Religious Exemption for Vaccines in Animism
Pan Society is being asked for letters for religious exemptions for vaccines. The free-exercise clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment requires state accommodation of individuals who object to vaccinations on religious grounds. Government neutrality also requires religious accommodation when the state offers secular exemptions, and exemptions through the Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Therefore, you don’t need a letter signed by a church official. You can make your own statement saying, “I oppose vaccines on religious grounds.” That said, we understand that some may want to have the peace of mind that an official document affords. We are creating a Religious Exemption for Vaccines Template that we will sign for followers of Pan Society.
Template for Religious Exemption for Vaccines
To Whom It May Concern,
[Name] is an initiated follower of Pan Society and is seeking a religious exemption from an immunization requirement. This letter explains how Pan Society’s teachings may lead individual animists, including [name], to decline certain vaccines.
Pan Society teaches that each person is sovereign. He may be required to refuse a medical intervention, including a vaccination, if her conscience comes to this judgment. While Pan Society does not prohibit the use of vaccines, and recognizes their use in safeguarding personal and public health, the following authoritative Church teachings demonstrate the principled religious basis on which a Panist may determine that they ought to refuse certain vaccines:
- Each person is sovereign so vaccination must be voluntary.
- Sovereignty requires each of us to be responsible for our own choices and know our bodies. Each of us is unique. We may have medical conditions that make something that is useful for others to be not good for us. We may prefer natural remedies, to let Spirit heal us, or to take no action. Medical decisions are personal choices.
- Given the sacredness of all life (including human, plant, animal, mineral, bacterial and viral), a Panist may refuse the use of medical products, including certain vaccines, that are created using human cells lines derived from abortion, animal products, plant materials, bacterial or viral materials, or chemical/synthetic materials.
- A person’s assessment of whether the benefits of a medical intervention outweigh the undesirable side-effects are to be respected.
- A person is morally required to obey his or her conscience.