Defending Rights Of All Is Vital

Editor, News-Register:

Knock, Knock.

“First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak out, because I wasn’t a Jew.

“Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn’t speak out because I was Protestant.

“Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

This statement was attributed to Pastor Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) about the lack of action from citizens when the Nazis began purging select groups during their rise to power.

This is what President Obama is doing by attacking Catholic beliefs against abortion. He is attempting to force Catholic doctors and hospitals to go against their own religious beliefs on abortions. Where is the hue and cry about separation of church and state? Where is the ACLU?

How about the new health care law? You can be jailed and fined for not purchasing government mandated health care. How about the “Death Panel” provisions? The government will determine when treatments for patients will end based on a bureaucrat’s computer analysis.

By standing up and fighting for the rights of others, you are defending your own.

William J. Patsche

St. Clairsville