I couldn’t believe it.
A friend messaged me on facebook, asking me what on earth was going on with Noah’s Dad and the IDSC (- The International Down syndrome Coalition). I had no idea, but after only a few quick minutes of scoping around, found out.
In a nutshell, The IDSC changed their logo – they just removed their tagline, “All Life is Precious”. That’s it. No changes to their Mission Statement, no changes in their website or what they stand for: just a logo change.
Or like… this
Logos change! And taglines aren’t usually part of a logo – and if they are, then they are usually the part that goes when a logo gets streamlined!
Noah’s Dad is
hungry desperate for attention
When Rick Smith, aka “Noah’s Dad” heard of the logo change, he decided that because the IDSC removed “All Life is Precious” from their logo, they were suddenly PRO ABORTION!
Let me repeat this: the IDSC changes its logo – not the Mission! – and Rick Smith is screaming that they are pro-abortion from his paid-pulpit of Facebook.
But that’s not all – when the community and the IDSC tried to reason with him, he slashed at them, started deleting comments and then actually blocked people from his page.
I have a hard time actually wrapping my head around his type of extremism and I know that I shouldn’t even be writing about this, it’s SEO fuel for his fodder and all, but it’s like,
WOULD. YOU. JUST. STOP. ALREADY, RICK?!
I mean, dude, we have people with Down syndrome being killed out there, we have judges willing to give new trials to rapists of girls with Down syndrome, we have access and inclusion issues, we have the ABLE act to pass, we have BIGGER SHIT ON OUR PLATES TO FACE THAN A FRIGGING LOGO TAGLINE.
Rick Smith putting the time and energy into this, using the clout he has to slander an organization that has only shown love and pro-action toward people with Down syndrome is a crying shame and seriously makes me question whether anything he has ever done was actually for Down syndrome or for himself.
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.