Christian Science and Civil Defense

The Psalmist, enduring conditions that seemed to him of the utmost gravity, came to the core of the problem of defense: he saw that it was "of God." Ps. 7:10; Yet no one can reasonably dispute the necessity for governments to concern themselves with civil defense programs at the present hour. This applies both to countries reluctantly contemplating the threat of war against themselves, and to those declaring that they are nonaligned. Nuclear explosions and radioactive fallout cannot be confined within geographical frontiers.

The authorities have worked out many devices and procedures to protect the public from two particular dangers of nuclear fallout: radiation and contamination. Though most of us do not realize it, both these problems already exist, in a limited degree, in our own environment in peacetime. For example, radioactive material is constantly being transported, and special crews have been trained to deal with the fallout occasioned when anything untoward occurs with such cargo in transit or in case of fire at a warehouse.

Respect Begins Where We Are
October 23, 1971

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