It was a noble tribute that Mr. W. D. McCrackan, First...

Boston Times

It was a noble tribute that Mr. W. D. McCrackan, First Reader of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, paid to our country's flag [on flag day, June 14]: "The stars and stripes stand for fair play and the rights of man," said he. Mr. McCrackan might easily and fairly have added that those same rights and the meting out of the same fair play had been illy contributed to either himself or the religion whose banner he bore. In enduring persecution the members of the Christian Science Church have shown themselves Christians. Reviled, they have not reviled again; persecuted, they have neither torn nor rent; but with humility, and the charity which suffereth long and is kind, they are and have been mounting the heights, away from the slough of prejudice and unjust criticism which has so easily and unfairly beset them. This fact can be no better emphasized than by remembering that "a more general awakening in the public mind, to the necessity of healing, in the broader signification of that word,... is apparent in the commercial, social, moral, and religious life of to-day."

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