. This includes hospital forms. I have children and all of mine are up to date even as adults because so many people are carriers who have not had their vaccines. It is not morrally right to place other people in danger because of fear. Not to cavvine your children is due to a spread of fear. But, look back in history at the diseases people died from. The knowledge to protect people would not have been placed upon this earth if not to stop the spread of diseases. Diseases hurt people and our everything in environment that is meant to help people. Where would we be without herbs if there was ever a cross contamination of diseases? We practice harm none, Don’t we?
    Just a thought!
    Blessed Be

    May 14th, 2011 | #
  4. Azalea says

    Here is a link that is interesting, I thought you might want to look at. You will haver to copy and paste but it is worth the effort.

    May 16th, 2011 | #
  5. marie-christine says

    It is as always interesting to read you and you pop out a very good question on this subject, vaccination, isn’t is suppose to be a question of choice at first and first and at first, at the beginning, before governments even exists, wicca was there and exists, herbs exists even before everything that exists that we knows about, so why now, why should we ask permission to heal with herbs on behalf a vaccination to a government that even doesn’t care really for what’s best for us by choice. It’s my opinion on this, sorry, but I prefer for myself as a phytotherapist in canada, have the freedom of choice for myself and my children.

    May 16th, 2011 | #
  6. Laura says

    Hi Everyone,
    Let me just say I agree with Rose about the supporting evidence, that there is not enough to make and educated decision on this issue. I believe it is a choice to vacinate our children based on the information given and that is out there. Some vacines I feel do prevent some diseases and keep you from getting others, while other vaccines are not out long enough to be observed for long term side effects, and that is one of the ways I guage whether I should or shouldn’t vaccinate my kids or myself. Another way that I guage my decision is,what, is the vaccine going to prevent?
    and will I and my kids be just as well without it? How risky is it? How suseptible are we? Is there really eminant danger for society as a whole? I often wonder why or does the government and healthcare professionals want to scare everyone to death, or are we just guinney pigs for there latest pet projects?
    Are they powertripping, because they can???? I do doubt their intentions and question them at times, but I al also believe that they for the most part try to help us. I I do also think that the gov. busy bodies have policies in place to keep us safe and reasonably healthy. I also think that they are in cuhuts with each other and have plans that don’t include every one else.:cool::roll:

    May 20th, 2011 | #
  7. Laura says

    I just wanted to add, that me and my kids are up to date on our vaccines. Some vaccines like guardisil, I do not trust and I am going with my gut feeling on this one, I do suspect that the higher ups do try to cover up, for fear of mass retrobution?! They are more conserned with saving face than saving….. you fill in the blank :D

    May 20th, 2011 | #

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