ST LOUIS POST DISPATCH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 1993 SECTION C, PAGE 1 CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST HERE
ST LOUIS POST DISPATCH
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 1993
SECTION C, PAGE 1
CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST HERE EXPEL DISSENTER
The Christian Science church has expelled a forth-generation
member because she criticized the church in an article in the
Post Dispatch last spring and in a speech this fall.
Suzanne Shepard of Ladue was expelled from the church's Kirkwood
branch last month, two days after she appeared before the
church's board to respond to a complaint.
In a letter, the church's board told Shepard that she was being
expelled because her public statements about Christian Science
demonstrated "a departure from radical reliance on spiritual
methods as a basis for practicing Christian Science."
Now without having to type in the entire article at this time I
will give an accurate summary of what happened. I have followed
this story for over 6 months.
Shepard was a "practioner" or "healer" for the church. She has
advised families in the past to withold medical treatment in
accordance with church law, resulting in several deaths of church
members from illnesses that were treatable.
When her own daughter developed appendicitis she was advised by
another "healer" to withold medical care. The daughters appendix
ruptured, peritonitis set in, the daughter slipped into a comma,
and was dying.
Shepard took the daughter to the hospital over strong protests by
the church and her "healer" adviser. The daugther was treated
successfully and recovered.
Shepard went public with statements that Christian Science should
include provisions for medical care in it's faith healing. For
this, and saving the life of her daughter, she was expelled.
... Fundamentalism means never having to open your mind.
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