In the second installment in a series about autism and religion, an autistic minister looks at what the Christian Bible is and is not and how the Bible can be misused to cause harm.
Literalism and the extreme amount of rules in religion can make the experience traumatic for autistic children. Parents need to think of their children’s neurotype in how the family approaches faith.
A minister expresses their relationship with working with Neurodivergent people and states that they have been sold a lie that says people have to hide who they are to be loved by the Divine.
It is those who seize power and control via their continued privileges who often become the spokespeople of a given minority group. Call-out culture needs to be called out because it has become a tool of oppressors.
Regardless of your political alignment, there is the truth that no human is an island: We need one another. We need the skills, thoughts, labor, and resources of other people to survive. It is the backbone of what makes us human.
The world right now is uncertain, but the truth is that the world has always been uncertain. Our ability to cope with whatever life brings is centered in our own ability to engage in measured and healthy ways.
Autistic people are no strangers to feelings of unrest, uncertainty, and emotional overwhelm. Now that the neurotypical coping mechanisms are inaccessible to them, our behaviors are similar.