Stop Dominic Valanmanal from hate preaching against children with autism in Australia
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Stop Dominic Valanmanal from hate preaching against children with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) in Australia
As a parent and carer of a child with autism, I am outraged by the preaching of Dominic Valanmanal and I am starting this petition to block his visit to Australia and stop his spreading of hateful and inaccurate preaching.
Dominic Valanmanal is a priest from India who has linked homosexuality with autism in his sermons. He has referred to children with autism as animals as well as drawing links between alcoholism, masturbation homosexuality as the reason for children having autism. He alleges that he has cured many children with autism and continues to conduct Catholic retreats to heal people with autism.
Father Dominic Valanmanal has been invited by the Australian Catholic Church and is scheduled to lead five days residential retreat in Melbourne on 22 -26 September 2019.
Father Dominic Valanmanal's attempt to organise similar kinds of "deliverance and healing retreats " in the Calgary Diocese of Canada and Diocese of Ireland were faced with strong public criticism and the local Catholic Bishops were forced to cancel his talks in those places.
As a migrant from the same South Indian - Malayalee community as Dominic Valanmanal, I am facing tremendous pressure to attend his retreat so that my son's autism 'can be cured'. I am aware of many other parents facing similar predicament and stigma from the community due to his hate speech.
I kindly request you to sign this petition to support the families and carers of autistic children and uphold the values of humanity and progress of our society.
You Tube link to the video, Valanmanal spoke in Malayalam, a common language for those who are from or have roots in Kerala, a state in southern India. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News and other news agencies have independently verified the English translation of his comments.
- Irish Arch bishop asked the organizers to stop him coming there to preach as it’s an insult to tens of thousands of autism sufferers.
- Canada Church authorities also cancelled his program as they found it’s an insult to the humanity.
- Details of Dominic Valanmanal's retreat from September 22 to 26 are announced in Syro Malabar church website
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