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Brent White's Whatever the Heck I Am Thinking Blog
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Sure, just ignore Reverend Niemoller

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I have heard the same argument over and over again about "if you don't have anything to hide, why don't you like the Patriot Act?"

What ticks me off first is that a lot of these same people saying this consider gun registration a slippery slope to total confiscation. Hey, if you don't plan on using your guns for drugs and crime, what's your beef about registration? If you get gun education, that's just carte blanche for taking a fully automatic weapon to a crowded mall...eh, I digress.

Reverend Martin Niemoller lived during World War II and warned about the Nazis. He said, to paraphrase, that they came for less popular groups and he didn't speak up for them because he wasn't one of them, but by the time the Nazis got to him, no one was left to speak up for him.

Remember that. To take his famous poem and modify it for modern times

First they came for the Islamic Jihadists
and I didn't speak up because I was a Christian
Then they came for the Muslims
and I didn't speak up because I was a Christian
Then they came for the homosexuals
and I didn't speak up because I thought homosexuality was a mortal sin
Then they came for the liberals
and I didn't speak up because I was a conservative
But then they came for me
and no one was left to speak up

HEAD THE WORDS OF MARTIN NIEMOLLER.

I'll speak up for you.

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Posted by a_jwhite at 12:24 AM EDT

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