Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas Compares Obama Catholic Controversy to Silence on Nazi Germany

Feb 9, 2012
7:49 am

Dear Tim Thomas,

Please stick to playing hockey. Really. Please.

Thomas, who already faced a controversy last month when he refused to attend the White House's celebration for the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup championship, has now decided to enter the "culture war" that is has surfaced in this country with Catholics and the Obama administration.

This is what Thomas posted on his Facebook page yesterday:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."


— by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

A few things, Tim:

  • The "fight for Religious Freedom" that Thomas refers is perplexing. Is this the Roman Empire again? Are Catholics getting killed? Sent to concentration camps? A bit extreme, Tim?
  • If Thomas has an issue, you would think it would be about the whole "government shouldn't tell me what to do" issue. Does he realize that this whole Catholic thing has to do with the following: not giving employees of Catholic institutions basic health care coverage? That is all, Tim. This isn't the flipping Inquisition (oh, wait, those were Catholics persecuting Jews, our bad).

Tim, please stick to hockey. Leave the silly uniformed comments to others.