It is generally conceded that a person who has an opportunity to ascertain the falsity of a statement, but fails to avail himself of it and puts forth the false statement as the truth, stands in the same relation to the public as does one who knowingly falsifies; and if this is true in general, why should a different view of such conduct be taken when Christian Science and Christian Scientists are the subjects of misrepresentation?

A case in point is that of the canard which Mrs. Eddy has recently contradicted through the Boston Herald. The means for ascertaining the falsity of this story were available to all, yet it was printed without investigation. Certainly this was neither good morals nor good journalism, and the same may be said of the other false and, in some cases, malicious stories which have been circulated concerning Christian Science, its Founder, and its teachings.

Christian Scientists ask nothing unreasonable when they request that whatever is published about them and about their religion be confined to what is true. So reasonable is this request that it should appeal to every person of normal moral and mental make-up; yet it is a fact that about fifty persons are needed in the service of our Committee on Publication to correct the erroneous and misleading statements constantly being made by those who write upon the subject of Christian Science. Christian Science is no longer a new and comparatively unknown system, nor is it at all difficult to obtain authentic information concerning it, its Leader, and its followers. There are practically a thousand places where Christian Science services are held each Sunday, and in connection with almost all these services Wednesday evening meetings are held, at which testimony is given as to the healing of the sick and the reformation of the sinful through the ministry of this Christ-truth.

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October 27, 1906

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