Jesus is a liberal democrat

Stephen Colbert tells it like it is, almost crossing over from satire to sincerity in doing so:

If this is gonna be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition, and then admit we just don’t want to do it.

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.

Links of the Day, October 7

Happy birthday, Barcode! Also, baseball playoffs start today–go Dodgers!

News

Health care

  • Fox News’ Shep Smith schools Rep. John Barrasso (WY) on the public option–I’m generally not a huge fan of Fox News, but Shep Smith is one redeeming feature.
  • If you had five minutes to tell me why a public option is a good thing …

Human trafficking

Finance reform

Miscellaneous