Today is already a crap day and I’m not even at work yet :(
Last week, Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year Autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother. After failing to kill him with sleeping pills, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated and motivated entirely by Alex’s disability.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns unequivocally and without qualification the murder of Alex Spourdalakis and calls on the United States Department of Justice to prosecute his murder under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. The law allows the federal government to prosecute as a hate crime acts of violence when “the crime was committed because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person.” Alex’s murder clearly fits within the intent and purpose of that law.
Many in the media have attempted to excuse Alex’s murder or sympathize with his killers, citing the challenges of his disability and the need to improve the quality and availability of service-provision. Such justifications are not unusual in the aftermath of such atrocities and they remain as inappropriate as ever. Alex Spourdalakis’ murder is the latest in a long strand of similar killings by family members and caregivers. His death is not about services, nor is it about the difficulties associated with his disability. Prior to murdering him, Alex’s mother was offered and refused services from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In truth, Alex’s murder is about a reprehensible and repulsive ideology all too common within our society that preaches that it is better to be dead than disabled. As long as our society treats the lives of disabled people as worth less than those of the general population, more disabled children and adults will be subject to acts of violence and murder. As a result, we call for the prosecution of Alex’s killers to the fullest extent of the law.
Whenever anyone argues against marriage equality because of their religious views as a Christian I just want to hit them over the head repeatedly with a Bible whilst yelling
ADULTERY ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
LYING ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
DIVORCE ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
DISRESPECTING YOUR PARENTS ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
WORKING ON THE SABBATH ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
WORSHIPPING OTHER GODS ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
THE LAW DOES NOT FOLLOW THE BIBLE!!!!!
I’m a Christian and I approve this message.
Some ignorant asshole left this note on my sisters car today!! My sister was parked in a handicap spot WITH her handicap sticker on the mirror and some jerk has the nerve to write this note to her! My sister has Cystic Fibrosis, a condition which attacks the lungs. She is very sick but you cannot tell just by looking at her. She cannot breathe when walking in this heat! So screw you ignorant jerk!!! I hate you!! Please share this with whoever you can! Thank you!
Fuck people who do this. I’ve been harassed in person before for using my handicap placard, and the woman made me cry. No apologies. She just drove away.
THIS INFURIATES ME.
I FUCKING HATE PEOPLE SOMETIMES.
Makes me so mad.
I’m about to kill someone
One time my uncle parked in a handicapped spot and started to get out of the car, and some lady came up and started yelling at him. She said a bunch of rude stuff about him not being handicapped, so he pulled up his pant leg and took off his prosthetic leg without a word.
Do they expect people to fall out of the car and crawl along the floor or something? Not every disability is visible!
My mother had polio as an infant, leading to a twisted spine and deformed leg. She could walk with only a cane until recently, but with difficulty and only short distances. She physically needed that handicapped space she had a handicapped license for, just to get from that nearby parking space to the store’s electric cart so she could shop.
But apparently many people are too ignorant and lazy to notice the license plates with the handicap marker on them, because I remember many times growing up returning to our car to find similar notes stuck under the windshield.
The fact that ANYONE thinks they have a right to police who is disabled enough or in the “correct” way to use handicap spaces in parking lots is beyond annoying :(