In a recent issue there is a reference to Christian Science...

Westmorland Gazette

In a recent issue there is a reference to Christian Science which gives the impression that Christian Scientists, as such, would claim exemption from military service on the grounds of conscientious objection.

Will you kindly permit me to state, for the information of your readers, that there is nothing in the teachings of Christian Science to justify such a claim. The Christian Science Board of Directors, the governing body of the Christian Science church, have recently made the following statement on this subject (Christian Science Sentinel, January 4, 1941): "It should be said that a Christian Scientist could not claim exemption as a conscientious objector without misrepresenting Christian Science, for in the Church Tenets or platform of the Christian Science Church no specific reference is made to participation in war or for training therefor. On the other hand, Mrs. Eddy says on page 277 of Miscellany, 'But if our nation's rights or honor were seized, every citizen would be a soldier and woman would be armed with power girt for the hour.' "

Christian Scientists, both men and women, are serving in branches of His Majesty's Forces, and Christian Science Officiating Chaplains have been appointed to the various commands.

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