An Age of Tolerance

St. Paul (Minn.) Globe

The defeat of the anti-Christian Science healing bill in the legislature of New Hampshire by a vote of 194 to 70 reveals the fact that American traditions are still strong in New England, and that religious and professional intolerance cannot find in the Granite State a lodgment in the statute book.

It was the emphatic adverse report of the judiciary committee, the committee which sits as a tribunal for the adjustment of bills to the principles of constitutional right, that settled the fate of this appeal to sectarian intolerance and professional prejudice. Often the judiciary committee of a legislative body is attacked as a graveyard for progressive legislation; but, as in this case, it may also serve as the bulwark of fundamental principles.

Mistakes undoubtedly have been made under the name of Christian Science mind- or faith-cures. Among the thousands who have obtained relief, there is the occasional one who succumbs to disease when possibly another method might have resulted favorably. What then? Have no graves been filled by the established medical profession? Is there an orthodox medical school which by law can make no mistake? Shall there be no cures permitted, except by the use of drugs or the knife?

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March 7, 1903

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