Regarding Individual Rights

While Christian Scientists cheerfully grant their neighbors the privilege which they claim for themselves,—their own choice of religion and medicine,—they would not be inclined to lend any special support to any practice which is not demonstrably efficacious.

They do not discard material remedies merely to be fanatically true to a religious belief, but because they have proved by actual experience that in so doing they are choosing the better way, not only for the adult but for the child, In this connection, however, it should be stated that they sometimes sacrifice personal liberties in deference to popular opinion and the fears and apprehensions of their neighbors.

December 5, 1903

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