I`ve underlined a few lines testifying how progressive she was in her thinking. I think it`s important and still valid nowadays here , in Poland, where Catholic church tries to interfere with people`s lives or even private lives. Alice shows very clearly that medical issues and religion are to be separated. Now in Poland politicians discuss the law on in vitro, i.e. extracorpoal insemination. Catholic church strongly opposes extracorporal insemination on the grounds that it`s murder(!), that a child should be a result of love-making of his/her children, an act of God and a lot of similar nonsense. Church denies Polish citizens their basic human rights i.e. to have children, to choose whether to adopt a child or undergo extracorpoal insemination or undego any other treatment. Chuch officials even threaten that parents of such children won`t be able to recieve communion(!!!). Some priests declare that children who were conceived in a laboratory are "worse" or inferior" So when I read about Alice`s attitude towards medical issues I thought that she was much more ahead of some of our contemporaries.
Princess Christian about Alice`s activities in 1866
Princess Alice attended some very interesting lectures on the necessity of providing special asylums for poor idiots, delivered by a very clever and enter- prising " orthodox " clergyman from the Odenwald. She took up the idea most warmly, and determined to found such an institution herself, but in doing this found herself face to face with very serious difficul- ties. The lecturer and those who sided with him wished that any institution of this kind should bear a strictly religious stamp. The Princess did not agree in this view. She wished to separate the religious from the practical part of the work. She wished people to feel, that they were bound to help to alleviate sickness and suffering (in whatever form) out of mere love to their fellow-creatures, and not only as the fulfilment of a religious duty. While the Princess always acknowledged the value of re- ligious motives in carrying out works of charity, she felt strongly, in this particular case, that the treatment of idiots should be left to the medical profession, without any foreign interference. A committee was formed of persons who shared the Princess' views, and who were commissioned by her to take the necessary steps for carrying out her plans. By far the most difficult part of the work fell to her own share — namely, that of finding the necessary funds. To obtain these she organized a Bazaar in her new palace. This was a totally novel pro- ceeding in Germany, and well calculated to attract a large number of visitors. The Bazaar was opened on the 6th of April, and lasted four days. The Princess and Prince Louis and her brother, Prince Alfred, took an active part in it. The result surpassed utmost expectations, a success mainly due to her own personal efforts, and to the charm which she exercised over all. At the close of the Bazaar she was not only able to announce that she had realized the sum of 1 6,000 florins, but that she had also gained the conviction that the whole country supported her in her undertaking. In spite of the success of this Bazaar, the Princess was in later years opposed to a repetition of such an expedient, as she felt — what many do — that people
often come on such occasions for their own personal amusement rather than to aid the charity.
And also she felt that for some people attending a charity bazaar was a sort of entertainment. Isn`t it true nowadays?