"....On Wednesday, Thomas Facebook page again created some news, as the Bruins goaltender issued an unsolicited statement in support of Catholics.
I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom, Thomas wrote, followed by a quote from Martin Niemoller.
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a Communist, Niemollers quote begins. Then they came for the Jews, and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didnt speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Its likely Thomas is referencing the ongoing debate regarding the Obama administrations decision to require religious organizations like hospitals and schools to provide free birth control to employees. The decision has been opposed strongly, with Christianity Today writing an open letter that used the same Niemoller quotes to illustrate its point...."
So making available birth control is .....denying freedoms?
This follows his public snub of President Obama at the traditional meeting at the White House for the winning Stanley Cup team. The reason he gave for this?
I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government,
A multi-millionaire teabagger professional sports star. What is particularly appalling is his co-opting of Neimoller's famous quote which spoke about the creeping fascism of Nazi Germany.....to criticize a freedom of choice issue, on the side of NO choice. Not to mention the veiled implication of the present federal government with Nazi Germany.
This story is an example of how insidieous this poisonous fear based idiocy can spread to all professions and incomes.