Sep 13, 2008

Jesus Was No 'Community Organizer'

By Joseph Farah

Democratic Party officials have gone too far this time.

They're not just calling Sarah Palin a pig with lipstick, now they're doing the following:

• equating Barack Obama with Jesus Christ;
• demeaning Jesus as a "community organizer";
• comparing Palin with Pontius Pilate.

And it's not just Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., shooting off his mouth so carelessly and insensitively. It is also former Democratic presidential campaign manager Donna Brazile, now a CNN political commentator and a columnist for Roll Call.

In case you missed it, Cohen said in a House floor speech Wednesday, "[I]f you want change, you want the Democratic Party. Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister prayed about; Pontius Pilate was a governor."

Brazile also characterized Jesus as a "community organizer" several days ago.

Let me make one thing clear – as an actually believer in Jesus: "Jesus was not a "community organizer." Jesus is the Son of God, the Lord of the universe, the savior of humanity.

Demeaning Jesus as a "community organizer" is an insult to every Christian believer in the world. But, more importantly, it is a reckless, blasphemous and profane attack on the Divine Person who sits at the right hand of God the Father.

I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of anyone who throws around such mischaracterizations of the Living God for political gain.

Further, the allusions to Barack Obama as being Christ-like are more than some of us can take. Jesus never justified the killing of unborn children and the intentional, deliberate murder of those who miraculously survived abortions, as Barack Obama has. Jesus never advocated indoctrinating kindergarten children with "comprehensive sex education," even against the will of their parents, as has Barack Obama. Jesus never sat at the feet of an immoral, ungodly teacher like Jeremiah Wright.

And what about the comparison between Palin and Pilate? What's the connection? Well, they were both governors, after all. My count shows there are some 28 Democratic governors in the United States, not counting the American territories. Are they all Pilates, too?

Since Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket, the fortunes of Barack Obama and Joe Biden have faded. The desperation being shown by Democratic officials is palpable in the wake of polls suggesting a major turnaround has taken place.

But there is no excuse for this kind of degrading verbal abuse, this kind of outrageous, offensive scorn, this kind of derisive, derogatory taunt.

It's amazing that this is the party that constantly talks about a new brand of politics – one absent the personal attacks, one focused on the important issues facing Americans.

What a joke!

Fortunately, the desperation shows – and it is not appealing to the public.

But it's not enough to make Obama pay for this. It's time to make the Democratic Party pay.

Every two years Americans have a chance, theoretically anyway, to elect 435 new members of the House of Representatives. We have that opportunity again Nov. 4. There is also a chance to turn over 35 Senate seats.

I know all about "safe" districts. I know all about gerrymandering. I know all about the obstacles to overcoming incumbency. But bigger odds have been overcome in American history. We've faced much tougher challenges. Stop whining about how it's impossible to make a difference and get to work making a difference.

The Democratic Party obviously doesn't believe in miracles. It believes only in "community organizing." I do believe in miracles. If you agree with me, I suggest we pray fervently between now and Nov. 4 for God to remove all the unworthy officials from Congress this year – starting with Steve Cohen of Tennessee.