A few days ago the Herald called attention to a bill before...

Austin (Minn.) Herald

A few days ago the Herald called attention to a bill before the Legislature which would prevent members of the Christian Science faith from practising in the state without a medical license.

The injustice of such a measure is plain to all, and no really loyal American citizen but must hope for its failure. Personal liberty is one of the choicest of American privileges, so long as that personal liberty does not interfere with the rights of others. Those who want a physician are at liberty to have one, and most people do; but if they do not want a doctor and do want Christian Science, they should be privileged to have it.

The Christian Science people all over the land are to be found among our best citizens. They are of notably high moral character. They believe in all the ordinary virtues, like paying their debts, helping the needy, and telling the truth. Most of them have been led into the faith through its healing powers, and they surely ought to be as good judges of its efficiency as those who know nothing about it. From sickness and sin many have come out into fulness of health and strength of character, through what they call Christian Science. Christian Scientists follow the laws of health; they are hygienic and clean in their living; and no state could deprive them of their religious rights without bringing odium upon itself.

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