In 2008, there are many places within the community where autistic people are not welcome. I know this. I'm used to the idea, and often speak about the problems created by our society's disgraceful "insistence on sameness." Behaviors that are different, unexpected, outside the norm, have been used as excuses to remove autistics from stores, airplanes, playgrounds, just about any place you can name.
Somehow, though, this one took me by surprise. The family of 13 year old Adam Race has been ordered not to return to their Minnesota church. Served with a restraining order after attending mass on Mother's Day, and threatened with arrest this morning, the Races found it necessary to attend a different church.
What are they teaching at the Church of St. Joseph? Whom or what do they worship there? Church officials claim the young man's behavior is disruptive and frightens the other parishioners. I have to ask...somebody has to...what would Jesus do?