What an absolute load of shite.
I mean, seriously:
“They need to develop feelings and learn to form empathy with others. They need to understand why normal people do what they do. As a result of that, they would need to understand that there is a creator, to whom the people pray to and believe in; and they need to understand and internalize that. That way a section of faith can be formed in their brains,” Kaya was quoted as saying.”
“We cannot expect a child who cannot recognize a picture to recognize God. We need to help the autistic child recognize objects through therapy by targeting areas of senses in the brain,” Kaya said.”
Fehmi Kaya can go fuck himself. Seriously. I’m not even going to bother being polite about this utter nonsense, this guy can just go shove something exceedingly sharp up his rectum, and deal with that.
The forced indoctrination of children, the assumption that atheism isn’t “normal” and that theism is “normal”, the stupidity of the entire claim, the failure to recognise Autism as a *spectrum* rather than a catch-all (for instance stating that an autistic person couldn’t recognise a picture? Fuck off.)
No, this person is idiotic, wrong, and just enforcing stereotypes not only of Atheism but of Autism, which is just going to lead to further issues.
How about instead of forcing people to “gain faith” this guy could focus on providing evidence for his asinine claims (and that includes the god hypothesis).
Just-in: a head of health and education associations for children in Turkey thinks that atheist children are all autistic.
We know what he’s really trying to say “Atheists are stupid and just don’t understand the world enough, otherwise they would believe in God”, both equating secular morality and autism with lack of intelligence.
“I meant that they were disabled, in a way, like a hearing disability, because they are not aware of why people believe. I did not say that all autistic people are atheists,” Kaya said, adding that faith would “normally” exist in kids.
There are children strong and smart enough to wait for evidence rather than blindly accepting what they are told. And they are being treated as if they are defunct or ill. This man knows absolutely nothing about autism, either, as he’s using it as synonymous for ignorance.
It’s just… *sigh* really disgusting.