Have you ever been in a group of people where you felt you were completely different from everyone else in the room? Did those around you have different politics or religious beliefs or skin color? Did it cross your mind that they might feel justified putting you to death for your differences?
Wednesday, January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (http://tinyurl.com/yfdgykv). It was on this day in 1945 that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern
Polish citizens, mostly Christians, were killed for their land. Black youth were sterilized and Romanian Gypsies were slain because of their racial inferiority. Jehovah Witnesses were forced to wear purple armbands and imprisoned because they refused to take a pledge of loyalty to the Third Reich. Gay men were forced to wear pink triangles and sent to concentration camps for their sexual orientation. The list goes on and on-- trade unionists, resistance fighters, Social Democrats, Communists, Soviet POWs.
Could you have been slated for imprisonment, torture or death because of an undesirable difference? Could you today?
Undesirable differences are usually defined by the majority, or those who are desirably the same. One’s status as a member of that majority can change quite rapidly for any number of reasons. What if it becomes your politics or religious beliefs or skin color that becomes suspect? It’s happened in
Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference (http://www.msrlc.org)
Raindrop Turkish House-Jackson, MS Branch (http://tinyurl.com/yk4eqjd)
Habitat for Humanity-Metro Jackson (http://tinyurl.com/yzrxpdd)
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