Vail Daily letter: Prayer worked for me
Vail, CO, Colorado
Regarding Richard Carnes’ “Pay for Prayers a delusion alternative”:
While Mr. Carnes’ attempts at humor may entertain some, the inaccuracies in this column are not a laughing matter.
For starters, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is well known to be a Mormon, not a Christian Scientist. He simply proposed a non-denominational spiritual care amendment, along with Catholic Senators Kerry and Kennedy, both of whom recognized the need for this coverage in a bill designed to give patients the right to choose the health care that works best for them.
To imply that any religious practice will now be eligible for coverage under this amendment just isn’t true.
Only IRS-approved tax-deductible treatments, which currently are limited to Christian Science practitioners, Native Americans, some holistic centers and a few others, will qualify.
As for scientific studies, the best evidence I know of is the personal experiences of thousands of individual Christian Scientists from all over the world who have relied on this system of prayer treatment for more than 130 years.
When people are healed, they don’t need to consult studies.
One such testimony came from my parents, who relied upon Christian Science for three different types of arm fractures, including a shattered elbow.
Each child was quickly healed through prayer alone with no medical treatment and the supporting prayers of a Christian Science practitioner.
Other examples, many of which were cases of medically diagnosed conditions, may be found at http://www.christianscience.com or at any Christian Science Reading Room.
Families, including mine, have benefited from the application of the teachings of Christian Science for at least five generations,
Media and Legislative Relations Christian Science Committee on Publication for Colorado