Thursday, November 10, 2016

A plea for decency

I try to keep politics off of this blog. It is designed to be a safe space for people to learn about their disease, not a soapbox from which I rant about the state of world affairs.

However.

Since Tuesday there has been a spate of hate crimes being perpetrated by those who feel that the election of Trump gives them  a mandate to target immigrants, the LGBT community and Muslims. No matter what your political affiliation, this is morally abhorrent, and must be stopped immediately.

It does not matter if you feel that immigrants endanger American society, that the LGBT are sinful, or that Islam is a dangerous religion. These are human beings, and we have an absolute responsibility to treat each other with dignity. Let me repeat: this is not dependent on whether these people are a threat to you. They are still people. If you stand by while people write white supremacist messages on black peoples' cars, or while a Muslim woman gets her headscarf ripped off her head, then you are tacitly supporting evil. We have a duty to protect everyone, regardless of who they are.

If you happen to be Christian, then this duty extends further: you have an absolute religious obligation to stand with those being attacked right now. (Other religions have similar teachings; I'm just less familiar with them). Christ's entire ministry was spent ministering to the marginalized members of society--some of whom were clearly sinners. It is a fundamental and non-negotiable part of the Gospel of Christ to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Period.

As a cis, white, Christian woman in a heterosexual marriage, I am, like many, a little at a loss to know how to help if I don't actually witness a hate crime. I can only make suggestions:

1. Contact your local mosque and ask if there's anything you can do to support their community.
2. Contact your local LGBT alliance and do the same.
3. Contribute to the ACLU, which is trying to protect the victims of hate crimes.
4. Speak up whenever you hear hate speech.


Please let us learn from history...


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.
-Martin Niemöller

12 comments:

  1. SAM. I also get tense when I see things are not fair. I had to take (remove ) a few from my newsfeed. They will never know. It's just so you won't have to see their hateful biogetry Half the US are running scared now. His followers are cult-like. And they will never listen to logic you can vent in my newsfeed anytime ❤️

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