“Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.”
He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.””
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Zecheriah was rendered unable to speak while John was in the womb because he didn’t believe the angel’s message.  Yes, he was mute.  But he wasn’t deaf.  “They made signs to his father.”  Somehow with those with disabilities we assume that they’re not as smart or they have other problems too.

It reminds me of when I was in Africa trying to learn the local tribal dialect.   When I didn’t understand what they were saying they thought it would help if they loudly screamed the words over and over in my face as if I were stupid and deaf.  Help the blood stop boiling, Lord.
How much more insulting is it then when we treat those with disabilities in the same way?