The lawyer quoted in yesterday's Eagle says: "It is the...

Brooklyn Eagle

The lawyer quoted in yesterday's Eagle says: "It is the duty of the community to prohibit the practice of medicine or healing by Christian Scientists and by all persons who are not properly qualified according to the common understanding."

Wisdom and absurdity are ingeniously entwined in this dictum. A Christian Scientist, or any other person not a regularly licensed physician, who prescribes medicine, should be put in jail. Such malpractice would be the false pretense of quackery—claiming to understand drugs without studying the science according to which they are to be administered to secure beneficial results. So, leaving out that part which is conceded by every conscientious person, the lawyer's claim may be more clearly and fairly set forth in this fashion: It is the duty of the community to prohibit healing by Christian Scientists, and by all persons who confine themselves to prayer, and are therefore not properly qualified according to the common understanding. But the first amendment of the Federal Constitution allows a man to pray. He may pray for health. And in the free exercise of the right to pray, also guaranteed by that amendment, it must be assumed that he may engage the services of another to help him—to teach him how to pray and to pray with him. "The laborer is worthy of his hire," therefore it is also just that the man who is being prayed for shall pay the man or woman who comes to him with this special knowledge in his need.

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