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 one left to speak for me.
Source: Pastor Martin Niemöller a German Lutheran pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany.
I'm not going to Indiana. It's a "playing nicely in the sandbox" thing. I'm not gay, but I am beginning to understand what it is to be marginalized. It's an issue of my age and physical handicaps.
The Indiana situation is deplorable. Amy Johnson Crow reports: The Atlantic has a good analysis of how the Indiana law is different: http://www.theatlantic.com/.../what-makes.../388997
My heart and voice are with friends in the LGBT community. It's about mutual respect. This is the 21st century. We are supposed to be enlightened. Equality before the law was something my grandmother's generation fought for vigorously regarding women's rights to vote. I cannot understand why prejudice is actually legislated in this day and age.
Even my very conservative state of Utah came up with middle ground legislation acceptable to both the conservative religious majority and the LGBT community.
I stand with the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists who shared this via email to members yesterday:"APG takes the potential discrimination against any of our members very seriously and believes that discriminating against one of our members discriminates against all of our members."
The best way for non-residents of Indiana to "vote" is with their pocketbooks. That's why I'm not going to Indiana for an APG Professional Management Conference in 2016.
Let's just play nice together in this sandbox called life.
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