"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 Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up."
-- Pastor Martin Niemoller*

*a preacher in Hitler's Germany who was frightened that he might be associated with the "wrong people." Martin Niemoller was a supporter of the Nazis. Niemoller then became aware of the need to stop Hitler's Nazi movement, and started to speak out against them.

Like our press today, the German press was controlled. He was fearful how he would be portrayed. This fear was driven by the fact the press might show him as supporting or associating with "extremists." Martin Niemoller spent seven years in concentration camps of Sachsenhauser and Dachau.

Those of you fearful to stand with others now, please remember Martin Niemoller when they come for you. When you stand alone, when no one else is left.

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