Nineteen of these reviews are critical of the book: One-star out of five. That is fine, if someone does not like the book, that person is welcome to post a negative review and make his or her thoughts known.
The very interesting thing about the criticisms of Handley is that several of them, about half, claim to be written by people with autism. For example, Carola E. Wilhelmon claims to be on the spectrum, and states that " It is true that I haven't read the book," but that "eugenics of autistic people is going to be the next suggested step." Mizanthrope states that " I am Autistic. I was Autistic before I was vaccinated. I'd get vaccinated again." And then Janejira Damron claims to be on the autism spectrum, and writes " The real tragedy is the fact people believe these lies and teach their kids to view themselves as damaged and in need of correction."
Several attacks state that Handley must hate people with autism, because he is against autism. One critic with the strange name of " Amazon Customer" writes: "Autism isn't bad. Autistic people are valuable and worthwhile." This is a theme carried out in many of the other negative reviews. It's very strange, because anyone who has read Handley's book must see the love shining through clearly between JB and his son who has autism. The stories of JB retiring from his job to devote himself to helping his son, the story about how JB's son nearly broke his hand from hitting himself in the head, and the story about JB taking his son into the outdoors where he is happiest, and swimming for the fun of it. Nobody can read the book and think that JB hates his son or thinks his son is not valuable or worthwhile.
It's kind of like any disease. If you had a friend or relative who had cancer, and dedicated yourself to curing that person, would that mean that you hate your son Bob because you are trying to change him? Of course not. I can clearly see how a person can hate a medical problem, like cancer or autism, while still giving unconditional love and acceptance to a friend or child. Being against autism does not mean in any way that you hate the person with autism. Any parent who has suffered with this condition can immediately relate to this view of the situation. And JB's position is very clear from reading this book. His true cause is to help people who have autism, and prevent others from having to go through what he has, by stopping new cases of autism. Somehow, this is called "hate" and "fearmongering" by reviewers such as Josiah Moran and eckch97.
Getting back to the negative reviewers, I'd like to make one final point. The six or seven critics claiming to have autism all claim that JB is trying to exterminate them, or must hate people with autism. It's very hard for me to believe that anyone with autism would take the time to (1) read the book; and then (2) post a critical review on Amazon.com's website. I realize there are many high functioning adults with autism in this world who are well capable of reading, writing, and going through the internet. But why would seven of them all go onto the same mission, to criticize JB Handley's book, and do so in the same way by calling it a work of hatred intended to attack people with autism, and do it at the same time within days of the publication of the book? It's almost as though someone were coordinating this attack. Someone who has deep pockets, and who is trying to pan JB Handley in a coordinated way through fake reviews and shill identities posting on Amazon. But what person / business/ industry would try such a vicious and cowardly thing? Hmmmmm. I just can't figure that one out.
Brian Nomi is a California attorney and author of AutismGenesis.com.