Cacti and yucca Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

First they came. .

First they came for the “welfare queens”
and I did not speak up, because I am not a “welfare queen”

Then they came for the “habitual offenders”
and I did not speak up, because I am not a “habitual offender”

Then they came for the “sexual predators”
and I did not speak up, because I am not a “sexual predator”

Then they came for the doctors who perform abortions
and I did not speak up, because I am not a doctor who performs abortions

Then they came for the “terrorists”
and I did not speak up, because no one has ever called me a “terrorist”

Then they came for the Muslims
and I did not speak up, because I am not Muslim

Then they targeted “urban youth”
and I did not speak up, because I am not an “urban youth”

Then they targeted “at-risk populations”
and I did not speak up, because I am not a member of an “at-risk population”

Then they targeted the “juvenile delinquents”
And I did not speak up, because I am not a “juvenile delinquent”

Then they took the children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch near San Angelo and Eldorado
and I did not speak up because I am not a polygamist

Then they came for the “morbidly obese” people
and I did not speak up, because I am not “morbidly obese”

Then they came for the teenage moms
and I did not speak up, because I am not a teenage mom

Then they came for the poor and permanently unemployed
and I did not speak up, because I am not poor or permanently unemployed

Then they came for the undocumented immigrants
and I did not speak up, because I am not an undocumented immigrant

Then they came for the legal permanent residents with criminal records
and I did not speak up because I’m not an immigrant with a criminal record

Then they came for the refugee children
and I did not speak up because I’m neither a refugee nor a child

Then they came for the MECHISTAS
and I did not speak up because I’m not a MECHISTA

Then they came for the women and men who are lesbian or gay or bisexual
And I did not speak up because I’m not lesbian or gay or bisexual

Then they came for the transgender people
And I did not speak up because I’m not transgender

Then they came for the people with disabilities who they said were not “productive” or didn’t have any “quality of life”
and I did not speak up because I do not have any obvious physical disabilities

Then they came for the people with cognitive disabilities
and I did not speak up because my cognitive disabilities are not evident

Then they came for the people they call “mentally ill”
and I did not speak up because I’m in hiding

Then they came for the women who took illegal drugs while pregnant
and I did not speak up because I’m not pregnant and taking illegal drugs

then they came for these commie-socialist queer Jews, labor unionists,
and there was no one left to speak for us.

in appreciation of Pastor Martin Niemöller

Raymond-Kolker Seder, second night, 16th of Nissan 5771
April 20, 2011

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