Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #16
Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?
Have you (or do you personally know someone who has) felt out-of-place or limited your involvement with an atheist community because of disability-related situations?
What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?
Your examples are EXclusive. How about, on a case by case basis, find out who will be there and arrange to have their needs met, without a blanket exclusionary policy? And recognize that some people’s needs just won’t be met under certain circumstances. My house has ramps, and I go out of my way to make people comfortable, but if your iron lung doesn’t fit through my door, sorry, that’s just too bad.
Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?
Please don’t restrict language. That’s a really bad road to go down. Nobody should expect freedom from being offended.
The above is response #16 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.
So let me get this straight: you are worried about “exclusionary” policy intended to include more people? Do you even know what an iron lung is? (And that only 30 people in the entire nation even use one?) Or are you just fretting about having to step outside of your able-bodied privilege for 5 seconds and realize that perhaps there’s a world of diverse experience that you’ve never even considered?
Also, while I respect your freedom to use whichever words you like, you likewise get to respect my freedom to kick you out of my group if you use a slur against any of the other members. Don’t like that? You also have the freedom to start a group for people who enjoy calling other people names.