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Push Past and Love More

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Niemöller

Last year my child hung a transgender and pansexual flag on his bedroom door. I pushed past the door and sat at the edge of his bed. He shared his truth and I listened. I could feel my heart pounding. I thought I had loved this kid with every cell of my being, but in that moment my heart busted open. I was struck still at how brave he was. And in that moment I somehow loved him even more.

Now because I am a bit of a narcissistic (they have not created a flag for that yet!) I thought to myself, “how can I be more brave, vulnerable and honest in my life?”

The current ruling is not just un-American, but from a strategic point, it is not the wisest plan.

If I were in a war I would round up all the transgender people, all the immigrants, all the under paid women all those who have been demoralized and marginalized, and I would have them lead. These are the folks who have already been through hell. These are the bravest among us.

I pray that this administration is helping us all learn how to open doors and love more.

PS: Loving your neighbor as yourself is a complete lesson. There were no addendums, stipulations, conditions or exceptions added.

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Maureen MuldoonPush Past and Love More

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