(fwd from Will Miller) Re: Talkin About the F-Word

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Thu Dec 6 10:21:40 MST 2001

Since the sense of Neimoller's quote was that innocent people were 
being rounded up, perhaps the first line should be:

First, they came for those accused of terrorism,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't accused of terrorism.

In solidarity,


>Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2001
>by Bernard Weiner
>First, they came for the terrorists,
>and I didnít speak up because I wasnít a terrorist.
>Then they came for the foreigners,
>and I didnít speak up because I wasnít a foreigner.
>Then they came for the Arab-Americans,
>and I didnít speak up because I wasnít Arab-American.
>Then they came for the radical dissenters,
>and I didnít speak up because I was just an ordinary troubled citizen.
>They they came for me,
>and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
>(adapted from Pastor Niemollerís 1945 quote about the Nazis*)

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