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We must condemn Hamas and those among us who support the terror

Christine Flowers on

One of the very first pieces of verse that I ever memorized was this, from Pastor Martin Neimoller:

“First they came for the Communists / and I did not speak out / because I was not a Communist.

“Then 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 out for me.”

 

I think of these words often, because I deal with oppression and human rights violations on a daily basis. My work, cherished as it is, brings me face-to-face with the ugliest parts of humanity.

I have clients who have been raped, kidnapped, tortured, barred from their churches, stripped of their livelihoods, threatened with death, and almost killed.

And in each of these cases, there is that one single truth at play: had there been someone who stepped up and said something to defend or protect them, they might not have been refugees.

We need to speak out when we see injustice. We need to speak out clearly, unequivocally, and without the kind of whataboutism that often infects our conversations.

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