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The editorial in the Dallas News May 12 has just come...

Dallas News

The editorial in the Dallas News May 12 has just come to my attention. Will you permit me to say that you have entirely missed the point of the legislation which the Christian Scientists are seeking. Our specific purpose is not, as you implied, to seek legislation which will enable our practitioners to make a charge. Our aim is to have the healing work which is done by our practitioners recognized as an integral part of our church activities, and that as such it does not come under the jurisdiction of the Medical Practice Act.

Forty-two states of the Union have already completely exempted Christian Science practitioners from the necessity of passing medical examinations. Indeed, Texas itself has recognized the fact that the prayers of Christian Science practitioners are in accordance with the teachings of their church, and has exempted them from the Medical Practice Act, provided that "no charge be made directly or indirectly."

Our objection to the "no charge" clause lies in the fact that since the Medical Practice Act is not a religious practice act, the implication is that Christian Science is a branch of medical science rather than what it is, purely religious, and as such the practitioners of it should, therefore, not be governed or restricted by this act.

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