Letters to the Press

Burns Times-Herald

Burns Times-Herald
Burns, Oregon

I usually enjoy reading your column "Days of Yore," but must admit the one of January 13 recalling something that happened many years ago involving the name of Christian Science was a surprise. The thing that concerns us is that the incident gave a completely false picture of Christian Science.

The story told about a woman who conspired to keep her husband from getting needed medicine because she believed in Christian Science. But to any of us who are familiar with Christian Science this unchristian behavior would be intolerable.

We feel that it is important that the readers of this paper in our community know that Christian Scientists are taught to have a natural respect for the right of everyone to choose any method of treatment, whether it is medicine or another form. We believe strongly that no one should force his views on anyone else.

We just want to emphasize that our teaching and practice do not allow the type of conduct related in the above story.

Margaret Smawley
Assistant Committee on Publication

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May 23, 1977

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