I’m not sure what started the most recent meme amongst Democrats, but this new meme that “you know who else was a community organizer, Jesus Christ. Oh yeah, and Pontius Pilate was a governor” is beyond insane. I believe I read that this was first started on Daily Kos by some diarist over there, but it has quickly spread to the rest of the DNC. Here are a couple of examples of this meme getting pushed around (via the DNC fax outlet I’d gather).

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., feels liberated to come on the House floor and say that “Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate a governor.” He said this on the floor of Congress, unbelievable!

We also have Donna Brazille with this nugget of wisdom:

First of all, I don’t think they understand the role of a community organizer, often to help people who are in distress, they’ve lost their jobs, they’ve lost their homes, they’ve lost their health care. And for many of us, it’s a time honored tradition to give back, especially those who have been rewarded with so much.

The Bible says to whom much is given much is required and it comes out of that tradition. So it was insulting to see both, you know, the governor as well as Mayor Giuliani criticize people. There’s some on the Internet now that Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor. And perhaps they should understand the role of a community organizer, do help people in distress.

First, I would challenge the notion that either of these two liberals could even tell you where to find a Bible, the thought that either one of them has actually read it is hilarious. Second, the right wing conspiracy already mocks the left because we all think you guys worship Obama as if he is the Messiah, this repeated meme only reinforces that notion.

Finally, the notion that Jesus Christ was a Community Organizer is flat out wrong. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the Redeemer of mankind. Jesus Christ died, but more importantly lived so that mankind could be free of the shackles of sin. He was as much as a community organizer as Adolph Hitler was a community organizer. However, Christ’s message is the antithesis of “community organizing.” Growing up in Illinois I am well familiar with this time honored tradition of community organizing. We had another name for it, professional rabble rousing. Christ’s message was one of turn the other cheek, forgiveness, love thy neighbor. Let us not confuse community organizing with charity for thy brother, the two are not the same thing. Community organizing is often times very confrontational, but more importantly it is concerned with “what can we get for our group” to the exclusion of other groups. You had different groups essentially competing for limited services and goods (namely government subsidies) and this often leads to other then Christ-like behavior. Please note, I am not questioning if Obama’s intentions, I’m sure he wanted to help his community. I am questioning how effective he was and I’m am denying that the position of community organizer and Jesus Christ have anything in common.

Also, this notion that “Pontius Pilate was a governor” as a sly (not so sly) jab at Sarah Palin, who is also a governor is also absurd. In fact Obama has more in common with Pilate because both are essentially famous for voting “present.”