The press report in your recent issue, under the caption,...


The press report in your recent issue, under the caption, "Christian Science Meets Opposition in Baltimore," contains at least two misstatements which I shall thank you to permit me to correct. The bill in question was not opposed by the legal profession, as alleged, as the lawyers who appeared represented the medical profession only. The reason assigned for their opposition, namely, that Christian Science practitioners neglect infectious diseases, is not valid. As law-abiding citizens, Christian Scientists voluntarily report to the health authorities cases of contagious disease, and they likewise comply with all quarantine regulations. Therefore, when a Christian Scientist exercises his constitutional right to rely wholly upon spiritual means for the treatment of any form of disease, he is not thereby "endangering the community," since all sanitary requirements are scrupulously observed. Furthermore, he does not obey such laws grudgingly, since his religion teaches that he should give due consideration and respect to the opinions and convictions of others.

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