Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication

The newspapers of Washington have continued to show the same friendly attitude exhibited in previous years. One unfriendly reference to Christian Science and our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, was made in one of our local university newspapers. A correcting letter was accepted and published. Nothing unfriendly appeared in any of our daily newspapers, although one reference to Christian Science of an erroneous nature was made. The newspaper printing it printed the letter correcting this misstatement. During the year there were one hundred and eight news items which were informative and reliable, two unfriendly references, and five undesirable, though not necessarily unfriendly. Excerpts of our weekly Lesson-Sermons have been appearing on the Saturday church pages of our daily newspapers, and during the year two hundred and ten of these items appeared. They are helpful in giving the public a clear idea of the fundamental truth about Christian Science. Articles and quotations from The Christian Science Monitor have appeared frequently in the Washington dailies, indicating that the quality of our Monitor's productions is considered high by the professional news men of other daily newspapers. Eighty of these articles were quoted in full or in part, credit being given in each instance to the Monitor. It should be remembered that critical press comment about Christian Science has almost disappeared.

Twenty-eight reporst of eleven lectures were printed during the year, two of the lectures being noonday and three of them being Sunday afternoon lectures. Your Committee submitted a number of Bible texts for use at the head of the editorial page of one of our newspapers, which were printed, due credit being given to the Committee.

During the year, a quotation from one of our Leader's writings was read over the radio without the one reading it giving the name of the author. When this was called to the attention of your Committee, he made a call on the station over which it came. Sincere regrets were immediately forthcoming, and the next week in a similar program a frank apology, with some highly commendatory remarks about Mrs. Eddy, went out over the air. During the year four lectures were radiocast from this city.

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Spiritual Freedom
October 17, 1936

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