Please permit me to correct certain flagrant misrepresentations...

Jewish Life

Please permit me to correct certain flagrant misrepresentations of the Christian Science religion contained in an article appearing in your recent issue under the caption, "Astray Through Ignorance." The writer of the article in question is either totally ignorant of his subject or has deliberately undertaken, through misrepresentation, to stir up religious and racial prejudice. First of all, no Christian Scientist worthy of the name would tell one of the Hebrew faith that he could become affiliated with the Christian Science church and at the same time remain obedient to the doctrines, ceremonies, et cetera, of the Jewish religion. Our critic also implies that the healing results in the practice of Christian Science are not genuine and that its religious teachings are demoralizing. This statement is so manifestly untrue that it seems almost like wasted effort to refute it. Multiplied thousands of respected, dependable, and intelligent people to-day bear grateful testimony to the healing efficacy of Christian Science. The statement that Christian Scientists are neglectful of health regulations is likewise erroneous. Indeed, Christian Scientists are more scrupulous than most people in the observance of such laws. Their diligence in this respect frequently has been made the subject of favorable comment on the part of health officials.

Christian Science has prospered and will continue to prosper in spite of the carefully planned campaigns of slander against it. Surely such methods are contrary to the instincts of that better element which is to be found in all religious denominations, and to which these denominations owe their continued existence and such good as they may be able to accomplish in the affairs of men. Christian Scientists endeavor to treat fairly their brethren of other religious faiths, and they ask only the same in return. Let us strive to be fair, to be just, and to be kindly in our dealings with one another, especially where religious views are involved. In this way, and in this way only, can we hope to promote peace, good will, and religious tolerance among men and nations of men.

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