Down And Up

Down syndrome children are amongst the most lovable of all peoples. This is difficult to think of these special people as adults with their personal qualities so endearingly child like. Down children are more loving than we who think of ourselves as perfect. Down children do mature into adults, do marry and do start families but rarely. Down adults are honest, hard working, loving and enjoy the best of moral qualities, better than our own; they enjoy a certain innocence.

Almost all of us know of symptoms of this genetic disorder, Down syndrome. This is not preventable and there is no cure nor ever will be. These special people can and do lead productive and rewarding lives with good education and support of family and friends.

Meet Monica and David. This charming couple are Down and up on love.

We know those symptoms but most of us know little or nothing about romance and sexuality of these lovable people. Down children experience puberty and mature like all of us. They need love and they do enjoy desires including sexual lust and they do enjoy sex, like all of us

There are Down syndrome mothers out there. About half of Down girls are tragically sterile. Others, though, do become pregnant and give birth to healthy babies but not always; odds are not good. A crazy maker is there are no recent studies if Down boys are virile or sterile. Last study of this nature is back in the thirties and is poor quality research. Down boys were pronounced to be sterile in lieu of any viable evidence. Down boys are still stigmatized by this.

Chances of a Down girl passing along her genetic disorder ranges from thirty-five percent to fifty-percent. These birth defects vary greatly from Down to many associated problems like heart conditions or stunted physical growth. A Down girl is confronted with high pregnancy risks. Birth control measures, the pill, tubal ligation and vasectomy are common choices for Down people. Practice of birth control is a reflection upon their excellent ethical and moral values.

There is a scene in this video which tugs at and breaks my heart. Monica is holding a baby and softly says, "I wish I had a baby like you". There is no greater tragedy than a barren woman.

Preparing for this essay I discover sexuality of Down people is no different than our own. They enjoy romance, they fall in love, they are as wild about sex as us and they do marry. Those personal traits are typically not effected by Down syndrome; they display healthy sexuality but having children is a great risk, about a fifty-fifty chance of tragic problems.

I am to slam your minds, I am to Rick Roll you. Marriage between Down couples is lawful, there are no objections to this coupling even with extreme odds of children suffering birth defects. This would be abhorrently immoral to tell those loving special people they cannot marry.

Contrasting, marriage between cousins, siblings, parents and children, is unlawful with fierce prejudice. A very mention of an "incestuous" marriage nearly has a girl or a boy stoned to death. For some cultures, horrifying death for both involved is a punishment for incest, stoned to death, hanged to death, head chopped off and other macabre means of death.

Chances of passing birth defects to baby by a young incestuous mother are about two percent to three percent. Down baby, thirty-five percent to fifty percent. A mother at age thirty, incest related birth problems are near equal to all causes. About thirty-five years old and up, odds of incest problems are much less than odds of problems caused by aging eggs of a mother.

A spoiler ending for my mind slamming of readers. This wild-eyed incest taboo is a direct result of Christianity. Should incest be mentioned, people go thermonuclear. A person is pummeled with horrible accusations and vulgar insults.

Religious dogma cages and confines love. Christians believe they are entitled to decide and restrict who may love whom. This is maddeningly evidenced by this religious bigotry and hatred associated with same sex marriage. Essence is Christians substitute their words of love with words of hate, if they do not approve of your love.

Hypocrisy is the Bible is littered with citations of the Christian god encouraging incest from Adam and Eve and their children to Lot and his two daughters after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah which turned Lot's wife into a pillar of salt:

"One day the older daughter said to the younger, 'Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children as is the custom all over the earth. Let's get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.'

That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

The next day the older daughter said to the younger, 'Last night I slept with my father. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.' So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up."

- Genesis 19:31-35

Love is never to be caged and confined. Those of religious faith are never to be allowed to render love into hate. This endearing love between Down people is the same love as between cousins, siblings, parents and children. Love is the same for all. Love just is, and love is a solution to all this daily misery, destruction and death inflicted upon us by the faithful around our world, for two-thousand years.