The statute prohibiting the unauthorized practice of medicine...

New York American

The statute prohibiting the unauthorized practice of medicine expressly makes an exception in favor of the tenets of churches. The court of appeals has not yet interpreted this statute in its bearing upon the healing art as practised by Christian Scientists. Until such authoritative interpretation has been had, through the prosecution of a single test case, the American feels bound to support the Christian Scientists in their appeal to the magistrates to stop making indiscriminate arrests. That reputable men and women, of otherwise blameless lives, should be haled off to jail for persuading sick people to cheer up, looks to the lay mind like persecution.

The American protests against this as against every other kind of persecution. And, in the absence of a distinct law, backed by the interpretation of the highest tribunal, this newspaper will continue to believe that neither the constitution nor the spirit of American justice can brand as a crime the sincere prayer of religious faith or any honest application of mental therapeutics.

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