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Whispers from Heaven

Banned for Being Autistic
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By Carol Einarsson | 06/06/2008
Category: Whispers from Heaven

Several months ago when FOX SupPORTS announced their joining with Autism Speaks to raise money for research and awareness, I remember feeling proud to be a viewer of a network that has stepped out to help an organization that is near and dear to so many. There are well-known cases of autism in the NASCAR world, from Hermie Sadler's daughter to Jamie McMurray's niece. But there are many other NASCAR (and non-NASCAR)families quietly affected by this condition that medicine so far has no answer for.

I have to confess that when I used to see the puzzle pieces, and I'd hear about Elliott's niece, I'd feel a certain amount of sympathy, but that's where it ended. It wasn't until a friend of mine confided that his son had been diagnosed that I really felt the impact of this on families and parents. It was that conversation that moved me to get involved. It might be a small thing that I can do, but I contacted Autism Speaks and signed a contract giving me permission to use their logo on my website.

I don't know how many people have clicked on that blue puzzle piece over there and taken the five minutes to donate, but if you haven't, I ask that you consider it. And in case you don't yet care enough about it to donate, let me share with you a story from today's news...

It seems The Church of St. Joseph, a Catholic church in Bertha, Minnesota has banned 13 year old Adam Race from attending services because he is autistic. The leadership at the church feels he's disruptive and could be a danger to people, so he's not allowed to come before his Lord in his family's house of worship. He's been banned for having autism. I don't want to pass judgment, but I can't begin to imagine what God must think of that.

When his mother dared to take him to church with her on Mother's Day, she was subsequently ticketed for violating the restraining order. Carol Race goes to a pre-trial settlement hearing on July 14th, and will be petitioning the court for her son's freedom to attend church.

I used to think autism didn't affect me, but now I see differently. Autism affects us all when the intolerance of society has reached the point of closing the church doors to an afflicted child. Apathy is contagious, and the only cure is involvement.

I'm sure Carol and Adam Race would appreciate our prayers. And if you're moved to donate, just click that blue puzzle piece in the left column.

"Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand."
- Bodie Thoene



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