By now you’ve likely heard about President Obama’s gaffe on the Jay Leno show, comparing Obama’s bowling performance to the Special Olympics. Though self-depreciating, the comment was insulting to the millions of Americans born with various challenges such as Down Syndrome. Justin Reimer responds with a pointed yet gracious open letter to the President.
My life has been deeply impacted by the life of my son, Elisha who has Down Syndrome. Each day he brings joy to our home and has brought numerous spiritual blessings. Most importantly, Elisha is just as much created in the image of God as the most “normal” or intellectual or educated person on earth, even you Mr. President. He has just as much value in Christ as Abraham Lincoln or any of the historical icons in our history. He is not and should not be the punchline of a joke by the man who holds the highest position in the world.
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