Cold-hearted “Mother” To Mom With Autistic Son: “Move or Euthanize Him”

In Canada, a woman named Karla Begley received the most hateful letter anyone could receive from a neighbor. It implored her move or euthanize her autistic son Max. Is it time to euthanize autistic kids? Is not every life of value in God’s eyes?

Max Begley is 13 years old. The only difference between Max and other kids is that he’s autistic. But he is special and God created him for a purpose. His life has value, as much value as any other life.

Karla Begley
Karla Begley

His mother Karla received a letter from her neighbor telling her to move out of the neighborhood or euthanize her autistic son Max. The letter is obscene and appalling. The idea that someone would see so little value in the life of a special needs child is more than callous. Is Max’s life no more valuable than an animal’s? Actually a sick dog would get more sympathy.

Thank goodness the letter caught the attention of Begley family friends in the United States. They tweeted it out, so the story has no doubt spread across the globe by now.

The letter demeaned Max as “retarded.” And the letter went on to say that “I also live in this neighborhood and have a problem. You selfishly put your kid outside every day and let him be a nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes!!!”

Max Begley did not ask to be born autistic. He had no choice in the matter. God created him, and he was born this way. The worst part of this is that the neighbor who wrote the letter cannot appreciate the hardships that the Begley’s must face in trying to work through Max’s debilitating condition. They must have no empathy or feeling for how hard it must be for Karla Begley to watch her son suffer every day, knowing there is nothing she can do to make him normal. It is out of her hands.

Suffering is a part of the human condition. Sadly, many people become immune to suffering or simply don’t care if it doesn’t effect them. In this case, obviously the neighbor who wrote this letter doesn’t care about Max as a person, or his family. Max is an annoyance, so he must be snuffed out. His life has so little value to the person who wrote this letter and he or she cared so little about how how this would devastate Max’s family, that the person sent the letter out without a crisis of conscience.

The worst part of all is that this is not considered a hate crime. It should be, but it isn’t. If any incident should be considered a hate crime, this would fit the bill.

Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide sends vulnerable people the message that some lives are not worth living.On August 20 the Durham Police stated that this letter did not represent a hate crime.

I suppose if Max announced he engaged in homosexual behavior and received a hate letter like this, it would be considered a hate crime. It all depends on semantics. Everything anti-homosexual is a hate crime today, but not a letter asking a parent to euthanize their autistic son? This is the height of disgrace. No wonder abortion on demand is so popular today. There is no value in life. Poor Max Begley’s family knows the value of life. They see it every day in their precious son Max, who lives because his Creator deemed it so.

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