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Community Organisers

Written by Peter Johnston on .

Jesus was a community organiser

I ordered the T-shirt above yesterday... looking forward to its arrival! It says:

Jesus was a community organiser
Pontius Pilate was a governor

Why? It's in response to the sarcastic criticism of people who dedicate their lives to helping people in communities of need that was heard issuing from the mouths of Rudy Guiliani and Governor Palin in the USA a week or so ago. In their speeches they both mocked and literally laughed at community organisers. It caused huge resentment in the poorest communities in the USA and anger amongst those who try to work as community organisers.

What was it that Jesus said about how we treat "the least of these"?

In case you don't know, Obama worked as a community organiser before moving into politics. He tried to help the poorest people in the inner city of Chicago to make a better life for themselves... and was mocked for it.