Religion and Politics

In The Christian Science Monitor of March 23 there appeared a leading editorial with the above title, which was of much more than passing interest.

Its value is not alone in the incident which called it forth, but also in its declaration of the established rule which governs the editorial and news columns of The Christian Science Monitor on the question of "religion and politics"—a question which is daily attracting the attention of increasing numbers of thoughtful men and women.

This editorial, which we commend to the attention of every Christian Scientist, points out clearly that the religious teachings of a church are primarily the concern of that church alone, whereas the political dealings of a church are, in the very nature of things, common property. It also points out that The Christian Science Monitor demands for, and extends to, every religion the toleration it claims for itself and has no conflict with any form of religious teaching. It does, however, maintain its right to record and analyze the signs of these times as they appear upon the political horizon, irrespective of whether these signs reveal the attempted manipulation of men and nations in the name of political parties, religious bodies, or individuals. To do less than this would be for the Monitor to fail to fulfill its responsibility to its Founder and to the world.

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Practicing Hospitality
April 6, 1918

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