Now I know how Mom felt when I was 15; I’m stunned speechless. But, because a former Scientologist saw the Tide Pod Challenge (DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THAT, BY THE WAY) and said, “Hold my beer,” I don’t have that option anymore.
Apparently, some desperate parents out there have decided that The Great Schism of Autism is not worth resolving. This, dear readers, is why we cannot have nice things.
*sigh* Introducing… the new “PSA” category for The Aspie Dialogues blog posts.
I’ll cut to the end and show how I got there. Here goes…
PLEASE! DO NOT… I REPEAT…. DO NOT FORCE YOUR NEURODIVERSE CHILD TO CONSUME BLEACH AS A “MIRACLE CURE FOR AUTISM.”
You think I’m making this up. I can see the looks on your faces.
Jon, that’s horrifying! Who would ever…
Oh. Wow. I… Wow.
Even IFLScience picked up the story:
I know IFLScience isn’t exactly the most credible source on the internet, but when they pick up a story like this, I listen.
Dear lord! There’s even one of those, too?!
I’m afraid it’s that much of a problem in the community. Just read this excerpt from the Autism Wikia page:
Parents are urged not to use bleach on their children. Autism is better than death. As autism is lifelong, and parents should instead focus on therapies that will help their individual child grow into a happy, healthy autistic adult.
Let me highlight the most important sentence of that paragraph for you, in case you need to save it for later:
Autism is better than death.
One more time:
AUTISM IS BETTER THAN DEATH.
I used to think this was common sense, but apparently, the internet applies its logic wherever and whenever it wants.
So, thank you, Church of Scientology. It wasn’t enough you had to blur the lines between religion and hoax, now it seems you’ve moved onto more relevant lines to blur. Lines like health, science, and hoax should never be blurred. EVER. This is how we end up in situations like The Great Schism of Autism, in the first place.
When a Wikia page feels the to clarify that any atypical condition of life is better than death, that’s a huge problem. It’s one that requires our immediate attention to rectify NOW.
So, hold MY beer before I throw it at the next NT I see within range.
OH! And in case I didn’t make myself clear before, stop giving your kids bleach drinks and enemas. Kthxbye!
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