Church of Conscious LivingThe Church of Conscious Living was launched on 19 January 2008 by Jane Leonforte and Adriano Regano. Jane has a long history of activism in the anti-vaccination movement, and served as vice-president of the South Australian anti-vaccination group, Vaccination Information Serving Australia.
According to Leonforte & Regano, they created a religion so people could claim religious exemption, if the need ever arose. This is the email sent by them announcing the launch of their church:
This email was widely distributed, including the AVN's Doing The Rounds newsletter, December 2007.
CHURCH OF CONSCIOUS LIVING- Jane Leonforte & Adriano Regano
Some of you may have received emails or spoken to Stephanie or Susan from VAIS/HLN about the big brother tactics being used in the U.S.A. recently. The most alarming one is about the parents threatened with jail and fines if they didn't have their children vaccinated. The children were lined up like cattle in a Maryland courthouse and vaccinated against theirs and their parents' wishes..
Over the years there have been many similar stories coming forth. You would be naïve to think it can only happen in the U.S.A. Some disturbing things have already happened here and I see no reason why they won't again in the future.
It only takes another SARS or Birdflu pandemic scare to send the spin doctors into full swing. FEAR, FEAR, FEAR and our rights are eroded. We will shed some light on these and other interesting facts at our upcoming meeting.
To this end, we have decided to create a 'religion', so, amongst other things, we can claim 'religious exemption', if the need ever arises, for ourselves and our children.
The Church of Conscious Living is being officially launched on 19th January, 2008.We will have an information session with questions and answers first, and then the official launch. Then there will be an invitation extended to anyone who would like to register. Registration will take place on the day.
Cost - $25 per single or couple (one-time only registration fee) - children are automatically accepted once a parent joins.You are not obligated to pay the fee unless you decide to join The Church of Conscious Living.
Where - hall on the corner of Rossiter St and Racecourse Rd, Hamilton. (The entrance is in Rossiter St).
When - 19th Januray, 2008, 2pm - 4pm
I encourage you all to come along if you are in Brisbane or close by. You are also welcome to let like-minded friends and family know about the Church and bring them along.
There is plenty of street parking around the hall. Afternoon tea will be provided.
If you have any questions or if you are interested in the Church but cannot make it to the launch contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3278 3082.
Look forward to meeting you then,
Jane Leonforte & Adriano Regano
Stephanie Messenger of Vaccine Answers Informed Sources and Healthy Lifestyles Naturally, also advertises this church in her seminars, advising people on how to avoid immunisation in the event of compulsory vaccination, stating:
"... there are ways around this. For instance, you can join a religion that doesn't vaccinate because we think very clearly that they will have to allow for religious exemption. There is such a religion if you've got your pens handy: www.churchofcl.com Go onto that site and you can download a membership form and do what it says. Ok? I'm not going to tell you anymore about that, but that's available to you."
"Our community has just established a church called "the church of conscious living". There are ways around everything."
In a Herald Sun article, Tony Abbott backs No Jab, No Play campaign dated 12 May 2013, he advises:
We are demanding:
> The state government amend the Public Health Act 2010 to allow childcare centres to ban unvaccinated children.
> The federal government stop paying childcare rebate and family tax benefit to parents who claim they are "conscientious objectors".
The article concludes with Abbott stating: "...the only exemptions should be based on religious or medical reasons."
I expect membership numbers for this church might soon be increasing. It will be interesting to see if a challenge can be made on the dubious and somewhat dishonest grounds on which this church was founded.
Update 25 May 2013: Please refer to the following Daily Telegraph article Religious exemption bid is last sting in anti-vaccine bag of tricks which looks at the Church of Conscious Living and questions the Government's inclusion of religious exemption for vaccination.
Update 14 Jun 2013: The religious exemption loophole has caused concern in NSW Parliament. Please refer Hansard 29 May 2013: Full Day Hansard Transcript (Legislative Assembly, 29 May 2013, Corrected Copy).
Posted: 11 May 2013
Last update: 14 Jun 2013