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Florida court exonerates Christian Scientist parents
On July 2 we received word that the Supreme Court of the State of Florida unanimously overturned the convictions of William and Christine Hermanson. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that, in cases involving reliance on spiritual means for healing, "it was the first time a state's high court overturned the criminal convictions of parents who cited religious beliefs ... and it could broaden the rights of others who favor prayer over medicine, attorneys and church leaders said Thursday." The Tampa Tribune reported, "The ruling means that the Hermansons' records will be wiped clean ... " They cannot be tried again.
Members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and others who support religious freedom have prayed deeply over this issue and will be grateful for this judicial rectification. This case follows a decision last year by the Minnesota Supreme Court, which refused to permit the prosecution of a Christian Scientist couple in light of the state legislative provision for spiritual healing.
INSIDE: LOOKING INTO THIS ISSUE
Hannelore F. Fuchs
Powerful images, prayer-filled response
with contributions from Karla Vallance
Maxine Le Pelley
Perfection is always present
Marcia Machado Flesch
Robert Dudley Lewis
"Ambitious Bronx Youths Find Profit in Vacant Lot" by David Gonzalez
Prayer that's bigger than "me"
Joan Sieber Ware
FROM HAND TO HAND
The prayer "Thy will be done"
Richard C. Bergenheim
The wasp was harmless
Bonnie L. McDowell
Anyone who is a parent can appreciate the need to heal...
Richard Howe with contributions from Donna Howe, Thomas J. Howe
While cleaning my teeth, a dentist was appalled at a condition...
Vivien B. Oswell