When it comes to issues of child abuse or neglect, followers of Christian Science — which is neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘science’ — should be held to the same standards as members of other groups.
A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would eliminate a ‘faith healing’ exemption for Christian Scientists. [Read more...]
A recent ruling upholding a Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions will go unchallenged after a couple on trial in the faith healing death of their son accepted a plea.
The religious movement, considered by Christians to be a cult of Christianity, has been able to negotiate exemptions to the health laws in a number of states. [Read more...]
Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science
prayer treatments as medical expenses.
The measure would put Christian Science prayer treatments — which substitute for or supplement medical treatments — on the same footing as clinical medicine. While not mentioning the church by name, it would prohibit discrimination against “religious and spiritual healthcare.” [Read more...]
In an effort to separate itself from the tragic death of young Madeline Kara Neumann
of Wisconsin whose parents chose to pray over her rather than seek medical help, the local Christian Science Church
has been meeting with state legislators to revise a state law that currently exempts faith healing practices from prosecution for child neglect and abuse.
But one expert warned that any measure drafted by Christian Scientists would aim to protect only Christian Scientists, not children. [Read more...]
The century-old Christian Science Monitor said Tuesday that it would discontinue its daily print edition in April and move almost exclusively to online publication, becoming the first major national newspaper to abandon a daily paper-and-ink format.
The move, which had been expected by industry professionals and the Monitor staff, will cut annual costs by millions of dollars for the money-losing newspaper, which is subsidized by the Christian Science Church. [Read more...]
Robert Ellis left Christian Science – the faith of his parents, his wife, his in-laws, his community. And then he spent a decade writing a memoir, “A Collision of Truths,” which he is self-publishing. [Read more...]
While differences abound between them, there are significant aspects that tie together these religious groups: Unity School of Christianity, Christian Science, Metamorphosis and Bahai. [Read more...]