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LETTERS

Assault on truth

Although some of your readers will suggest, perhaps with some justification, that I am going too far I am compelled to draw their attention to the post-war words (by necessity here paraphrased) of the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller.

“First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out. Then they came for the socialists, then the trade unionists and then the Jews and I did not speak out. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Niemöller’s words were directed not only at German intellectuals but at those clergy who remained silent on the Nazi’s incremental purging of group after group.

The point I am making is obvious but perhaps less so is my directing it at our clergy.

I understand, while not approving of, their reluctance to get involved in politics but I am convinced that they must, in these exceptional times, play their role, without fear and before it is too late, in combatting the current abuse of our representative parliamentary democracy in the name of Brexit.

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