Jesus Was A Community Organizer, Pontius Pilate Was A Governor

“Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a Governor” According to a post by Andrew Golis, at least half a dozen folks have been cited for that quote.

Yeah! Bring it on. More defenses of my vocation, community organizing:

Ezra Klein, American Prospect:

“Community organizer isn’t being used to describe a job but a background. Obama organized poor black people. Helped channel their anger and grievances and anxieties. That’s change you can fear.”

Time’s Joe Klein:

So here is what Giuliani and Palin didn’t know: Obama was working for a group of churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. They hired Obama to help those stunned people recover and get the services they needed–job training, help with housing and so forth–from the local government. It was, dare I say it, the Lord’s work–the sort of mission Jesus preached (as opposed to the war in Iraq, which Palin described as a “task from God.”)

Christopher Hayes, The Nation:

But one of the (many) attacks Palin leveled last night was part of a broader GOP push against Obama’s years as a community organizer. I even heard Newt Gingrich on Fox the other day claiming that Obama was “wandering around the south side.” You know, like a homeless person, or something. I suppose it’s not surprising that Republican politicians aren’t enthused about community organizers since often they’re the ones who are getting their ass kicked by them.

Adam Serwer, American Prospect:

Community organizers aren’t just those rabble-rousers who help keep people from getting evicted or protest police brutality — they’re basically the ordinary people across the political spectrum who to try hold government accountable to its citizens. Mocking that really shows how much contempt the party has for ordinary people. Republicans look down their noses at alleged “elites” while directing their anger at community organizers, who actually live and work among the people politicians only pay attention to when they’re looking for votes.

Micah Sifry, TechPresident:

An old friend of mine, Janice Fine, is a veteran community organizer, and she uses the following role-play when she teaches other organizers how to organize. She pulls a person from the audience and then starts pushing them aggressively, while asking the person and the audience, “What do you do when you’re being pushed around by a bully? What do you do? Huh?” Sooner or later someone answers, “You get your friends to help fight back.” And a few people walk up to help push Janice back. That’s what’s happening now. Sarah Palin’s elevation first generated a big response for McCain, but the Republican attacks on the heart of Obama’s campaign — community organizing — is going to foster a huge response. I predict Obama will raise $10 million online today and tomorrow.
Welcome to the Thunderdome.

UPDATE: The NYTimes Caucus blog is reporting that Obama has already raised $8 million and is on track to raise $10M by tonight. With 130,000 people kicking in, that’s about $61 per donation, on average.

12 thoughts on “Jesus Was A Community Organizer, Pontius Pilate Was A Governor

  1. Glad to see you’ve been posting up a storm about Palin’s (and Giuliani’s) utterly idiotic and childish insult.

    Though actually I wish Obama had not left the door open for anyone to think they could get away with such a comment. I’ve disagreed with the Obama campaign’s approach and always thought they should have modeled his candidacy around his community organizing experience, not around his biography and family background. I’ve felt they haven’t done that. Oh well, better late than never!


  2. Thanks! Obama is nothing if not calculating and I don’t think he saw an advantage to promoting his organizing background–witness his initial comments about it being something he did years ago, just out of college.

    Where he has plugged organizing into his campaign is his volunteer structure, social networking website and organizer training for all regional staff. It’s not visible, but it’s there.

    However, now that the R’s made it an issue–he can run with it. It’s hard to defend an attack on working to help others–isn’t that what McSame has been prattling on about in St. Paul?


  3. For anyone to even try to compare Obama to Jesus is wrong on all levels. Obama will not nor will he ever come close to walking in the path of Jesus Christ. Jesus was so far above community organizing! Jesus was a King! Not a community orgo! What a crock of shit!


  4. Don’t forget, elected officials get paid while community organizers are often volunteers. Even the organizers who draw a salary are disproportionately underpaid.


  5. Along the same lines it would also work to remember: “Moses was a Community Organizer; Pharaoh was a Governor.” – Chris Lieberman


  6. hmm..the biggest COMMUNITY organizing ORGANIZATION…ACORN..

    who, refuses, despite multiple lawsuits from their employees to even pay MINIMUM WAGE..

    and dont even start investigating ACORN’s convictions for voter fraud..


    Welcome to COMMIELAND!!!


  7. According to the bible of radical wackoos Sal Alinsky, states that Lucifer was the first community organizer. I guess Barrack Hussein is in good company. Jesus never led a protest. He willing submitted to the authority of the abusive Roman government. If you believe He was a community organizer, you’re just being blasphemous. By the way Clinton, Reagan, Roosevelt, Wilson, etc., WERE Governors. Palin is in good company.


  8. What a piece of work these people are. Obama and your network of idiots……..get a clue………… cannot compare yourself to Christ the King, the Lord of Lords, or really anyone important. Humble yourself and be who you are. You are not that qualified or that great of a man to even compare yourself to other intelligent leaders let alone the perfect Son of God. You guys are scary.


  9. It managed to annoy the heck out of Rush Limbaugh, so I say we all order a button!

    Here’s Rush’s rant on the topic:

    And here’s that exact button on CafePress:

    Oh, and the people ranting about comparing Obama to Jesus? Well, this saying simply points out that Obama is following Jesus’ example. That’s the core of Christianity, isn’t it?


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