Attorney Jason Mermigis from Long Island has been fighting on behalf of the Stoltzfus family to preserve their God-given right to not vaccinate their children. The Stoltzfus children attend a private Amish school known as Cranberry Marsh, located in Romulus, a town roughly halfway between Rochester and Syracuse.
All 24 of the students who currently attend Cranberry Marsh, including the Stoltzfus children, are unvaccinated, as were their predecessors – the Amish generally don't vaccinate their children, and they're much better off because of it.
Mermigis had claimed in court that forcing the Amish to vaccinate their children against their will, in compliance with New York's elimination of religious vaccination exemptions, represents an unconstitutional infringement on religious rights. But Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle patently rejected this claim, meaning the Amish in New York have no further recourse other than to move somewhere else.
"I think that's a serious, you know, infringement of religious freedoms and religious rights," Mermigis is quoted as saying. He added that forcing the Amish to vaccinated their children represents a "betrayal of (their) faith in God," meaning the government of New York is now a religious oppressor.
"I think this decision is callous," Mermigis further added. "I think it's ignorant."
While the state health department has refused to comment on this pending litigation, New York law dictates that schools can be fined up to $2,000 per day for each unvaccinated student that's in attendance. For Cranberry Marsh, this could translate in $48,000 per school day in fines.
Even though the Amish tend to stick to themselves and rarely come into contact with anyone else, Seneca County public health director Vickie Swinehart – an appropriate last name – has stated that the Amish still have to vaccinate their children or else be forced to at gunpoint.
"They're not totally isolated," Swinehart is quoted as saying.
"They still go out to stores and are in the general population. They're not just in their own community and stay there. They interact – you know, the Amish work in the community. Some of them – they're not all just farmers who work on their farm and don't go anywhere," she went on to state, the implication being that unvaccinated children are somehow a risk to vaccinated children.
Assuming vaccines even work at all – which they don't – why would a vaccinated person be put at risk by exposure to unvaccinated children? Are vaccines really so ineffective that even those who get them are still able to contract infectious disease? The answer is yes.
In reality, vaccinated people are actually more of a risk to public health than unvaccinated people because vaccines tend to shed their viral components onto others. This is especially true with the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella, measles being the disease responsible for the removal of New York's religious exemption law.
"There are no double-blind randomized placebo (using a real placebo – salt water) controlled trials showing efficacy or safety for vaccines," wrote one commenter at VaccineLiberationArmy.com. "The actual trials show that they are not safe or efficacious – but through mathematical alchemy any trail can be made to look good."
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