In a recent issue of the Tribune a writer refers to a growing...


In a recent issue of the Tribune a writer refers to a growing tendency towards the teaching of pacifism in the churches. In attempting to show the government's right to restrict any teaching inimical to the public welfare, even though put forth by a church, he makes the misleading and incorrect statement that "the state interferes with the religion of Christian Scientists to protect the public health." There is not a single law on the statute books of the state of California which interferes with, or restricts, Christian Scientists in their exercise and enjoyment of religious freedom to preserve and to recover health by prayer or spiritual means. Neither has any occasion for such interference or restriction arisen. It is well understood by the public, and admitted by health officers, that no class of people in the community more scrupulously obey public health laws and regulations than do Christian Scientists. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has clearly defined the position of Christian Scientists with respect to obedience to law in a single sentence on page 128 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" in her statement, "Christian Scientists abide by the laws of God and the laws of the land."

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