A sociologist in Turkey has sparked a major controversy by claiming, with no evidence at all, that autistic people are all atheists because they “lack of a section for faith in their brains.” A meaner person might suggest that this “expert” lacks a section for the brain in their brain.
Autism associations around Turkey have reacted angrily after the head of Adana’s Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children reportedly said autistic children were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.”
“Autistic children do not know how to believe in God because they do not have a section for faith in their brains,” sociologist Fehmi Kaya reportedly said. “That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is necessary to create awareness [or religion] in these children through methods of therapy.”
He also reportedly said atheism was a form of autism.
Kaya also said they would turn autistic children into believers through sessions that would be offered for free at therapy centers in the future.
The sessions, which have been confirmed by the Culture Houses of Adana’s Yüreğir Municipality, are set to start in June and will be able to serve over 30 children. The same houses will also offer further therapy sessions for children with disabilities.
When asked whether or not the houses aimed at turning autistic children into believers, a Culture House official confirmed the matter, but Kaya denied such objectives.
“Every child understands when you tell him or her to fear God, but an autistic child will not,” Kaya told the Daily News. “Once he starts to develop normally, belief will come in time. We do not have the idea of creating a section for faith in their brains.”
This is why we need a strong separation of religion and medicine.