[Sally Quinn]: What do you think about the question of ‘What would Jesus do?’ How would Jesus have responded to [the Occupy Wal Street] movement? Who was the real Jesus in your mind?
[Cornel West]: The Jesus who went into Jerusalem, straight to the temple and ran the marketeers out of the temple, said ‘you will not transform this house of prayer into a house of thieves.’ That constitutes the very deed that led toward his crucifixion. And of course the temple at that time was a combination of Wall Street, the White House, and Hollywood. All three were inextricably intertwined in those days, the economic power, the cultural power as well as the political power. He had the courage to go at all three simultaneously.
–Princeton religion professor and democratic socialist activist Cornel West in an interview with the Washington Post‘s Sally Quinn