Prescient Moments

Way back in October, I wrote a post about my feeling that straight liberals have an obligation to defend gay marriage rights, in which I invoked one of my favorite quotes from the Reverend Martin Niemoller.

Yesterday, AMERICAblog’s John Aravosis posted the following:
Isn't it interesting how quickly the far-right's campaign to control gay marriage has turned into a campaign BY THE SAME PEOPLE to control YOUR marriage.

From bioethicist Art Caplan, PhD:

Remember the recent debate about gay marriage and the sanctity of the bond between husband and wife? Nearly all of those now trying to push their views forward about what should be done with Terri Schiavo told us that marriage is a sacred trust between a man and a woman. Well, if that is what marriage means then it is very clear who should be making the medical decisions for Terri — her

From Martin Niemoeller, Berlin Lutheran pastor arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Dachau concentration camp in 1938; the Allied forces freed him seven years later:

In Germany, the Nazis 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, but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
Same quote. Same point. We’re all in this together. There’s just so such thing as secondary issues anymore, folks.

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