But many of them profess to follow a man who had sharp words for the elites - the "haves" - of his day. For those who would exploit the poor for their own benefit, for those who sided with the forces of oppression and empire, this man had no words of praise, but many of condemnation.
Here are those words, courtesy Pasolini's Gospel according to Matthew (the words come straight from the text):
President Obama and ladies and gentleman of the house and the senate: with whom do you stand? The elites who defend the power structure? The corrupt who exploit the poor for personal gain? Or do you dare to stand with that social revolutionary critic of all systems of domination and exploitation that you profess allegiance to?
Your actions regarding health care reform this summer will let us know where you really stand ... which side you really fight for.