My attention has been called to several letters in your...

Manistee (Mich.) Daily News

My attention has been called to several letters in your columns in which Christian Science has been dragged into the discussion. Inasmuch as misapprehension of the real position of Christian Scientists with regard to "medical freedom," compulsory inspection of school children, sanitation, hygiene, etc., seems to exist in the minds of the writers, I beg the privilege of explaining the same to your readers.

In the first place, Christian Science stands for common sense. It stands for pure air, pure food, and pure water. It stands for a clean body, and above all for a clean mind, for to the latter belongs the origin of a clean and healthy body and a pure and honest life. Contrary to one critic, Christian Scientists neither teach nor exercise any "suicidal views" toward themselves or others. They cheerfully submit to rigid quarantine in cases of contagion and infection, and they are taught to be obedient to existing statutes governing such diseases. Should an exception occur, it would be simply on a par with the many cases of mistaken medical diagnoses by good physicians which have occurred from time to time, records which I have on file in my office.

March 29, 1913

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