Comment on a Recent Decision

THE failure of the criminal proceedings commenced some three years ago against several Christian Scientists at White Plains, N. Y., has been freely commented upon, editorially, by newspapers throughout the country, and it is gratifying to note that much of this comment has been from the standpoint of constitutional rights and a "square deal." The Daphne (Ala.) Standard has the following to say about this decision:—

"This decision is more than a victory for Christian Scientists, it is a victory for all people; and is another long stride towards freedom,—the right for people to choose their own methods of treating the sick, to choose their own medical system. This is a constitutional right and should be carefully guarded. Any encroachment upon these rights would be likely to end in a medical despotism.

"The Standard is not contending for the rights of any particular sect or ism, but for the equal freedom of all people to choose for themselves in matters affecting their own interests."

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The Father's House
September 2, 1905

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