Apparently not content with one major social statement, in which he snubbed the President of the United States during the Boston Bruins' championship celebration last month, B's star goaltender Tim Thomas has stepped up to bat against another issue. This time, it's related to the Catholic church (via Thomas' Facebook page).
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....
Get ready, Timmy. Like your last statement, this one may be met with a lot of negativity. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see a professional athlete speak his mind on social and political issues instead of sticking to his or her respective sport.