In these tolerant days with so many varying religious...


In these tolerant days with so many varying religious beliefs, it is not an easy matter in any progressive state to get a law on the statute-books that seems in any way to trench on any of them. In Missouri, as well as in Michigan, this wholesome fact has just been illustrated. The senate judiciary committee, in reporting out a bill for "the regulation of the practice of medicine and surgery," attached thereto this clause: "The provisions of this act shall not apply to persons who merely practise the religious tenets of their church, without pretending knowledge of medicine or surgery, provided, that quarantine regulations relating to contagious or infectious diseases are not infringed upon."

The author of the bill had declared that one of its purposes was to put a stop to Christian Science healing practices, and Jefferson City advices state that protests against the bill as introduced, signed by more than fifty thousand, were presented to the committee by Christian Science delegations from all parts of Missouri.

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