A noted editorial writer, in your recent issue, quotes a...

Wichita Beacon

A noted editorial writer, in your recent issue, quotes a professor as saying this country "boasts of its religious freedom" and is cursed with bigotry. In commenting on the professor's statement the impression is created that there are Christian Scientists who are bigots because they think, so he says, that the Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic religions need improvement.

The assumption is gratuitous. No genuine Christian Scientist is concerned in improving anyone's religion. On the contrary, the Christian Scientist is chiefly concerned in improving his understanding of his own religious teachings and in acquiring constantly increasing ability to demonstrate them. Furthermore, no one should manifest a greater degree of tolerance towards the religious convictions of other people than the Christian Scientist, for he has this advice always before him: "Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 444). So, while religious bigotry may be manifested in some quarters, the Christian Scientist, if true to the precepts and example of his Leader, Mrs. Eddy, in no wise fosters the spirit of religious bigotry or intolerance in this country or elsewhere.

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