July 29, 2013

DARE to speak up!

It seems that every couple of years, I find a reason to revisit a famous poem by fr. Niemöller.
Once again, we see a government institutionalizing repression and hate of a whole segment of society.

And once again we see the same government organising the Olympics and YET again, the international community is against boycotting the games. Will this countries' president refuse to attend the medal ceremony if a LGB (or T) athlete wins a medal?

Haven't we learned from the mistakes of the past?

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

I believe that a very strong and unequivocal international signal should be send to such countries. HUMAN rights are UNIVERSAL rights. And the right to education is a human right.
A countries' government is tasked with the well-being and safety of ALL it's citizens.

I encourage all DARE to speak up before it's  too late YET AGAIN.

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