As reported in your recent issue, your present city health...


As reported in your recent issue, your present city health officer and another doctor, both of whom addressed city club women at a meeting in the auditorium of your public library, expressed some concern over the election of a certain candidate for the office of commissioner of public safety because he is a Christian Scientist. Without meaning to take sides in any political issue in your city, it is but fair to your readers and to Christian Scientists that this thought should be corrected; for Christian Scientists are recognized everywhere as law-abiding citizens. They have earned this reputation through a careful observance of health and other laws. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writing on this very subject, says on page 220 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany": "I believe in obeying the laws of the land. I practise and teach this obedience, since justice is the moral signification of law."

I have stated that Christian Scientists are law-abiding citizens. In order that the Christian Scientists in this state may know of our observance of state health laws, the Christian Science Committee on Publication for the State of Washington issued a circular entitled, "The Observance of State Health Regulations," which was distributed to members of all Christian Science branch churches and societies in this state. Pertinent facts relating to the reporting, and so forth, of contagious and infectious diseases were reiterated in a circular letter issued by the same committee very recently. Thus, a Christian Scientist elected to an office responsible for the enforcement of our laws would not only continue to observe the laws himself, but would give his most careful attention to the strict enforcement of all state health laws, as well as other laws of his community.

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