Sue Happy

September 13, 2010

A New York couple is suing a Catholic high school for refusing to grant a religious exemption that would allow their 14-year-old son to enroll in ninth grade without state-required vaccinations, claiming immunizations are a “violation of God’s supreme authority.”

Andrea and Paul Polydor, of Garden City, believe human bodies “should not be defiled by vaccines,” according to a complaint filed in Nassau County Court against Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.

They claim their son — identified in the seven-page lawsuit as “JP” — should be granted an exemption to public health laws that require children to be inoculated for diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and others.

“[W]e are all created in God’s image,” reads a letter the Polydors sent to the school on Feb. 13, according to the lawsuit. “Therefore, we must not defile our blood and our bodies with diseases and other impure substances.

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