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Monday, September 14, 2009

This must never happen again.

This [the Holocaust] must never happen again. ... Be vigilant about your rights. Care about the rights and human dignity of others.

When the rights of any group, no matter how small, no matter how marginal, are violated, your liberty, your freedom is put at risk. Let there never be a day when we cast about in horror and have to ask the question, "How did it ever come to this?"
- Thomas Childers, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, in the closing remarks of his six-hour Teaching Company audio lecture series A History of Hitler’s Empire

Listening to Professor Childers on my iPod as I walked on the beach and drove around town, I was struck by the similarities between the early days of Hitler's rise to power in the 1920's and today's small but vocal minority of Americans calling for Muslims, Mexicans, Gays, and others to be treated as less than fully American, less than fully worthy human beings. If you think I am exaggerating this attack on our moral values, click here
In 1928 Hitler received less than 3% of the German vote. In 1933 he was named the chancellor of Germany.

Let us all be fully vigilant.

Further reading: A common denominator of all religions is that they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Edward R. Murrow: Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences

Dwight D. Eisenhower: How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?

Oscar Wilde quote: Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

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