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Poem by Martin Niemoller – German Pastor & Theologian

Poem is by Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. Niemöller was an anti-Communist and supported Hitler’s rise to power at first. But when Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion, Niemöller became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen opposed to Hitler. Unlike Niemöller, they gave in to the Nazis’ threats. In 1937 he was arrested and eventually confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic enough about the Nazi movement.” Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies.  

His  statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy, as it often begins with specific and targeted fear and hatred which soon escalates out of control.

First they came for the communists, and

I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me”.

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THE AGE OF REASON?

The Renaissance in Modern India is wanting.

~ author http://www.thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com

Raja Ram Mohan Roy endeavored to create from t...

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy endeavored to create from the ancient Upanishadic texts a vision of rationalist modern India.

                                                                                                        

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Author’s thoughts on law, society & humanity in India.

India Divided

India Divided (Photo credit: Earthworm)

 

 

 

“Politicians are nothing but criminals, the true threat to India comes from within its borders”.

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Human Rights – Let us all get involved

Click on the link below & spread the news. Together we can make this world a better place.

Human Rights – Let us all get involved.

My Pledge – In response to Government of India’s steps to censor freedom of speech & expression.

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My response to the Indian Government’s steps to censor freedom of speech

Title page of Index Librorum Prohibitorum, or ...

Title page of Index Librorum Prohibitorum, or List of Prohibited Books, (Venice 1564). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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“The ultimate test of a…   https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/
What Grace Has Become  https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/

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The High Calling to Preach and Teach the Word Of God: A PCUSA Pastor’s Appreciation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Affirmation of Preaching (christisvictorious.typepad.com)

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (mtsweat.com)

Abortion ‘holocaust’? If the shoe fits … (wnd.com)

“Who am I?” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (newgottland.com)

Wind – Dietrich Bonhoeffer: a spoke in the wheel (celclibrary.wordpress.com)

Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

Dabbling With My Dilettante Mind (mtsweat.com)

Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

 

Voltaire – Freedom of Expression is the right of every man, woman & child.

Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, commonly known by his pen name Voltaire was a satirical polemicist, who criticized many of the intolerant, religious dogmas that were practiced in France and on the European continent.

He was a strong intellectual challenger to the French government, laws, & its officials. For his free thinking and outspokenness he was jailed several times and even sent into exile. His books and commentaries on civil liberties, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and most important of all his arguments on separation of church and state helped shape the world in many respects.

Voltaire’s arguments, principles and maxims are embodied in the written Constitutions of many free democratic countries.

Voltaire is credited with the following quotes – 

(a)  “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”.

(b)  “I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write”

Author’s thoughts: Exercise your fundamental right by joining me in spreading the word. Please, share the blog with your family, friends, acquaintances, and everyone in your community. Keep the communication flowing and help transform the world for the betterment & prosperity of humankind ~ Thank you.

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