Publisher's note: Brant Clifton keeps a real close in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.
Three state senators have introduced a bill removing the state's religious exemption for immunizing minor children
. On the face of it, most people may see it as entirely reasonable to require immunizations against some of the more serious diseases out there.
But shots are not fool-proof nor fail-safe. The CDC pointed out that a lot of people who got flu shots last year STILL got the fl
u - thanks to a mutation of the virus. And there is an uptick in serious diseases - that we thought we had licked - thanks to the unrestrained flow of illegal aliens across the border.
Some proponents of this legislation are arguing: What's the big deal? This religious exemption only affects a few people.
From what I've seen during my time on this Earth - you give the government an inch, and they take a mile. (Social security and welfare - when they were first passed - were supposed to be temporary programs to help a small segment of people navigate through a crisis.) Letting the government stomp on one religious belief will lead to the stomping on others in the future. You can count on that.
*You don't want to ordain gay ministers or marry gay people in your church? It's for the greater good that discrimination in all forms be vanquished. We're going to pass a law mandating that - if you want to keep your church's doors open - you host gay wedding receptions, ordain gay ministers, allow gay youth leaders, and anything else we think of.*
It's a slippery slope, folks. Our Founding Fathers had some serious concerns about government sinking its talons into religion. Look no further than the Church of England's harassment of Puritans - which led to their fleeing to America and the founding of the Massachusetts colony.
Think two or three or four times before smacking down religious exemptions.