Your comments in a recent issue of the Cymbal on the...


Your comments in a recent issue of the Cymbal on the opposition which developed to certain features of a legislative bill, providing for the formation of health and sanitary districts, include several statements which indicate that you completely misapprehend the attitude of Christian Scientists (while not naming them, manifestly you mean Christian Scientists) towards public health and sanitary matters. The "health provisions" contained in the bill were not opposed by Christian Scientists because, as claimed by you, they fear regulations to prevent epidemics; neither is the statement correct that "such regulations are particularly objectionable to the group which started the fight against the bill." Your conclusion does a grave injustice to Christian Scientists, as they invariably cooperate with health officers in reporting communicable diseases and in observing quarantine regulations. This fact is admitted by health officers everywhere.

The opposition of Christian Scientists to those provisions of the bill which would delegate to sanitary district officers the administration of such health, as well as sanitary, matters as they might care to assume, was based on precisely the view entertained by the Secretary of the State Board of Health, who objected to placing the administration of health matters (with the inevitable accompanying confusion) outside of the existing state, county, and municipal public health organizations which are already functioning efficiently and to the satisfaction of all concerned, including Christian Scientists. Christian Scientists have no "theological convictions against health laws and regulations" in so far as health laws and regulations are employed for the purpose of protecting public health. On the contrary, they will always be found cooperating with health and other officers in protecting public health and in upholding the laws of the land.

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