Last April, a parent group sued the state over vaccination requirements for school-aged children on the grounds that it violated their First Amendment rights. Last week, data showed that that chicken (pox) had come home to roost: the Mississippi Department of Health announced that it had granted over 1,800 vaccination exemptions so far this year.
I have no idea what religious doctrines could possibly lead members of a denomination to conclude that vaccinations are sinful. I’m more concerned about the health crisis such exemptions will precipitate. What’s the best way to protect public health and respect legitimate religious tenets?