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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Oops, Pfleger does it again

HT to Allah at Hot Air

The audio is HERE and while it's not particularly inflammatory, he does seem to forget the promise he made to Cardinal George:

"To avoid months of turmoil in the church, Father Pfleger has promised me that he will not enter into campaigning," George said in a statement. "[He] will not publicly mention any candidate by name and will abide by the discipline common to all Catholic priests.

Really? He won't mention them by name? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but yes, Fr. Pfleger did it again this morning. This is the relevant area of the transcript which begins about 15 minutes into the sermon:

Listen to me graduates, family ... there are a lot of people that would like to control you. ::taps microphone:: Probably didn't hear me there in the back because these adults want to act like they got it altogether, you know that. I said there's a lot of people that will seek and would love to control you -- to pull you and pull your strings like you're their little puppet. And they want to make you who they want you to be. So they try to distract you. And while you're trying to focus on your destiny, and focus on your purpose, and focus on your divine plan, they will try to distract you and pull you into their madness.

We just saw this in a real public way, in this whole presidential election. Young man by the name of Barack -- what's his last name?

(Not Pfleger) Obama?

Oh, Obama. I couldn't remember. He got a vision. He's talking about where America need to go. He's talking how to turn the page without old politics and have a new way, everybody in the tent, everybody talking to one another, and while he's trying to pull it, people are trying to distract him. 'Are you black enough?' (Laughs) Stand on 35th Street. Trying to distract him. Young woman running for presi -- what's her name? Hill-top, or what's her name? Oh, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary. Hill-born, Hill-top. Talkin' 'bout 'White folk ain't gonna vote for him.' She must not have been to Iowa. Trying to distract him. Talkin' 'bout, well what did your preacher say? Hillary and McCain would wish they had a preacher with the integrity of a Jeremiah Wright. They wished they'd have a brother who would stand up and tell it like it is and not be ashamed or apologetic. They got some old weak preacher. (condescending tone) 'Jesus loves you.' Some ol' Joel Osteen, cotton-candy preacher sayin'. Ah now I got all the Olsteen people mad at me, but that's all right. 'Jesus loves you,' I know He does, but there's some stuff wrong in my life. 'Everything's wonderful.' No everything ain't wonderful. I am who I am, and I ain't making apologies.

First off, he names both Hillary Clinton and John McCain in the sermon. Then, he makes a mocking reference to the pastor that presided over the services Bill and Chelsea Clinton participated in on 2 March. What really got my goat was the mocking condescension the first time he mentions "Jesus loves you." Unlike Jeremiah Wright, who preaches bigotry and conspiracy theories, the idea that Jesus loves us is the central tenet of the New Testament.

If Cardinal George wants to send a message to Pfleger, then it's time he was removed and transferred elsewhere within the Catholic community. He's going to continue this sort of rhetoric, no matter what the Cardinal says, and no matter how many promises he makes. He keeps breaking his word. That, in and of itself, shows that Pfleger lacks any sort of real integrity as a pastor of a church.

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