Wider roads, diverse paths
February 22, 2008
Rich Mayfield’s column, “The Challenge to Serve Both God and Country”, while thought provoking, has a broad trajectory, jumping from World War II, to Canterbury, the Amish, Christian Science, Arizona polygamy, a Utah prison.
With respect and gratitude for those who did alternative service during war time, allow me to put Christian Science into clearer context.
My uncle, who happened to enlist, and several other Christian Scientists I have known who served in the military, were able to practice Christian Science healing for themselves and for others during their service. Many Christian Science chaplains eventually became public practitioners as civilians, making Christian Science healing available to others.
As I have worked with lawmakers in Colorado to maintain accommodations for spiritual healing, I haven’t found confusion but appreciation for this choice. It seems totally appropriate for laws to accommodate those whose religious practice includes spiritual healing in lieu of medical treatment.
By the way, over here in Boulder, known for its almost “religious” exercise focus, roads are widened and striped to accommodate bicycles. I’ve seen similar efforts in Summit County. Perhaps if the Amish were here the lanes could be still wider. And isn’t that what has been done legislatively to accommodate diverse approaches to healing and well being?