Persons With mental Disabilities, Biblical Creationism & the R-Word


Recently, I came across a comment on a Creationist group I help moderate and someone used the term “evotard.” My blood boiled.

What this well-meaning fellow had done was mimic evolutionists who use terms like IDiots [combining Intelligent Design and idiot] and Creatard [combining Creationist and retard]. I don’t know who coined the anti-evolutionist variant and I don’t care. The Bible says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. If he was really trying to convince the evolutionists of their error [rather than simply winning Brownie points with fellow creationists], he would have been better off to attack the argument rather than going for the snarky insult anyway.

No Bible-affirming Christian should EVER use the term “retard,” “retarded” or any other variant of the R-word, no matter how snarky and clever you think it might be. One would think we could be bothered to be literate enough to express ourselves in a more appropriate manner! It is grievously insensitive and hateful to use someone else’s disability as an insult.

It’s sad when evolutionists and atheists dehumanize persons with mental disabilities by slamming others with this disrespectful use of their disability as an insult. It’s even more deplorable when conservatives like Ann Coulter [who should know better, even when refering to arch-evolutionist Richard Dawkins] use the R-word.

Persons with mental disabilities are made in the image of God… in a fallen world. They did nothing to cause their own disability; they’re simply products of Adam’s curse. When Adam sinned against God and incurred His righteous judgment, the rest of the cosmos suffered alongside him. Adam had been given dominion over all creation and when a king makes a mistake, his whole kingdom suffers. Yet just because they suffer more obvious affects of the Fall does not negate the fact that they are made in the image of God and are therefore worthy of dignity, courtesy and respect.

Of course, the evolutionist knows this because his conscience [God’s law written upon his heart] convicts him of sin when he says such things… at least until his conscience becomes seared as with a hot iron from repeated ignoring of it! But in the atheistic and evolutionary worldview, he has no non-arbitrary moral basis for not using someone else’s disability as an insult. In the evolutionary view of survival of the fittest [Darwin’s 4th postulate], a person with mental disabilities is inferior for human beings are judged not by their intrinsic value but by their contributive value to society. Stephen Jay Gould noted the evolutionary notion of recapitulation was the basis of Dr. Down’s decision to label Down syndrome as “mongoloid idiocy” because he thought it was a throwback to the “Mongoloid stage” of human evolution. Gould also noted that the term Mongoloid was first applied to persons with mental disabilities because it was then commonly believed that the Mongoloid race was not as highly evolved as the Caucasian race. Thus evolutionary thinking served as a justification for white racism and mistreatment [even sterilization] of persons with mental disabilities.

Compare this with the biblical worldview, where persons with mental retardation or any other disability are worthy of dignity, courtesy and respect because according to God’s revealed Word in Genesis they are made in the image of their Creator God.

We at DefGen.org, CreationLetter.com and CreationSundays.com strongly encourage you to get involved in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign at http://r-word.org, an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The campaign is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support.
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey, one thing we can agree on. 🙂 As a father of a daughter with Down Syndrome, I have little use for atheist or Christian who uses words disparaging to those with mental handicaps.

  2. Tom says:

    So downing the person that used that word is okay tho right ?

    1. Go and learn what this means, Tom:

      Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge; But he that hateth reproof is brutish – Proverbs 12:1

      -Tony, DefGen.org

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