jesus was a community organizer

An attorney that I knew back in New Jersey, who I now believe is retired, has taken to spending his days writing letters to the editor. I’m on his email distribution list, along with all of his leftist friends, and the various media outlets he directs his output toward. Today, his letter was short and sweet – just the retelling of something that he’d heard on the radio. Anyway, I thought that you might enjoy it.

An outraged devout christian woman who spoke on the Diane Rhem show last week said:

Sarah Palin needs to remember that Jesus was a community organizer, and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

-Michael G. Busche

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13 Comments

  1. not one of the cool kids
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! I will pass it on.

    Must read:
    Huffington Post Bruce Wilson’s article about Palin’s Third Wave church.

  2. Brackache
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I dig the gist of it, and it’s funny (especially the last part), but how was Jesus a community organizer in the modern sense? He walked around and talked, personally healing people who came to him, but he didn’t organize shit except picking twelve yahoos to explain his parables to and send out to tell people about him. Feeding 5000 people w/ loaves and fishes was a spontaneous thing, not like a soup kitchen or fundraiser or get-out-the-vote for the consul or something. I don’t recall seeing any “no Gallic blood for triumphs and tribute” rallies put on by liberal Jesus either. To top it off, he lost an election to a murderer and died a humiliating, tortuous death as, in the eyes of pretty much everyone at the time, a self-deluded blasphemer. Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world and anyone trying to misuse his name for political vanity, no matter what the party, is just shortsighted and wrong.

  3. mark
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the metaphor didn’t quite fit, but I still found it an interesting thought worth sharing… And, religious stuff aside, one of the most disappointing things about Palin’s speech for me was her dismissal of community organizing as a worthwhile endeavor. Whether or not Jesus did it, I think she’s wrong.

  4. Posted September 9, 2008 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I heard that on the radio, too. What a hoot! I’ve been dropping it on people randomly. It always gets quite the reception.

  5. Brackache
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Okay. Taken in the spirit intended, it’s a good one.

  6. Robert
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    The whole concept of community organizing is a bit difficult for an Alaskan to comprehend. I can see how they might be so tempted to trivialize it.

  7. Robert
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Limited access highways are another concept Alaskans might not take too seriously.

  8. camelcamel
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Here is another list of Community Organizers
    Link to website
    1) Thomas Jefferson
    2) Susan B Anthony
    3) Mother Teresa
    4) Dr Martin Luther King Jr
    5) Gandhi
    6) Jesus
    7) Harriet Tubman
    George Washington
    9) Cesar Chavez
    10) Benjamin Franklin
    11) Zainab Salbi
    12) William Wilberforce
    13) Wilma Mankiller
    14) Tecumseh
    15) Sojourner Truth
    16) Stephen Lewis
    17) Sitting Bull
    18) Saul Alinsky
    19) Samuel Adams
    20) Romeo Dallaire
    21) Nelson Mandela
    22) Martin Luther
    23) John Lennon
    24) Joe Hill
    25) Fr James Groppi
    26) Jane Addams
    27) John Adams
    28) Harvey Milk
    29) Harriet Beecher Stowe
    30) Geronimo
    31) Frances Perkins
    32) Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    33) David Suzuki
    34) His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    35) HRH Diana, Princess of Wales
    36) Delores Huerta
    37) Dorothy Day
    38) Dennis Banks
    39) Aung San Suu Kyi
    40) Alice Paul

  9. KDR
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Saying “Jesus Was a Community Organizer” like Obama just gives credibility to the Right as they seek to uncover Obama’s Messiah complex.

    So, Obama is “The Way, The Truth, & The Life” like Jesus (John 14:6)?

    “Whoever believes in {Obama} will not die, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)?

    Jesus is the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life and the Son of God?

    Who is Obama’s “John the Baptist”? Jeremiah “The Anti-American” Wright?

  10. KDR
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    The question should have read, “Obama is the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life and the Son of God?”

    I just can’t wait for Obama to tell the storms of global warming “Peace! Be Still!”

  11. what's with that
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Obama is The One

    O-bama…..O-prah…….O-ne……..O-rgasm

    This has been brought to you by the letter “O”

  12. Caesar
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s!

    p.s. didn’t Pilate just vote “present” … like a certain Illinois legislator?

  13. Posted September 13, 2008 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Jesus didn’t organize the community — that was the job of the Zealots who sought to overthrown Rome.

    http://thekingdomcome.com/jesus_community_organizer

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