Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Don't Really Hate Evangelists

Another piece about an issue I mull over with some frequency has been published by Action Online, the publication of the United Spinal Organization.

It's been six months since I last read this piece -- a quick glance over before submitting it to the editor -- and reading it today, it seems ... well, condescending and denigrating of those who choose to speak out about their faith. It wasn't written in that spirit, at least consciously, but the idea that faith can do more than change attitudes and emotions -- that faith can heal more than spirit -- is one difficult to understand from down here.

The piece ...

The Part that Kept Me from Screaming

By Gary Presley
“Why is it not God’s will that I am in this wheelchair?”

As a person assigned by fate to butt-surf through life, I found that a perfect question, especially when someone violates the social commandant, “Thou shalt not discuss sex, politics, or religion. Or disability.”


Tim Elhajj said...

Nice work, Gary. I didn't get the sense that it was "condescending and denigrating." Maybe a little irritated, but who wouldn't' be? Guys like you and me may have more obvious limitations, but it's not like anyone else is coming out perfect.

Middle-aged Diva said...

I didn't read it that way, either.