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."
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