Looking Back – Volume 39, No. 3

35 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

“The dangers to children associated with faith-healing sects are enormous. They are cared for by people with no medical knowledge, people who are trained to deny disease and its symptoms as illusions, people who demand more faith as the disease gets worse. They have no standard for judging when to give up on their religion or culture and go to a doctor. Furthermore, the state has no reliable way of discovering their sick children. ...

“We as a society can establish in law that parents have a duty to provide medical care for children without exceptions for religious belief and that something that calls itself a health care system has duties to both the state and its patients.”

—Rita Swan, “Christian Science, Faith Healing, and the Law,”
Free Inquiry, Volume 4, No. 2 (Spring 1984)

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