Christian Scientists strive to respect vaccination views
The editorial, “End religious vaccine exemptions to boost student health,” makes an important point about the “delicate balance between religious freedom, personal choice and public health considerations.” Since the editorial mentioned Christian Scientists, I wanted to assure your readers – our neighbors – that we respect the need for this balance, too.
A recent church statement put it this way: “Grateful as we are to live in a state where honest differences can be respected, Christian Scientists are also mindful of the obligations all citizens have to respect the rights of others in their communities….
“For more than a century, our denomination has counseled respect for public health authorities and conscientious obedience to the laws of the land, including those requiring vaccination…. We see this as a matter of basic Golden Rule ethics….”
The practice of healing through prayer has meant a great deal to us through the years, so we’ve appreciated the vaccination exemption and sought to use it conscientiously and responsibly when it has been granted, here in New York as elsewhere.
Our church does not dictate the decisions of individual members in these matters, however, nor are our decisions motivated by fear of vaccines. As the church statement concluded: “Whatever the right legislative answer may be for our state at this time, Christian Scientists hope that their long experience as a religious minority working in cooperation with society’s majority might point to the possibility of a resolution based on mutual respect and understanding in the best interest of all.”
Christian Science Committee on Publication for New York
Take a break from politics, go see Wilson art exhibit
With all the nonsense going on in this country these days I’d like to offer a way to forget about all of it for a few peaceful hours. To that end, I would encourage the people of Western New York to see the current Impressionist Exhibition at Albright-Knox Art Gallery in honor of Ralph Wilson’s 100th birthday.
In conjunction with the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the exhibition features some the very best Impressionist art from the mid-19th to the early-20th centuries. You will never see a show this good in Buffalo again, ever.
Please take the time and enjoy this exceptionally beautiful visual experience.
St. Joseph’s Table custom extends from the Middle Ages
A recent MyView beautifully described a “St. Joseph’s Table.” However, I would add mention of an integral aspect of the tradition, in fact, its very origin.
The custom dates from the Middle Ages, when a serious drought in the Sicilian region of Italy threatened to destroy crops and livestock, with particular suffering of the poor. St. Joseph being the spiritual Patron of Sicily, prayers were lifted to the Saint, with the promise of a special celebration in gratitude. Indeed, the drought ended and the landowners opened their homes to the poor with a sumptuous banquet. Since then, a tradition grew of turning to St. Joseph for other needs and of celebrating a festive meal in thanksgiving on March
19, the Church’s liturgical observance. An integral feature of the feast is the presence of some needy persons, especially children, or an equivalent practice like encouraging those present to make a donation for a charitable cause.
The article on page one, City & Region, yesterday dealt with increased costs for the collection of grass clippings in the Town of Lancaster. This begs the question of why grass clippings are collected at all, anywhere. The article goes on to indicate how beneficial the clippings are for the lawns. I would hope most people are already aware of this fact. Let’s start to mulch, mulch, mulch, both residential and commercial, and stop adding more and more to our landfills.
Trump’s proposed deep cuts to social safety nets will hurt
How can a president who claims to believe in the sanctity of life consider eliminating the Affordable Care Act and slashing Medicare?
Life is still sacred after being born and our senior citizens who need special care should receive the same consideration as the unborn.
More than 20 million participate in the Affordable Care Act. Cutting or eliminating these programs requires the actions of a cruel and evil man.
Bills should draft Metcalf as tight end in Gronk image
If I were the Bills, I would draft Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver D.K. Metcalf and turn him into a tight end. He looks like he could be a carbon copy of Rob Gronkowski.