Correction: A previous version of this op-ed misidentified the diocese that voted to ban the use of the masculine pronoun to refer to God as the U.S. Episcopal Diocese. It was the Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington that passed the resolution. The spelling of Rockland County, N.Y., Attorney Thomas Humbach’s name has also been updated.
None of these signs sport Bible verses or Talmudic sayings forbidding vaccination. In fact, protesters decrying the repeal of the religious exemption rarely mention religion, probably because there is little official religious opposition to immunization. “Religious belief” was probably the easiest way around the law, the “abracadabra” that made the problem go away.