â€śAll autistic kids are atheists and atheism is a form of autismâ€ť
Thatâ€™s the opinion of Fehmi Kaya, head of the Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children in Adana, Turkey. Autistic children are atheists, he said, â€śdue to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.â€ť
From TimeTurk (English edition) 4/22/13:
â€śAutistic children do not know believing in God because they do not have a section of faith in their brains,â€ť Kaya said, according to daily Milliyet.
Kaya said the underdevelopment of faith sections in the brain caused autistic children to not believe in God.
â€śThat is why they donâ€™t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is needed to create awareness in these children through methods of therapy.â€ť
Kaya added that autistic children should undergo treatment to â€ścreate areas of faith in their brain.â€ť
Apparently, itâ€™s not the childrenâ€™s fault. According to Kaya whose degree is in sociology, they are born atheists because of the missing faith section. â€śResearch,â€ť he adds, â€śsays atheism and autistic children are linked. Researchers in the USA and Canada say that atheism is a different form of autism.â€ť
A backlash from individuals and autism associations throughout Turkey has caused Kaya to complain that his remarks were taken out of context by news reports.
On a personal note, my own background leads me to wonder if thereâ€™s some truth to at least one of Fehmi Kayaâ€™s claims; the one involving problems wth the brain's "faith sections."
You see, I was a believer from a very young age and remained one until suffering a tragic injury (involving experience, reading and thinking) to the faith section of my brain. The injury occurred, I suspect, somewhere between the cerebellum, the pons and the I-Like-Fox-News center (another underdeveloped area in many atheist brains).
For those interested in further information on (and links to) some of the studies mentioned by Fehmi Kaya, thereâ€™s an excellent article by Matthew Hutson on what theyâ€™re about and how some in the faith community misuse them here.