There is hardly a fundamental of law better known and...

Southwest American

There is hardly a fundamental of law better known and established than that a religious belief is no excuse for an overt act of crime. Otherwise the law might find no check for certain human sacrifices sometimes sought to be made in the name of religion, or for polygamous marriages among certain people, or the like. It should be thoroughly understood that Christian Scientists do not refrain from medicine merely in support of some theory, ology, or ism, but because, in their judgment and experience, they have a better and more efficient therapeutic agent. Christian Scientists merely choose to rely upon a remedy that is wholly mental and spiritual, and they do this because, according to their observation and experience, it provides the best health and the most of it in the shortest space of time.

Nothing short of doing the best one knows will mark the action of a "reasonably prudent man" (which is the law's standard), whether in the exercise of his judgment he chooses to depend upon allopathic, homeopathic, eclectic, osteopathic, Christian Science, or any other form of treatment, provided always that he can show reasonable judgment and prudence in so doing.

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December 23, 1911

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