Smith forms union, goes on strike

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - 10:27 am PST

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith sought solidarity with his fellow workers this week by forming a labor union. Upon formation the seven-member Bible Illustrators Local 1 declared a general strike until the union’s demands are met by management concerning higher wages, health insurance, and paid vacations. Smith could be seen this morning in a picket line outside his own home, carrying a sign reading “The Bible isn’t going to illustrate itself.” Smith, who claims to work directly for God, says he can hold out “for weeks if necessary.” His employer remains unavailable for comment.