The Situation in Indiana

La Porte (Ind.) Herald

Mr. Editor.

In your issue of October 16 appeared a special from Indianapolis concerning the decision of the Indiana Supreme Court in the case of a magnetic physician who was convicted in the Lawrence Circuit Court of practising medicine without a license, under the medical law of 1901, and who appealed to the Supreme Court, where the conviction was affirmed. The special, however, erroneously states that the Supreme Court applies its decision to Christian Science practitioners, and this being untrue I ask the privilege of briefly correcting the special thus far. The law does not name Christian Science practitioners, and the decision of the Supreme Court makes no reference to them directly or indirectly. If any case should be begun against a Christian Science practitioner under said law of 1901, important distinctions will be shown to the courts between the attitude of Christian Science practitioners under that statute and the attitude of magnetic healers under said statute. Briefly stated, this differentiation consists of questions of statutory construction, and, more important, of questions arising under the bill of rights in both the Federal and Indiana constitutions guaranteeing the freedom of religious conscience. C. A. Buskirk.In La Porte (Ind.) Herald.

God and Man
November 13, 1902

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