You think, uh, religion is for suckers and easy marks and molly coddlers, eh? You think Jesus was some kind of a sissy, hey? Well, let me tell you, Jesus wouldn’t be afraid to walk into this joint or any other speakeasy to preach the gospel. Jesus had guts. He wasn’t afraid of the whole Roman army. Think that quarterback’s hot stuff? Well, let me tell you, Jesus would have made the best little All-American quarterback in the history of football. Jesus was a real fighter, the best little scrapper, pound for pound, you ever saw. And why, gentlemen? Love, gentlemen. Jesus had love in both fists! And what is love? Love is the mornin’ and the evenin’ star. It shines on the cradle of the Babe. Hear ye, sinners. Love is the inspiration of poets and philosophers. Love is the voice of music. I’m talkin’ about divine love, not carnal love.
Elmer Gantry, Elmer Gantry