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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Category One Memorial Designation Commission?”

  1. Portsmouth Citizen

    Careful, Steve, they might offer to appoint YOU to the commission. Are you prepared to accept such weighty responsibilities?

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  2. leftyrite

    How about the designation of “saint” for secular people whose responsibility it is to go to the mat for religious icons in public places?
    These “saints” will put up with all of that unbelievable guff that you have to go through in order to champion religiosity in the plaza in return for congregation cred, and maybe, after many years, an ostrich plume.
    Then, after of decades of wearing down the social order, a grateful mob of the proudly ignorant may want to gather in some public place to crown their “saint” with a garland– just after they have rid themselves of the last heretic and burned his books.
    A lemon wedge.
    Anyone? Anyone?

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