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Monday, December 11, 2006

The Sweet Taste of Genocide

It's now an official fact—there is a new battlefield in the United States. The crows and buzzards are circling, and the jackals are licking their chops. I am referring, of course, to the passage of the Combating Autism Act.

This is not the first time in our history that the government has effectively declared war on a minority of its citizens (the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two comes to mind) but it is unquestionably the first time that the propaganda has been so effective, so horrific in its family-destroying effects, that many members of a targeted genetic minority group have been persuaded to cooperate enthusiastically with a scheme for eugenic extermination of their children.

"Families Cheer as Autism Bill Passes," reports Newsweek magazine:


The article contains this charming quote:

"It's a very sweet moment," says Jon Shestack, cofounder of Cure Autism Now and father to Dov, 14. "This is drafted by parents, it's driven by families and parents. It's not corporate lobbyists. It's really the power of the people to influence their representatives. So from that point of view, just to know that if you're an American who has a good cause and a lot of tenacity, you can get something done."

Well, I'd put it a bit differently... If you're a rich American who has ridiculously medieval prejudices about autistic people being soulless empty shells and so forth, and you're surrounded by a sick crowd of wannabe child murderers who are constantly reinforcing your repulsive attitudes, and your allies include influential media executives who have no qualms about abusing their corporate position to spread those hateful prejudices far and wide (like a broadcast spreader with a full load of bovine organic fertilizer), you can brag about how successfully you've put us on the brink of the largest genocide ever committed.

But let's talk for a moment about the power of the people. Kathleen Seidel has a post on the Neurodiversity Weblog about how to send comments to the US government regarding the use of the budgeted money. Those funds are not automatically designated for eugenics research; if we make enough noise, we may be able to divert at least some of the money to positive uses. So get busy writing comments, people! And if there's anyone on our side who has experience writing grant proposals, maybe we can get our hands on some of the autism awareness money and use it for pro-neurodiversity ads.

It's not yet time to despair; it's time to strategize.



  • Sorry Madam, but curing you is not genocide.

    By Blogger John Best, at 2:13 PM  

  • Why genocide? Isn't this positive break through? What am I missing?

    By Blogger Maddy, at 2:31 PM  

  • Damn, that site needs to be studied carefully. You can bet the vultures of autistic monies wrote it to include themselves. Why not get in at the trough? It'd piss 'em off if one of us "slipped through"...they've pretty much decided how they're going to divide the spoils by now, I'd imagine...

    Cynical bitch, ain't I??

    By Blogger Usethebrains Godgiveyou, at 3:01 PM  

  • Fore Sam and McEwen: This article makes it clear that autism genetic research, although described to the public as a search for a "cure," is in fact being used to develop a prenatal test to be used for purposes of abortion.

    Rose: I'd say you're realistic... but then, I'm a cynical bitch myself. I hope you will study that site carefully and submit a proposal, and please let me know what happens if you do!

    Joseph: Yes, educational therapy sounds like a good buzzword to put into a grant proposal.

    By Blogger abfh, at 4:06 PM  

  • Some people just never learn, do they?

    History: Those who dont learn from it, bound to repeat it. And this isn't even OLD history. Gah.

    *wishes she were capable of following pages of directions well*

    By Blogger Neurodivergent K, at 4:23 PM  

  • Kassiane, if you are talking about sending an email to the NIMH about how they are going to spent their money on autism, there's a bunch of suggestions for how to make your letter/email more formal, easier for them to digest... basically a format that they can read most easily.

    BUT if you just put your ideas down about autism research and send it to the address, it will probably get to the same people.

    Writing it up formally might make a bigger impression, but writing informally is better than not writing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:33 PM  

  • Arrgghh. I just watched X-men United the other night for the first time. I thought of this immediately. :-(

    By Blogger Attila the Mom, at 11:00 PM  

  • Yeah, I was talking about sending the email to the NIMH.

    I can't digest kathleen's very thourough instructions. Too many of them. Task overload and all that. More than one page (and printed out it's like 5, and I can't even tell for sure where the INSTRUCTIONS begin, it's that overwhelming) and my brain stops functioning effectively.

    The NIMH should have asked us in the first place anyway. They arent COLLECTING bits of scientist

    By Blogger Neurodivergent K, at 3:22 AM  

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