"Coercive legislation"

On page 80 of "Miscellaneous Writings," Mrs. Eddy says: "Unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation and laws, infringing individual rights, must be 'of few days, and full of trouble.' ... Tyranny can thrive but feebly under our government. God reigns, and will 'turn and overturn' until right is found supreme." This utterance has never had greater significance than it has today, when citizens are confronted by an unusual activity on behalf of many medical laws, some of which easily fall under our Leader's designation of "unconstitutional and unjust."

In approaching civic or political questions, the Christian Scientist is not likely to be biased by purely partizan considerations, because he is learning to solve all problems, whether individual or communistic, by reference to Principle, and by the application of a fixed scientific rule. This attitude toward all public questions of the day is calculated to give to the Christian Scientist a poise, a calm and judicial outlook which enables him to view a situation impersonally and which greatly enhances the value of his work of reform. It is in this impersonal manner that the followers of Mrs. Eddy will work to restrain the mad ambition which is seeking to enact "unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation," and since it is one of the fundamental teachings of Christian Science that error is never to be personalized, the Christian Scientist will not treat the evidences of medical aggression as anything but a phase of what Paul so aptly called "the carnal mind," which "is enmity against God."

November 8, 1913

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