(WWJB) What Would Jesus Be?
Last week Congressman Steve Cohen appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and explained his comments on the House Floor where he stated, "Jesus was a community organizer." It was Cohen's attempt, graceful attempt in my view, to respond to the distasteful comments made by Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention.
Both Giuliani and Palin mocked Senator Obama's years as a community organizer all the while the audience of Republicans laughed. I sat and watched this sad spectacle and asked myself, "What would Jesus be if he came back to Earth?"
I have spent the last 15 years of my life as a community organizer. I remember being part of a group that went house to house in 100 plus degree weather to deliver fliers to residents telling them about a refinery that was polluting the air with dangerous chemicals. I remember getting my chain saw after Hurricanes Elvis and joining my friends as we went around the neighborhood helping to clear away downed branches. I recall sitting through hundreds and hundreds of community meetings where average citizens practiced the fundamental right of a democracy and that is the right to peacefully assemble. Everyday community organizers go out among the poor and give of their time and energy to help make the world a little better.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Jesus came back to Earth he would be a community organizer. I and thousands more like me are proud of the work we do. To those Republicans that decided to make fun of our work, let's see who will be laughing after November 4th.