First they came for the Muslims after Martin Niemoller by Michael R. Burch
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out because I was not a Muslim.
Then they came for the homosexuals and I did not speak out because I was not a homosexual.
Then they came for the feminists and I did not speak out because I was not a feminist.
Now when will they come for me because I was too busy and too apathetic to defend my sisters and brothers?
"First they came for the Muslims" was published in Amnesty International’s "Words That Burn" anthology and is now being used as training material for budding human rights activists. My poem is an "updated" version of Martin Niemoller's famous Holocaust poem. Niemoller, a German pastor, actually supported Adolph ****** in the early going, but ended up in a **** concentration camp and nearly lost his life. So his was a true poem based on his actual life experience.