The attack on Christian Science by a clergyman (which...

Evening Post

The attack on Christian Science by a clergyman (which has been reported in the Post) recalls by contrast a statement from President Coolidge in his address at Omaha, last October. In that address the President said, "It is not easy to conceive of anything that would be more unfortunate in a community based upon the ideals of which Americans boast than any considerable development of intolerance as regards religion." Not only is intolerance contrary to religious freedom; it is nearly always a narrow expression of personal opinion based upon lack of appreciation and misapprehension.

In contrast to the personal opinion against Christian Science aggressively expressed by the clergyman, I could fill a page of the Post with opposite opinions from clergymen, physicians, and disinterested observers, who are probably much more able than he is to express a clear-minded opinion on this subject. Furthermore, his assertions amount practically to admissions that he is not correctly informed with regard to Christian Science. For instance, his assertion that this religion originated with a man named Quimby shows that he has accepted a canard which never had any basis in fact, which has been definitely refuted by independent investigators, and was involved specifically in a decision by the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts in 1883.

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