Don’t watch this video unless you are prepared to hear the most vile idiocy you’ve ever heard.
In the beginning of this video, the ignorant host calls autism an incurable illness. Autism is not an illness. The word “cure” doesn’t apply to it at all, and to attempt to apply it makes no sense. It’s not just religious fundamentalists who think this way about autism. It’s many people, especially parents who won’t accept their child unless he or she is exactly what they want him or her to be. This is bigotry.
I suppose I can understand a parent’s distress to a point. When you find out your child will not be like other children and will have a hard life, you wish things could be different. You wonder why it happened to you, and you wish you could make things easier for your child, but the answer is not to change him/her. The attempt will only make things worse. Once the initial shock wears off, your resolve, as a good and responsible parent, should be to accept your child and to get to know him/her just as you would if he/she was whatever you wanted him/her to be. You don’t decide who other people are.
The video is a religious program, so it’s possible that this is all staged. None of the events in it may have happened, so take heart in that possibility. Around 7 minutes in, the lady says something interesting. Most of the christians she knew were sad and disappointed in their lives. She might be saying this to contrast the churches she had gone to with the organization that “healed” her son, but it says something about christianity if people agree with it. I’ve heard christians claim that there seemed to be something wrong with every atheist they’ve ever met, so to hear a christian say that other christians had issues like this is very interesting. She’s not claiming that christianity will make one’s life perfect. She’s not trying to convert people to christianity because the audience is already christian. She’s trying to sell the services of the “deliverance program” or whatever it is. She says Yahweh (or God as she calls him) called for her to go there. That’s what the people in the program who called her said, so it must be true, right? Yahweh wouldn’t lie.
Note also that she did not say that the “deliverance session” was free. If it was, she would have said so because that would have been a big selling point. It’s not, so she has to really play up the miracle angle. She needs for the audience to believe that a miracle happened. Also note that in the beginning of the video, the host mentions that the doctor who verified that the child had been cured and that it was a miracle was Jewish. The doctor was Jewish because if he isn’t a christian, that means that his claim that it was a miracle carries extra weight because he isn’t supposed to believe in christian miracles. It’s also supposed to imply impartiality on the doctor’s part.
The mother says her son was described as a monster. When the host asked her what the cure rate is, she says there is no cure (which is true) and that there is no hope. No hope. You have to just live with a monster. Lady, that is a child. He’s a human being, not a monster. Autism is, what SHE would call, a pandemic. She says this with no medical background whatsoever and certainly no knowledge of autism. Heck, she doesn’t even know what a pandemic is.
The guy with a stethoscope and lab coat who they claim is a Jewish doctor, who doesn’t look very Jewish to me but what do I know, says that the boy was out of control and would end up having to be institutionalized. He has an interesting pattern of prefacing a lot of his statements with “I gotta tell ya”. He does this when he states opinions, not facts, and the preface is meant to make him seem more honest, like he’s leveling with us. There are also some jump cuts in there, and there’s no telling what was said in that footage. It didn’t support the case for the boy being beyond the help of medical science, so it was unimportant for the show.
The deliverace session was basically an exorcism. The woman claims that the boy, who was almost totally nonverbal, reached back and yelled “Come back!” to whatever demon was leaving him. Riiiiiight. Also of note is the fact that the video is periodically interrupted by advertisements. At about 12 minutes and 45 seconds in, there is one for a book written by the supposed mother. This is the what it’s all about. Everything this lady is saying is a lie meant to dupe a gullible audience into buying her book. What audience could be more gullible than a religious audience? None. They even promise miracles to those who read it. Wow. Buy this book and magic will happen. They’ve turned autism into a gimmick so they could trick gullible fools into buying magic beans.