The dismissal of the suit brought by "next friends"...

New York American

The dismissal of the suit brought by "next friends" against Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy will be gratifying to all fair-minded people without regard to religious belief.

While the public is left in the dark as to the reasons for dropping the suit, it is quite as much in the dark as to why it was ever brought in the first place. If its object was an attack on Mrs. Eddy as the Founder of Christian Science, it will be rightfully regarded as an attempt at persecution. In a land one of the cornerstones of whose government is religious liberty, such a course is short-sighted in that its effect, if it have any effect, must be to help rather than to harm the cause attacked. This would be true whatever the cult assailed.

It is not a question of whether we agree with Christian Science or not, but is solely a matter of individual freedom. Whatever we may think of Mrs. Eddy's theories, we cannot but respect her rights, the same being the rights we cherish for ourselves. The fact that she is of advanced age entitles her all the more to sympathy and protection. To assure her that sympathy and protection does not require a belief in her peculiar principles, but only a belief in common humanity.

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September 7, 1907

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