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Lawmaker seeks to remove Christian Scientists’ religious exemption

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.

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling

Christian Science 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.

Healthcare provision seeks to embrace Christian Science prayer treatments

Christian Science 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.”

When parents call God instead of the doctor

faith healing The impending high-profile trial of parents charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of their daughter has sparked new debate in a long-running battle over faith healing in the United States.

Faith-healing communities around the country are worried about losing their right to treat their children according to their religious beliefs.

Two other trials over faith healing-related deaths are also being closely watched.

Christian Scientists pushing change in Wisconsin prayer law

Christian Science 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.

Christian Science Monitor to discontinue daily print edition

Christian Science Monitor 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.

Christian Science provision sought in healthcare law

Officials of the Christian Science Church are worried that the state’s healthcare law will exclude faith healing as a recognized health benefit for its employees who do not receive traditional medical care because of their religious beliefs. The church, based in Boston, holds that illnesses should be treated with prayer, but a draft version of the healthcare reform regulations specifies that employers must contribute to workers’ medical insurance coverage to comply with the landmark law that takes effect next year. Those that do not will be assessed $295 per employee annually. The law also requires Massachusetts residents to enroll in

Christian Science church aims for growth amid struggles

BOSTON (AP) – The church was founded after a fall that left Mary Baker Eddy bedridden and turning to the Bible in her suffering. It is said that a revelation she received while reading about Christ’s healings was so powerful, Eddy walked away from her bed, instantly healed. The Christian Science church she left behind hasn’t been as quick to cure its problems. The church has recently faced major job cuts and a sell-off of historic properties. It’s also struggled with low membership at a time when its core principle of healing through prayer is criticized as obsolete. Meanwhile, its