Now it's become apparent that Carley had a significant personal financial interest in sucking up to Autism Speaks and that I was, in fact, the naive one for giving Carley the benefit of the doubt as to his motives. In a promotional e-mail recently sent to GRASP members, Carley announced that he has written a book that is due to be released in a few weeks. He bragged about his "unbelievable advance reviews," profusely thanked the professionals who wrote them, and provided a link to these reviews on Amazon.com. While reading through them, I noticed this endorsement:
"Michael John Carley is an articulate and passionate advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. His engaging book offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Aspergers and their loved ones."
--Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks
Evidently, not only did Carley willingly accept this "unbelievable" endorsement—he was very pleased to get it. No doubt Autism Speaks will be of great help to him in marketing his book to the curebies. It looks like he's getting repaid quite handsomely for writing that article two years ago.
By way of contrast, I'm reminded of a brief exchange that occurred in the last Democratic presidential debate, on the subject of what to do with endorsements received from anti-Semites and other bigots. Barack Obama said that he denounced the bigotry. Hillary Clinton argued that she went farther by rejecting the endorsement. In response to that, Obama told Clinton that he didn't see much of a difference between those words and that if she thought there was, he would both reject and denounce.
That's what an ethical person would do if he got endorsed by haters who openly admit that they seek to eradicate a minority group. That's what anyone with a shred of decency would do.
But I suspect we'll all be snowboarding in hell before we see Carley reject and denounce Roithmayr's endorsement.