More ableism in the skeptic world

Just wanted to call your attention to this post criticizing a thread on the Atheism Plus forums, and my comments. Please note how “skepdigger” chooses to ignore information that is contrary to his snarky opinions. Does that sound like good skepticism, or does it sound more like the people at whom he hurls snark?

http://skepdirt.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/atheism-plussers-help-with-connecticut-shooting-victims-almost/

In response to my tweet about this:

I don’t care about the sniping back and forth between A+ and its detractors. I do find it interesting how neither side displays anything close to good skepticism. And I am as always shocked but not surprised at an attack on a chronically ill and/or disabled woman from a soi-disant skeptic. I’ll definitely have more to say about this in an upcoming post.

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3 Responses to More ableism in the skeptic world

  1. I have secondhand embarrassment from reading this post, and your comments.

    As someone who’s severely disabled, and not with a functional somatic disorder that requires 24/7 coddling, I despair.

    I have to shit in diapers, but I still have infinitely more dignity than the special snowflake, medicine rejecting, societal dropouts with their self-imposed symptoms.

    Sickens me to think of Spoon Theory, written by and for someone with severe, life limiting and life-threatening, but invisible diseases, hijacked by the self-obsessed somatiser coalition.

    I’d try anything to be normal, to not be in agony, to not die before my 30s are out. But that’s because my illness arrived on its own and is an unwelcome visitor, not something I use to satisfy some craving to be different, special, waited on. Except when there’s something fun to do, of course.

    I’d say bring on the psych treatments, exercise therapy, CBT, ANYTHING, whatever will make me able to sit up unaided or use a toilet again.

    Like I said, that’s the difference. I want to be well, to not be dying.

    • Lynn Gilderdale and Sophia Mirza: two people whose ME was all in their head.

      http://blogs.suntimes.com/foreignc/2012/02/life-in-the-shadows.html

      Those of us who are able to do more are incredibly lucky. It’s not my concern whether others remember and appreciate that every day; I, however, do.

      The Spoon Theory was written by Christine Miserando, who has lupus: another “functional” disabling illness.

      I’m genuinely sorry to see that your anger has turned your view of disability into a binary function: either you ARE or you AREN’T, according to you. I would suggest that you learn more about ME/CFS, especially what the current biomedical research has uncovered; however, I suspect you’ll be too busy celebrating the knighthood of Simon Wessely.

  2. WorldWithoutJazz

    @Jazzhands, I would think that living with a life ending illness would draw compassion out of a one so afflicted. On the plus side, sounds like your vile bitterness and ignorance will not be affecting the world too much longer.