Hatred must be fought head-on

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006

We must defeat hatred in our communities, both local and global. For those of you who think the recent horrific defamation of the local Jewish synagogue doesn't affect your own life, I offer the following quote from the Rev. Martin Niemoller. He was a Lutheran pastor who spoke against the Holocaust during World War II, for which the Nazis executed him.

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"In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist.

"Then, they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

"Then they came for the Catholics. I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

"Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up."

J. Althea


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