I found this blog post on one of the blogs I follow and I cannot tell you how much it repulsed me. I’ll let you read it first before I comment any further.
This is where I found it.
Legislator: Disabled kids are God’s punishment
Capital News Service
RICHMOND — State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.
He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
Marshall was among more than 20 people, mostly Christian pastors and clergy, who gathered for the press conference in the General Assembly Building.-
So, first of all his comments are rude, offensive and ignorant. I do not know after abortion birth statistics, so maybe more children born after the mother has had an abortion are disabled, but I don’t know.
That aside I do know that disabled children are not a punishment. Some of the sweetest, interesting and most caring children I have met are disabled. I know that education and religion are supposed to be kept separate, but this blog brings them together so I feel like it is alright to dive a little deeper into it.
I am not a Bible expert, but I am not aware of any place in the Bible that says disabled children are designed as a punishment. I am personally not for abortion, I figure you have sex be ready for any of the consequences, that being said I don’t support the government making that decision for anyone. I also know that the God I know would not bring a disabled child into anyone’s life as a punishment.
One of the mother’s I know who has a disabled child once said to me, ” I think God gave him to our family because Alex* needed a home and God knew we could handle him and love him just as any child needs to be loved.” I also know teachers who really value the presence of a special needs child in their classroom because of how much that child teaches the other children.
Maybe Bob Marshall should reread the Bible and then actually spend time with some of the ‘punishment children’ he is so ignorantly speaking about.
*Child’s name has been changed