Tuesday, January 20, 2015
PREJUDICE and RELGION #3 (TRUNCATED)
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Today’s blog would have been be the last in a short series which I titled inappropriately “PREJUDICE and RELIGION”. I am only for the moment posting a truncated portion since not being happy with my wording I felt the need to revise and post later the body of this blog. Since there is a Council meeting tonight and also President Obama’s “State of the Nation” address that may not happen until later this week.
Although, the initial impetus for these blogs was the universal Westerners’ association of all Muslims with the radical terrorist fundamental Islamism; repudiating actions of bigotry due to ethnic, racial, or economic differences as well as religion by all of us is essential for the diverse society about which so many boast.
I had remarked that there were three “events” that had prompted these blogs. The third which has overtones of racism happened here at the Council Agenda Fixing Session when once again the conflict between rival youth baseball groups became a major issue.
Prejudice and bigotry is a local issue which must be explored.