“God’s Fool” by Mary Roberts Rinehart

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This week we bring you “God’s Fool” by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Over the decades (centuries, really!) the evolution of terminology for the intellectually challenged in our society has been interesting to say the least, ranging from cruel to compassionate. Every generation has taken a step or two towards accepting, even cherishing these wholly innocent, completely loving individuals. I know of which I speak. My son is severely autistic. Rinehart wrote this story in 1919 using the terminology of her generation which to us may seem cruel and insensitive. “Fool”, “Dummy”, but she writes about this special young man with such sweet compassion… I hope, as you listen, you will be able to get past the labels and hear the story.

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