I read a post today from Posky at http://mattposky.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/achieving-social-repose-letting-others-have-a-gay-old-time/ that really struck a chord with me.
As the mother of a teenager/young adult with Autism I am all too aware of the many prejudices that are out there, floating about in the stratosphere, for no reason other than ignorance and the desire to judge others who hold different ways of being in this world.
I firmly believe that difference of any kind should never be allowed to go unchecked as an excuse to engage in acts of discrimination and hate.
Posky’s approach to the levels of discrimination and hatred that many in the gay community face is one that not only shows the lunacy of acting out of hatred but also provides a platform that indicates the many personal benefits to be found in engaging each other from a place of acceptance.
I think his words on this matter translate just as effectively to those with Autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral Palsy or who experience any form of difference within our communities.
Here’s what Polsky has to say…
“Listen, it’s just easier to get through your day without hating people.
I can promise you that your own life will be richer if you stop worrying and just try to be cool with everyone.
You don’t have to go out and befriend anyone you don’t want to,
You don’t have to suddenly become an LGBT ally,
And you certainly don’t have to change your own lifestyle.
You don’t even have to change your opinion on homosexuality being a choice or not,
Because none of this gay stuff has anything to do with your life,
This is about other people.
You’re not in danger,
Your children aren’t in danger and your personal faith isn’t in danger.
You don’t have to be scared or angry about this.
There are a lot of other better things to be upset about, here is a short list:
-Not dealing with your own problems
-Drug addicted babies
Life is a struggle for all of us and the absolute least we can do is attempt to make it a little more bearable for each other.
Do yourself a service and take in the world as you see it,
Not as someone else has taught you to.
I am betting that, after a little practice, you’ll not only see things differently but more completely too.”
I completely agree with these sentiments and would add that, on the whole, people with Autism, like those in the gay community, are far from being either the biggest dangers or the largest economic drains in our society.
One really does have to question where all this hatred is coming from in the first place.
Is it based in religion?
I know much of the hatred that gay people face is indeed grounded in religious doctrine but what about Autism?
A brief history lesson reveals that the initial shunning and demonization of those with conditions such as Autism also sprang from the barren ground of an unforgiving religious belief that those who were ‘mentally affected’ were possessed by the devil.
Isn’t it time to put away such childish notions?
Hasn’t science shown us enough now to persuade even the most zealous of believers that these concepts have simply never been true?
They were born out of ignorance and superstition.
So why on earth are they being carried on today as if they held any rational meaning what so ever?
Just why is it that people who are said to have so much belief in a benevolent God seek to judge, condemn and harm others in such a fundamentally flawed way?
What is it exactly that they fear they will lose if they open their hearts to acceptance instead of hatred?
A seat in heaven?
Well I’d have to say, going by the amount of transgressions that take place on a daily basis, such as lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, jealousy, envy and greed, that gaining a place in heaven along side a God who is apparently unable to forgive even the smallest of sins, would be a long shot, even for the best of us.
On the other hand, if you want or need to believe in a God who is merciful and filled with compassion, then how about you start emulating those characteristics yourself.
After all, I’m pretty sure that somewhere along the way, it is also a fundamental doctrine within religion to ‘treat others as you would be treated yourself’.
So why not start today?