Autism Speaks' Poisonous Ideas
This time, it's two board members of Autism Speaks, Harry and Laura Slatkin, who turn the pity-party spotlight on their twisted fantasies of putting their autistic child out of their misery. There is an obvious and chilling similarity between their interview and the language used by Alison Tepper Singer, the senior vice-president of Autism Speaks, who said in the widely publicized Autism Every Day video in May that she had thought about driving off a bridge with her autistic child in the car. The producer of that video also claimed that all autism parents had such thoughts.
I can reach only one conclusion: the Autism Speaks crowd is so deluded, so full of hate and self-pity and God only knows what else, that they actually believe it is normal to construct detailed scenarios of child murder in one's mind and to talk about them in front of an audience. The implications of such a warped mindset are truly frightening. I'm reminded of a tragedy that occurred 28 years ago in Jonestown, Guyana, where the followers of an apocalyptic religious cult spoke many times about killing themselves and their children. On several occasions, they rehearsed how they would poison their children. When their leader gave the order for a mass suicide, these cultists obediently gave cyanide-laced Kool-Aid to their children and then killed themselves.
Unlike the Jonestown cultists, however, the mere prospect of murdering their own children or grandchildren isn't nearly enough to satisfy the bloodlust of Autism Speaks' leaders. Their avowed intention is to create a world where autism is a word for the history books, where every autistic child, without exception, has been exterminated through prenatal testing and eugenic abortion. Their propaganda is carefully crafted to portray all autistics as hideous beasts for whom death would be a mercy.
This is what I have to say to anyone who has donated to, or otherwise supported, Autism Speaks in the misguided belief that it was a contribution to a good cause:
Don't drink the Kool-Aid.
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