The ministerial correspondents whose names are attached...

Whitehall (Mich.) Forum

The ministerial correspondents whose names are attached to the letter in the issue of December 12 should rejoice that there are Christians in your city who are sufficiently sincere in the practice of their religion to hold a service in their home on the Sabbath, even though the church edifices were closed on account of fear of an alleged epidemic. That the holding of such a service is entirely within the legal rights of those in whose home it took place, no sincere and unprejudiced citizen can doubt for a moment.

Christian Scientists yield to no one in their obedience to law. They believe, however, that no law in this free land is constitutional which seeks to prevent the worship of God according to the dictates of one's own conscience, provided that such worship does not infringe the rights of others to the latter's injury. When such an attempt is directed toward preventing a religious service in a private home, as in this instance, it savors of a medical and ecclesiastical domination which is on a par with the autocracy of the political and military despotism which for over four years vainly sought to bring the world under its rule.

Extracts from Letters
June 21, 1919

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