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FLASH BLOG: AUTISM IS NOT A CRIME

Once again, there has been a horrible, violent crime committed by a person with mental illness. Once again, the media is focusing on a diagnosis of “Aspergers” or “Autism” as the reason for the crime.

We need to put a stop to this blaming of the autistic community for violence. Or even blaming mental illness for violence. Or blaming the therapists who work with the mentally ill.

If we want to blame someone, let’s start with lack of gun control laws. All countries have people with mental illness. Most industrialized countries do not have the degree of gun violence that we have.  Here are statistics from ABC news:

Country

Guns per 100

Total Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000

United States

88.8

10.2

Switzerland

45.7

3.84

Finland

45.3

3.64

Sweden

31.6

1.47

Norway

31.3

1.78

France

31.2

3

Canada

30.8

2.44

Austria

30.4

2.94

Iceland

30.3

1.25

Germany

30.3

1.1

New Zealand

22.6

2.66

Greece

22.5

1.5

Belgium

17.2

2.43

Luxembourg

15.3

1.81

Australia

15

1.04

South Africa

12.7

9.41

Turkey

12.5

0.72

Denmark

12

1.45

Malta

11.9

2.16

Italy

11.9

1.28

Spain

10.4

0.63

Ireland

8.6

1.03

Portugal

8.5

1.77

Israel

7.3

1.86

United Kingdom

6.2

0.25

Netherlands

3.9

0.46

Japan

0.6

0.06

 

It is time that we took a serious look at the relationship between violence and gun ownership in our culture.

We also need to recognize the stigmatizing of mental illness.  Every time “Aspergers” is blamed for violence, it makes it that much harder for people with the diagnosis to seek treatment.   Think how different our society would be if people felt as comfortable going to a therapist for mental illness as they do going to a physician for a physical ailment.

Our churches, too, need to become communities of welcome and support for people with mental illness; providing community of faith for those in despair.

AUTISM IS NOT A CRIME

Visit Gretchen Leary’s flash blog today, “Autism Is Not A Crime”

 

Autism is not a crime

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God’s PosAutivity!: Flashblog 2014

What can autistic clergy contribute to the world? Perhaps, most importantly, awareness of the diversity of God’s creation. God created people with autism, who grace the world with their own modes of expression that greatly enrich life on earth; and make it a bit more like life in heaven!

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