Prayer vs. Pills
In her April, 1995, article "Suffering Children and the Christian Science Church," Caroline Fraser examines the Lundman case, among others, and argues for legislation prohibiting parents from relying on prayer alone to treat potentially life-threatening illnesses that might be cured by conventional medicine.
Stephen Carter, in an Op-Ed piece in the January 31, 1996, New York Times, challenges the wisdom of the Supreme Court's decision. He argues that by punishing religious sects for views that are not consistent with the mainstream the Court has jeopardized the right to religious freedom. In short, Carter writes, ". . . the Justices have left the door open to all sorts of mischief."
Do you agree? Should parents be able to deny conventional medical treatment to their children on religious grounds? Is the Court's decision a victory for children or an infrigement of religious freedom?
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