LIBERTY

Fairhaven (Mass.) Star

At the Unitarian Memorial Church Sunday, Dec. 9, Rev. Frank L. Phalen, the pastor, preached a sermon on Christian Science, in which he sought to give the belief a "square deal." Mr. Phalen was for seven years located at Concord, N. H., as pastor of the Unitarian church there. He is personally acquainted with Mrs. Eddy, has held conversation with her, and holds letters he has received from her. . . . Mr. Phalen took his text from Luke, 4: i8, i9. He said,—

There are many persons who forget that this is a land of liberty. There are many persons who know this is a land of liberty, but act and speak as if their thoughts, feelings, and conduct exhausted the entire scope of religious liberty. In short, we are constantly amused by the air and tone of the persons who appear to think that religious liberty in America was born to encourage their notions and to condemn the notions of everybody beyond their parish. Now I take great satisfaction in pricking bubble of ignorance, and in calling attention to the fact that religious liberty in Massachusetts, in New England, in this republic, means liberty for every one,—liberty for the Hebrew, liberty for the Catholic, liberty for the agnostic, liberty for the free thinker, liberty for the orthodox, liberty for the heterodox, liberty for the aristocrat, liberty for the democrat, liberty to worship, liberty not to worship, liberty to be a Christian, liberty not to be a Christian. ...

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