To sin by silence when they should speak makes cowards of great men. ~Abraham Lincoln
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~Elie Wiesel
You may or may not have heard for the Kermit Gosnell case. The media has had little to say about one of the more gruesome cases in history. He and his staff performed late term abortions, which in certain cases resulted in live births. These babies were then viciously murdered by severing their spinal cord. For more information, look here: http://solofemininity.blogs.com/posts/2013/04/the-gosnell-tragedy.html (Links from this piece to articles from many other sources)
If I were to be completely honest, I’d prefer the ease of ignoring this exists, that there would be such horrors happening today. Yet, one look at this past week’s events tells us that we cannot ignore that evil exists. And, though we may prefer to avoid conflict and remain ‘neutral', it is impossible. Where and when we can, we must defend the voiceless, the hapless. There are times when we must speak.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty of the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the End, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~Martin Luther king, Jr.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein