Plenty of images around the web show paintings of Jesus labeled Community Organizer. Some show the founding fathers labeled Community Organizers. Some show Aung San Suu Kyi. A few show Che Guevara. I’m not sure whose side those are on.
Every Sunday, the highest-ranking officer would cough loudly and say the letter ‘c’ for church, Zuckman writes. The prisoners would then say the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm. They used diarrhea pills mixed with cigarette ash—or charcoal or dirt—to write lines of Scripture and share them, Zuckman reports.
“We wanted to actually just have a chance to do what we felt was a fundamental human right … and we got spiritual comfort from being able to worship together,” McCain said.
McCain’s fellow prisoners eventually made him informal chaplain. Zuckman writes:
His first lesson — he doesn't like to call them sermons — recounted the biblical story of the man who asked Jesus whether he should pay taxes. Jesus replied, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's." McCain's point was that the prisoners should not pray for freedom, nor for harm to come to their captors. "What I was trying to tell my fellow prisoners is that we were doing Caesar's work when we got into prison, so we should ask for God's help to do the right thing and for us to get out of prison if it be God's will for us to do so," McCain said. "Not everybody agreed with that."