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People are more than a “candy coating”.

Leslie Brown

It’s Down’s Syndrome Awareness month, and not to belabor the point or “wear a hole” in it, but this story gives me hope that this next generation is looking at CHARACTER and not just “candy coatings”.

What got our nation in its current mess was the notion of “Hey MULTICULTURAL!!! MUST VOTE FOR!” If that’s not superficial, “knee-jerk”, almost reptilian thinking, I don’t know what is.

Obviously I’m looking for these type of stories, in the media, but is the tide changing? Does this new generation have two synapses to rub together with regard to judging character? I’m hoping and praying so.

At the Dunwoody High School homecoming Friday night, students showed true school spirit during halftime.

This year’s Dunwoody High School senior homecoming court — ten candidates for Homecoming Queen and ten candidates for King — beamed like the sun under the Friday night lights.

That number included two special needs students their fellow seniors nominated: Hannah Keen, who has Down’s syndrome, escorted by her big brother D.R.; and Gus Ashbury. He’s a student with autism, escorted by his mother, Mamie.

It was two weeks ago when the whole school — 1,200 DHS students — voted for Queen and King, choosing from among all 20 candidates on the ballots.

The results were announced at halftime. It turns out the voting was not even close.

The student body elected Hannah Keen and Gus Ashbury the school’s Homecoming Queen and King by a landslide.(1)

Linked with the same above referenced article I found another article about the sanctity of life, and here’s the “tie in” with one of my favorite quotes by young conservative Steven Crowder,

“According to the left it is far worse to call someone a “retard” than to abort a baby solely due to its mental retardation.”

Article by Breitbart’s Bethany Goodman:

One of the most beautiful things about children and adults with Down Syndrome, which is embodied by the lovely Hannah Keen, is their joy for life and love for their family, friends and even strangers.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. A few statistics can put the impact of individuals with Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome, into perspective: an October 2011 survey study on Down Syndrome and Quality of Life conducted by a Harvard researcher revealed that 99 percent of individuals with Down Syndrome said they were happy with their lives and 97 percent liked who they are. Furthermore, the study showed that 99 percent of parents of a child with Trisomy 21 love their child; 97 percent of these parents were proud of their child; and 79 percent of such parents felt that their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down Syndrome. In terms of siblings’ feelings about Down Syndrome, 94 percent of older siblings expressed feelings of pride towards their siblings with Down Syndrome; 88 expressed feelings that they were better people because of their siblings with Trisomy 21.

These statistics are overwhelming positive, but beyond statistics, anyone who has ever befriended a person with Down Syndrome has experienced the unconditional love they give. In return, thankfully, our society has made great strides in recognizing the special qualities of individuals with Down Syndrome and other special needs, as well as supporting and improving their quality of life.

However, there is a glaring paradox in our society that needs to be exposed – before a child is born, when a baby is diagnosed with a fetal abnormality such as Down Syndrome, or Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, Spina Bifida or others, the termination rate can be as high as 90 percent.

Having a disability, or parenting a child with special needs, certainly presents challenges. That should not be white-washed. But what parent or child is immune to challenges? Not one! One mother of a toddler with Down Syndrome recently wrote “There was a time I was very scared to be his mom. For that I will always be sorry. But he’ll also know that even though I was scared, my love for him was stronger than the fear. And that he has brought me nothing but pride and joy.”

Every human has inherent dignity and worth – no matter their race, creed, color, religion, or special need.

We live in a time and place where it is the best possible circumstances to raise a special child with special needs. This is the message doctors should be giving to couples who receive a diagnosis of a fetal abnormality, not the pressure to abort their baby.
The story of Gus and Hannah is a beautiful reminder of the truth of human dignity and value. Life isn’t always easy, but no matter the circumstances, every person can impact the people around them. This year, the March for Life, the peaceful protest that draws hundreds of thousands to our nation’s capital every January to advocate for the right to life for all individuals, will focus on these special babies as our underlying theme for all events. We will continue to fight for future Gus’ and Hannah’s to be born because every life is a gift.(2)

Now… and contrast with the type of thinking that espouses THIS: “ISIS praises slain shooter.(3)”

AND THIS is what this nation has been bowing down to, protecting, and pandering to, a culture that celebrates DEATH, not life, not the G-d and creator of life who should determine when it begins and ends, not US playing G-d.


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