The following letter was published in the Kansas City Star in response to a story about a trial in the local area.
[Re: Kansas City Star article titled: “I had to do it, man testifies,” September 4]
Like everyone else, we are troubled and deeply saddened by what has been shared in court of the actions and decisions of the defendant in this case. We’re grateful that the two small children in this family are safe and cared for, and for the swift assistance of first responders and child protective agencies.
Christian Science teaches respect for human dignity and obedience to the law. The norm in our families in childbirth is to seek the practical help of doctors, midwives, or other qualified caregivers. The norm when someone dies is to notify the proper authorities and have the help of funeral homes or similar services in accordance with the law.
Many Christian Scientists through the years have themselves served as first responders, social workers, police officers, judges, in government, and in many other community and family support roles. The biblical injunction to “depart from evil, and do good” is at the core of our values. Our prayers and our hearts go out to everyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one and needing the love that heals the heart.
Christian Science Committee on Publication The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston