I try not to delve much into politics on my blog, as I find it to be a divisive issue, but this commentary from Keith Olbermann really gave me pause. I found his reflections on the proposed Ground Zero neighborhood community & prayer space to be resonant, logical, and inspiring:
Olbermann’s reference to the poem by Martin Niemoller (although there is reportedly some debate over whether he wrote it), especially reminded me of the dangers of failing to be courageous.
Here is the text of the poem:
“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 wonder how many of us would stand up for not only our friends and relatives, but complete strangers who deserve our support as well?