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Guest Post by Moin Rahman: “First they came for the Night Clubs”

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This is a guest post by Moin Rahman:

To all my friends who are “moderate” believers/practitoners of their religions and faiths, specially in South Asian countries (India/Pakistan) and rest of the world, including the US. This with a hat tip to the protestant pastor, Martin Niemöller, whose words from his time in Nazi Germany that I repurpose here.

“First they came for the Night Clubs, and I did not speak out–
Because I didn’t frequent night clubs.

Then they came for the Liquor Shops, and I did not speak out–
Because I was a teetotaler.

Then they came for the supposed blasphemous books, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not interested in critical literature.

Then they came for the rap music, and I did not speak out–
Because I always listened to devotional songs.

Then they came for the minorities, and I did not speak out–
Because I belonged to the majority community.

Then they came for the hijab / mangala sutra non-wearers, and I did not speak out–
Because out of “personal” beliefs, not peer pressure, I always wore one.

Then they came for me–because I wanted to be a literate, independent woman, and proud of my womanhood — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Moin Rahman is a cognitive scientist and aspires to be a citizen of the world. In personal life, he uses science to understand the physical world, stoic philosophy to live the well examined, virtuous life, Eastern meditative practice to nourish his mind and and Greco-Roman athletics to condition his body.

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Written by Caleb Powell

May 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

Posted in Islam, Religion

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