Niemoller’s “Bystander’s Credo” Urges Prudent Preparation

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In 1945, a German Lutheran pastor named Martin Niemoller–after four years in a concentration camp—delivered some of the most important words about the travesty of the Nazi regime.

He said:

“At first they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out—because I was not Catholic.

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 for me.”

Niemoller’s verse has come to be known as the “bystander’s credo.”

The point is, as bystanders we must speak up–and take action–when the state infringes upon the rights and freedoms of others, even when we don’t agree with those being attacked.

Involvement is not without costs. Be prepared: