In the newest installment of what I like to call, “This Might be How America Ends,” Trump half-listened to what was being said at today’s White House Coronavirus press briefing and then summarized it in a wildly irresponsible way. Rubbing disinfectants on your hands was mentioned as an effective means of killing the virus (on the hands) during the briefing. What Trump concluded, apparently, was that the possibility of injecting disinfectants like bleach should be investigated as a means of killing the virus inside the body. This statement wouldn’t be a problem if everyone gave Trump’s advice and opinion as much credence as it deserves, but we already know his death cult think he has something to say that is worth listening to. Since Trump’s pattern is to skip anything that seems as if it might involve patience or work and go straight to boosting ‘miracle cures’, we can safely assume he will carry on repeating this idea until his cult members start dropping dead due to poisoning themselves by injecting bleach in an effort to prove their leader correct. Follow the link to watch the video for yourself:
His thoughts on the matter wouldn’t be half as worrisome if they weren’t similar to something people are already inflicting upon their children.
Their autistic children.
In my mind, I just imagined readers sucking in a sharp breath in shock when they read that parents were doing this to their children. Then I imagined a whole bunch of them letting out that breath in relief when they realized I was only referring to autistic kids. After all, autistic children aren’t fully human. The vulnerable population Trump’s supporters keep suggesting should be sacrificed to the economy aren’t fully human to them either. This is how they justify their deaths and still consider themselves Christians. They don’t think of these people as fully human and therefore are not entitled to human rights.
This same sanitization of language to justify malignant ideas extends to the idea of treating autistic children with bleach. The snake-oil salespeople trying to sell parents on the idea of feeding their children bleach as a way to treat autism must have realized parents might find this suggestion unappealing, so they branded it as Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS). The concept began with a church founded by a former Scientologist, called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, that claimed the protection of religious rights for a bleaching agent (Archbishop) Jim Humble called a sacrament. Humble claimed it was capable of overcoming most diseases known to man.
Jim Humble claimed that in 1996 he observed the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide in treating malaria while he was on a mining expedition in South America. He went on to claim the bleaching agent was effective at eradicating a slew of conditions that included: Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDs, cancer, high blood pressure, infections, arthritis, depression, erectile dysfunction, MRSA, and autism (this list goes on). Not unlike Trump’s recommendation of hydroxychloroquine, Humble treated anecdotal evidence as fact.
One of Humble’s ‘bishops’, Kerri Riviera, took his claims and ran with them, telling parents of autistic children that MMS enemas would kill pathogens in the stomach that caused autism. Parents have bathed their children in the solution, and even given it to them as a drink. You might be asking yourself how these people weren’t immediately thrown in jail for child abuse. For starters, they tied-up the issue with religious rights arguments. They also claimed that MMS was not the same as household bleach even though the active bleaching ingredients are the same for both. Parents have argued that the solution is used to bleach flour white, which is true, but the same people would probably say white flour was not fit for consumption. Not containing sodium hypochlorite does not make it safe to consume, and certainly does not make it a miracle cure for almost every ailment known to man. Besides these facts, there are parents that have taken the low budget approach and have used regular grocery store bleach rather than MMS.
Deaths have resulted, and not even all these have been prosecuted as homicides, further demonstrating how disabled people are not seen as fully human in our society. The truth is that the hesitation to criminalize the actions of parents subjecting their children to MMS and bleach reveals uncomfortable societal truths. Disabled people are not seen as fully human, a fact supported by Humanist Theory, and are thus not deemed to possess full human rights. When the matter of criminalization of practices such as these is discussed, too often the desires of parents are the primary concern. Trump and his death cult think of vulnerable people in our society in the same way, viewing them as not fully human and thus acceptable sacrifices to an unsustainable neoliberal capitalist economy.