Apparently parents who are convinced that vaccinations either don’t help or might give their kids autism are claiming exemptions from vaccination based on religious grounds – even if they don’t really have religious grounds. Check it out:
This is one of those freedom of religion vs. community safety issues that you can wrestle with all day long. On the one hand, I’m all for freedom of religion – obviously, they’re all equal to me! – but on the other hand, if I had kids, I’d rather be sure that they won’t be sitting next to a kid who hasn’t had his smallpox vaccination. Shouldn’t freedom of religion stop where somebody else’s safety starts? Then again, what are the ethics of lying about your religion in order to avoid something you consider to be dangerous to your child?