First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a socialist.
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 left to speak for me.
~ Attributed to Martin Nienoller (1892-1984) anti-Nazi German pastor
In an effort to "purify" German society, the Nazis transformed psychiatric hospitals and clinics into centers for mass murder. Using the cover of war, Adolf Hitler authorized the so-called "euthanasia" program, in which more than 70,000 disabled Germans, judged by their physicians to be "life unworthy of life," were killed in gas chambers or by lethal injection or poison between 1939 and 1941.
The quotes above are excerpts from materials I purchased at the United States Halocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
As I looked over these materials this afternoon I recalled how deeply moved and upset the Halocaust Museum experience was for me. If you have not had the opportunity to visit I cannot urge you strongly enough to make the trip. As homeschoolers it is an invaluable experience. Words, even pictures cannot adequately portray the emotions that hit you when you stand before the crematorium ovens with the actual shoes of those murdered in baskets beside you and their pictures floor to ceiling.
I remember the shudder that ran through my body when I thought of the millions of babies being cremated everyday after being aborted. A halocaust continues, sanctioned by our government, our courts and applauded by our President and Congress. I'm sure you probably know this, and yes it's grim but abortion clinics typically put the babies on ice and then, when they have enough to warrant firing up the oven, they cremate them too. The similarities are sickening. Experimentations, selling their parts, horrors done in the name of science. Can someone please explain to me why genocide is horrific but infanticide is not?
People lived and worked in concentration camps and they said nothing. People live and work in towns with abortion clinics and say and do nothing, today, right now. They of course, are not unborn babies. But this thinking, this belief system, this unholy lack of respect for life, this refusal to acknowledge the sovereign right of God alone to give and take life, it will not stop at the unborn. I hope those who carry on their lives each day without thought to the cremations happening around the corner never find themselves disabled, unwanted, mentally ill, terminally ill, or a burden on society. When the government is paying for healthcare will they be deciding who deserves care and who does not? When someone's care becomes a burden on the society, what then? When it opposes political trends what then?
We must speak for those who cannot. Not just because it is right, not just because God calls us to do so but if those reasons are not compelling enough then speak up my friends because one day they will come for you and who will be left to speak for you?