"All autistic kids are atheists and atheism is a form of autism"

Apr 23, 2013 Full story: Examiner.com 25

That's the opinion of Fehmi Kaya, head of the Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children in Adana, Turkey.

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“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1 Apr 24, 2013
Well clearly the education system in Turkey is a turkey.

I don't know a lot about it, but my nephew is autistic, and I know that autistic people are hard to snow, they are very literal and not prone to believe in the imaginary. A god holds no more sway than does the tooth fairy, for my nephew at least.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#2 Apr 24, 2013
And that's not a bad thing.
here

Apo, AE

#3 Apr 24, 2013
Wow.... That's awesome...
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#4 Apr 24, 2013
Quote,“Autistic children do not know believing in God because they do not have a section of faith in their brains,” Kaya said, according to daily Milliyet.

Kaya said the underdevelopment of faith sections in the brain caused autistic children to not believe in God.

“That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is needed to create awareness in these children through methods of therapy.”
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'Methods of therapy'?

Some people wonder if religious beliefs might reasonably be described as a kind of mental disability. Perhaps they would benefit from 'methods of therapy'?
Amused

Bridgewater, MA

#7 Apr 25, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
Well clearly the education system in Turkey is a turkey.
I don't know a lot about it, but my nephew is autistic, and I know that autistic people are hard to snow, they are very literal and not prone to believe in the imaginary. A god holds no more sway than does the tooth fairy, for my nephew at least.
If you meet one person with autism, you've met one person with autism. Autism is not a single diagnosis, it is a spectrum. People at different points on the spectrum present with very different levels of functioning, ranging from people at one end of the spectrum who are essentially non-communicative and who in all probability will never live independently all the way to high functioning people who are able to attend college, and live quite independent lives.

Even people at the same place on the spectrum may present quite differently. All the diagnostic criteria have list of observable traits, following language saying "Shows at least x of the following characteristics". Some have more of the traits than others, and two people can have the same diagnosis without sharing any common traits. In some cases, clinicians disagree on which traits should or should not be included on the lists. There are three or four different versions of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's, for instance. One set includes language delay as a criteria. Another set says language delay rules out Aspergers.

In any event, people with autism are all different. There are studies that suggest that people with one form of autism, Asperger's syndrome, are more likely to be atheist or agnostic than the general population. To me, that's a feature, not a bug.

And, yes, I am most likely an Aspie. Very few pediatricians had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when I was a child, but I fit the criteria, and have a child with a diagnosis.(Asperger's seems to run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component.) However, I think my atheism is more a product of reason and reflection than any deficit in the ability to form religious ideas.
Graham

South Africa

#8 Apr 25, 2013
All you guys are Ignorant
Thinking

Blandford Forum, UK

#11 Apr 26, 2013
Apropos nothing at all... GWB was leaning really heavily on the UK to get Turkey into the EU. Then, in 2003, Turkey wouldn't allow US and UK planes to overfly them in their quest to stop Iraq trading oil in Euros.

At that point, the US stopped pressuring the UK to get Turkey into the EU.
el salvador

Istanbul, Turkey

#12 Apr 26, 2013
Thinking wrote:
At that point, the US stopped pressuring the UK to get Turkey into the EU.
they played the wrong horse hehehehe thanks to them we are not in a sinking ship.
Thinking

Blandford Forum, UK

#13 Apr 26, 2013
Some mentals believe the ark to be in Turkey.
el salvador wrote:
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they played the wrong horse hehehehe thanks to them we are not in a sinking ship.
el salvador

Istanbul, Turkey

#14 Apr 26, 2013
is it a allusion?
Thinking wrote:
Some mentals believe the ark to be in Turkey.
<quoted text>
Amused

Amesbury, MA

#15 Apr 29, 2013
el salvador wrote:
is it a allusion?
<quoted text>
No, it is a delusion.
Andre

Durban, South Africa

#16 May 19, 2013
EdSed wrote:
Quote,
Some people wonder if religious beliefs might reasonably be described as a kind of mental disability. Perhaps they would benefit from 'methods of therapy'?
Considering the number of highly intelligent people from various religions, it would seem somewhat illogical to describe such beliefs as a mental disability.
To the contrary, believing in something that has never been observed, and is statistically impossible,may suggest something else than logic playing a role in his/her convictions.
.
Thinking

Sturminster Newton, UK

#17 May 19, 2013
How ignorant of you to capitalise ignorant.
Graham wrote:
All you guys are Ignorant
Armen

Los Angeles, CA

#18 May 20, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Some mentals believe the ark to be in Turkey.
<quoted text>
Yes they really are mental, because the ark is in Armenia, not Turkey.

Turkish terrorists are only occupying it for now, and they are all Autistic.
Thinking

Sturminster Newton, UK

#19 May 21, 2013
I bet you haven't even visited Austista.
Armen wrote:
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Yes they really are mental, because the ark is in Armenia, not Turkey.
Turkish terrorists are only occupying it for now, and they are all Autistic.
CRN

Turkey

#20 May 21, 2013
reluctance to promote any legend can not be called atheism,

it is simply reluctance.

Since: Jun 07

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#21 May 23, 2013
Andre wrote:
<quoted text>Considering the number of highly intelligent people from various religions, it would seem somewhat illogical to describe such beliefs as a mental disability.
To the contrary, believing in something that has never been observed, and is statistically impossible,may suggest something else than logic playing a role in his/her convictions.
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People can be both mentally ill and intelligent. It is not mutually exclusive.

Even though on the whole it is proven that nonreligious people are smarter.

Since: Jun 07

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#22 May 23, 2013
Andre wrote:
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To the contrary, believing in something that has never been observed, and is statistically impossible,may suggest something else than logic playing a role in his/her convictions.
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The opposite of logic is illogic, so yes, it is a mental illness.
Lincoln

United States

#23 Jun 13, 2013
here wrote:
Wow.... That's awesome...
In the News
A humanist organization sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Greenville County elementary school because of where they had their fifth-grade graduation and what was said during the ceremony.
According to the American Humanist Association, the graduation ceremony .........included two prayers.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/22574185/pra...
Thinking

Sidmouth, UK

#24 Jun 13, 2013
Do you have a link to this story from a reputable source?

I see your Murdoch is on his 3rd divorce. What an unreliable person he is.
Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>
In the News
A humanist organization sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Greenville County elementary school because of where they had their fifth-grade graduation and what was said during the ceremony.
According to the American Humanist Association, the graduation ceremony .........included two prayers.
http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/22574185/pra...

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