Call to Action — This is Our Duty

Honestly, there are so many absurdities and atrocities going on now that I feel my head may explode trying to process it all. And, the more I take in the more I feel that we are teetering on the precipice of a darkness not seen since the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. You may scoff and say that can’t happen here, but I would challenge that assumption in the prevailing atmosphere of hate and anger fostered by the current occupant of the White House and his supporters.

I just saw today where Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers on HGTV posted his support of the Women’s Marches on his Facebook page and received numerous hateful responses. Fortunately, most comments were positive, but it’s still alarming that there are so many people who harbor such ill will toward women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees!

Another assault has been unleashed against an at-risk population with the Trump administration’s new policies regarding refugees and immigrants, which are pretty draconian. It is an attack on what American can and should stand for in a world of conflict and persecution.

Immigrants and refugees from everywhere, and their descendants, built this country.  If not for them, we wouldn’t even be here! Many arrived at Ellis Island (pictured at right). They all came here and found a home, many having to fight for survival and respect along the way. It wasn’t easy, but they did it because they had a chance!

One has to wonder if Donald Trump, a New York City resident, ever bothered to visit the Statue of Liberty and read the words at her base.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Now, I will grant you that we have not always lived up to that promise, especially when the Jewish people were looking to escape Nazi Germany before the Holocaust. And now, Trump marks the observance of the Holocaust by closing America’s borders not just to the many immigrants and refugees, but to hope!

First, he wants to build a wall to keep out the Mexicans. Then he bans Muslims from a number of countries, while saying he will give a preference to Christians! That’s an insult to all Americans who believe in liberty and justice. And it sure as “hell” is not Christian in its approach.

If we allow this to go unchallenged, then the terrorists and the fascists win. And we lose! Is it not enough that we confined Native Americans to reservations, brought Africans over as slaves, confined Japanese Americans in internment camps,  and refused entry to many Jews condemning them to the Holocaust? Enough!!!

Those of us who believe in the promise of America, human rights and the Christian principles of “love thy neighbor” and “do unto to others as you would have them do unto you” have a duty to do whatever we can to right this wrong.

I am reminded of a quote by Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). He was a protestant pastor who opposed Hitler and ended up spending 7 years in a concentration camp.

“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.”

You can read more about Martin Niemöller here.

So take action NOW by contacting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), your elected representatives, and your church, synagogue or mosque. Also, please share this blog with others!

Be the voice of hope and the welcoming arms of freedom!

Let the R.A.I.N. wash away the hate so love can grow!

The Divine Miss Bri

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The Divine Miss Bri

I am a freelance writer, actor, director, transwoman and activist with a passion for equality for all. My background is in advertising and media, including stints as a copywriter, account supervisor, radio program director, radio news director/anchor/reporter and radio air personality.

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