There is a long history of trying to equate atheism with mental illness and it’s the same across the world.
There is an unusual caveat to the medical definition of Delusion. It doesn’t apply to religious belief. If you believe that you are at the centre of a vast conspiracy you are delusional. If you believe you are at the centre of a vast battle for the fate of the universe itself then you are perfectly sane.
But it’s a contentious subject and an in-joke as the majority of people believe in a god. So for large periods of time, not believing in a god was considered quite “mad”.
This argument repeatedly raises it’s head.
Turkish Sociologist Fehmi Kaya has claimed that all Autistic children were atheists due to a lack of a “section of faith” in their brains. And the corollary applied too. That Atheism was a form of autism.
“Autistic children do not know believing in God because they do not have a section of faith in their brains,” Kaya said, according to daily Milliyet.
Which is why we apparently don’t know how to pray or believe in the gods. And that we need to create this sort of awareness of faith through therapy in order to “create areas of faith”.
As you can see the well known “Faith” area of the brain.
Kaya believes that we (and autistic kids) need to understand that there is a creator (with no evidence of one what so ever) to whom people pray (which doesn’t work) and believe in (but not the wrong creator!).
It’s a worrying symptom of the the creeping Islamicisation of Turkey and the creeping erosion of the secular values.