I commented on Mel’s blog this evening and felt that this quote was applicable to the loss of inalienable civil rights that the majority of voters of California and Maine seem to think they have the ability to do:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then 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 out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemoeller
He was speaking about the complacency of the “majority” in the face of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, but his words make sense today.
So who is next? Women? Non-christians? Christians? Knitters (especially the activist ones)? What is utterly disgusting to me is the role that so-called Christians have had in this debate, causing a dear friend of mine to leave the Christian church altogether. Sigh.
In the immortal words of Forest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that. What I will say is, something I have never written here before: Please don’t bother to post any comments to me about this topic if you think “God hates fags,” or any other such evil putrefaction. I don’t care what you think. Your opinion frankly doesn’t matter to me because the dignity and rights of others don’t matter to you.
The time between blog posts has been increasing over the last few months for a variety of reasons and I finally came to the conclusion that this is OK. I will just keep plodding along, hoping I have more to say, despite the fervent prayers and imprecations of many to the Divinity hoping for a different result, LOL!
Since last I posted, dear 1.5 readers, life has pretty much been going on. The baby is lovely and getting chubbier by the day (but in a good way:)). The other grandangels are marvelous of course and the rest of the family is holding its own. Its own what I don’t know…. (yuck yuck yuck – it’s late, what can I say?)
I have finished the Aestlight Shawl and it came out rather nicely, if I do say so myself. And guess what? I actually decided to keep this for me. 🙂 I wore it Monday to a training in Annapolis and only one person asked me if I knit it and that was a fellow knitter:) . It makes a great neck scarf and the color is a nice grey. You can find the pattern on Ravelry or search the name here and I think I have a link to the website and the designer.
FINALLY got started on that aran type sweater I’m knitting as a Christmas gift for a friend. Good news is she NEVER reads this blog, so I think I’m safe. It’s a relatively easy pattern – Portland from A Fine Fleece – in that the charts are all 20 rows and the cabling takes place on the right side – the “wrong” you knit the knits and purl the purls. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it:)
Right now I’m at a busy point in the work week, so I haven’t had a lot of time to knit more, but it hasn’t taken much effort to get this far.
Once I’m done with this, I’m going to finish S’s “Buttony” sweater, D’s Lady February Sweater and my Daily Sweater and Sandrine. That oughtta keep me busy ’til next year:)
Well, it’s late, dear readers. Gotta get some sleep so my clients can’t claim ineffective assistance! (God forbid!)
Before I sign off for the evening:
If any of you live or work in or near the Ellicott City, MD area, the Orchestra of St. John’s is providing wonderful entertainment this Sunday in their season’s opener, “Viva Italia,” featuring Vivaldi’s Seasons, and a piano concerto by Ernst Bloch with our own Nancy Stavely as the pianist. For $15.00 per adult (children are free!!!) and free parking, this is the steal of the century! You’d be crazy not to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for a live classical music performance!
See you soon. In the meantime, God be with you ’til we meet again.