October 16th, 2013
My big sister, Ruthie, sent me a list of famous Christian Scientists to mull over as I wished. I would much rather mull over wine, but since it isn’t allowed in the halls of CS, I made do with the combined joys of selective memory and my dislike of most, but not all*, organized religions.
Ellen DeGeneres was a Christian Scientist as a schoolkid, just as I was. She had the same problem I did — come vaccination time she felt left out. That smarted more than any needle stick because there was nothing you could pretend to have withstood. You’re huddled at your desk with the pink “exemption slip” somewhere on your being, as the other kids file back into the room with that “I’ve been through it all” grimace combined with the inclusive “haven’t we? — uh, everybody but Fred and Ellen.”
That wasn’t all that sucked about Christian Science. Scientific minded children hated it given that they were not able to see the science hidden in its beliefs. Christian minded children freaked out because Christ was seldom mentioned except in comparison to Mary Baker Eddy. She was always allowed to shine a little more brightly because she had to do her thing without the help of 12 or 13 enablers.
Other luminaries were the Nixon twins, Erlichman and Haldeman (who were listed as Christian Scientists who neither smoke nor drink). Christian Scientists who both smoke and drink are offended by such elitism.
*Catholicism in its present incarnation is looking better and better. Let’s stay with Pope Francis for the years necessary for his beliefs to infiltrate and influence the slowpokes among his followers. Judaism, down to 13 million faithful needs somehow to remain in the world. It looks like there is some light at the end of a variety of tunnels. Just remember that 13 million is 1/100th of the 1.3 billion Muslims that surround them in the middle east. Let’s keep working, guys. Scary as this sounds, there are some of all faiths working for peace.