A word to Congress: “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers …”

Guess who said this:

I like talking about people who don’t have any power. And it seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask them to leave. And that seems like an interesting contradiction to me. And, you know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers … these seem like the least of our brothers, right now. And I know that a lot of people are the least of my brothers because the economy is so hard, and I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish it or anything like that, but migrant workers suffer, and they have no rights.

If you’re observant, you’ll be able to glean from the video below that it wasn’t an immigrant rights or social justice advocate, it wasn’t a pastor or an organizer. This was Stephen Colbert, comedian and satirist, stepping briefly out of character while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.

And Colbert, a Catholic, answered the final question addressed to him by quoting Jesus in Matthew 25.

Justin

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One thought on “A word to Congress: “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers …”

  • 24 September, 2010 at 7:00 pm
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    Yeah, I just listed to him say that during the Q & A. Didn’t really seem like he was playing his character when he said it. As if the question came, he didn’t have writers, and he answered like he meant it. Really interesting. I thought Congresspersons Sanchez, Chu and Lofgren made strong points for CIR.

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