From the Birmingham News of Alabama: Christian Scientists prepare to fight bird flu with prayer.
While the U.S. government stockpiles antiviral medications, scientists work on developing new treatments and vaccines, and infectious disease experts try to detect and contain a virus, Christian Scientists are taking their own line of defense: They are praying. Christian Scientists believe in spiritual, rather than medical, healing. They believe in the power of prayer to both prevent a bird flu pandemic and heal those who are sick should an outbreak occur.
Well, at least it should be quieter than marching through 14th-century Europe, fighting bubonic plague by flagellating oneself and burning the local Jews.