I Just Had To Share

I usually try to refrain from posting too many entries on here during one day, but I really could not help myself.

As I was checking out a few of the stories on CNN.com today, I noticed that they had a link to an article that talked about Ann Coulter’s uneducated use of the word “retard” the other night during the Presidential debate.  That in itself is no reason to share, and really something that we all should have expected in response to Coulter’s hate.No, what I want to share is a sweet letter penned (ok, typed) by Special Olympian John Franklin Stephens.  You can read his entire letter here, but I wanted to share some of the more touching parts.  For a frame of reference, Mr. Stephens is a Special Olympian with Down Syndrome.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.

Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.

Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.

and finally…

Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.

Amen, Mr. Stephens.

John Franklin Stephens


5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on it2s and commented:
    Awesome letter, we have become John Stephen’s biggest fans.
    I am Deer Jon & IT2’s

    1. Thank you for sharing! It is sad that people use such hateful words because they have a limited vocabulary and cannot find another way to disagree with someone.

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