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We must speak up for what is right

After being released from the Nazi death camp Dachau, Christian Pastor Martin Niemoeller ended every one of his sermons saying, "First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me."
Much can be learned from that, especially in the dark, turbulent sea of political unrest we see swirling around us. Part of our First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ." Abortion is an intrinsic evil, which cannot be supported by those following the tenets of my particular Christian faith. I love my faith and I love my country and I do not expect everyone to share my views, but because of what the First Amendment states, I do expect everyone to defend my right to practice my faith without imposing laws that fundamentally oppose those beliefs.
If we do not put our differences aside and speak up for what is right for all, we allow the tyranny of evil to rise again. Though we are in the midst of an important presidential election, let us not lose sight of our basic human rights.
Dawn Curazzato
Williamsville