Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama's Father Pflager

First, most of James Taranto's Best of the Web post containing key " Father Pflager story" links and commentary. Then, below the star line are my brief comments.

Taranto begings - - -

Blogger Armando Llorens of the pro-Clinton site has an eye-opening video from the Trinity United Church of Christ, which remains Barack Obama's church. The video was uploaded to YouTube this past Sunday, though it is unclear if it was shot then or earlier. But to judge by the subject matter, it is quite recent.

The video features Father Michael Pfleger, with an introduction by the Rev. Otis Moss, Jeremiah Wright's successor at Trinity United. As we noted last month, the Democratic presidential front-runner described Moss as a "wonderful young pastor" after Obama renounced Wright.

Blogress Michelle Malkin has transcribed the video, in which Pfleger, described by Moss as "a friend of Trinity . . . a brother beloved . . . a preacher par excellence . . . a prophetic, powerful pulpiteer . . . our friend . . . our brother," delivers a hateful rant against Hillary Clinton:

When Hillary was crying [gesturing tears, uproarious laughter from audience]--and people said that was put-on--I really don't believe it was put-on.

I really believe that she just always thought "This is mine" [laughter, hoots]. "I'm Bill's wife. I'm white. And this is mine. And I jus' gotta get up. And step into the plate." And then out of nowhere came, "Hey, I'm Barack Obama." And she said: "Oh, damn! Where did you come from!?!?!" [Crowd going nuts, Pfleger screaming]. "I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show." [Sobs.] She wasn't the only one crying! There was a whole lotta white people cryin'!

Who is Michael Pfleger?

As we noted last month, he is a strong supporter of Louis Farrakhan and has been described as a "spiritual adviser" to Obama. He also publicly threatened the life of a Chicago businessman and, according to one report, "is known for climbing ladders to deface liquor billboards."

In his Trinity United oration, Pfleger asserted that white people have a moral obligation to surrender their assets, which, he suggested, properly belong to blacks (the video clip begins in midsentence):

--honest enough to address the one who says, "Well, don't hold me responsible [gesticulating] for what my ancestors did." But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did and unless you are ready to give up the benefits [voice rising], throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money you put into the company you walked into because yo' daddy and yo' granddaddy and yo' greatgranddaddy--[screaming at the top of his lungs]--unless you're willing to give up the benefits, then you must be responsible for what was done in your generation 'cuz you are the beneficiary of this insurance policy!
Pfleger is white. Many Illinois taxpayers are black. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the latter have been forced to subsidize the former, through the good offices of one state Sen. Barack Obama:
Mr. Obama more eagerly met the demands for spending earmarks for churches and community groups in his district, said State Senator Donne E. Trotter, then the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I know this firsthand, because the community groups in his district stopped coming to me," Mr. Trotter said.

Typical of Mr. Obama's earmarks was a $100,000 grant for a youth center at a Catholic church run by the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a controversial priest who was one of the few South Side clergymen to back Mr. Obama against [Rep. Bobby] Rush.

Father Pfleger has long worked with South Side political leaders to reduce crime and improve the community. But he has drawn fire from some quarters for defending the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and inviting him to speak at his church. Father Pfleger, who did not return calls for comment, is one of the religious leaders whose "faith testimonials" Mr. Obama has posted on his presidential campaign Web site.

We searched the Obama Web site in vain for Pfleger's endorsement.

It appears the campaign has suppressed it, although a copy appears on the Michelle Malkin page linked above.



Did Sen. Obama's campaign really surpress Father Pfleger's endorsement?

It seems the answer is: "Yes, they did."

Is that what Obama means by "Change you can believe in?"

Has the NY Times reported Rev. Jeremiah Wright's reaction to Pfleger's sermon?

Pfleger's sermon/show looked to me like a Wright knockoff, but I've only seen "the snippets."

What are Chris Matthews, John Kerry, Bill Moyers and Katie Couric saying?

And, BTW, has anyone heard from the Revs. Jackson and Sharpton?

I'll say more tomorrow.

In the meantime, what do you think?


TombZ said...

You say Pflager
I say Pfleger
Let's 'hope' Obama calls the whole thing off

Jim in San Diego said...

A politician has to carry the baggage of his/her supporters. Hopefully, if elected, a politician will choose to govern, not reward. However, once elected, it is too late for the electorate to have a say in this type of behavior.

It is troubling that Mr. Obama seems willing to embrace the seamiest of political practices, such as "Earmarks", to reward his supporters.

Some earmarks are so outrageous they should be crimes. In general, they are loved by all but a few Congressman, as free money to generate support for their reelection.

It is my understanding that Mr. McCain is one of a small handful of members of Congress (six or so)who have refused to accept earmarks.

On this issue, then, Mr. McCain is the candidate of change, not Mr. Obama.

One has to be concerned that, should Mr. Obama become President, he will use the opportunity to reward his supporters, as he has done as Senator.

Ominously, a number of these supporters appear extraordinarily antagonistic towards America, and towards the Caucasian race, which is the majority of us.

How can a President govern America while relying on such supporters?

Jim Peterson

Anonymous said...

I imagine this new video of another insane Obama spiritual advisor, sent more that shivers down Chris Matthews leg!

But wait, Obama threw Pfleger under the bus two weeks ago, and that makes everything copasetic, right?

I think Pfleger went too far this time, he looks like a lunatic. Surely the Catholic Church cannot let this go on any longer.

It was sad to see the church members around him though, it is difficult to keep making excuses for open hatred of any kind.

Anonymous said...

In the good old days, the Roman Catholic Church would have defrocked and silenced Pfleger. He's a Wright knock-off alright, and a race hustler wannabe Black. I have always been amazed at how Black churches get away with openly politicking from the pulpit; if a predominantly White church started putting on McCain rallies every Sunday, do you think the New York Slimes would remain silent? Do you think the Democrats wouldn't demand a Congressional inquiry?
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

I know the answer to my question, "because it is a predominately black church," but why doesn't the IRS investigate the overt political nature of Trinity United Church. I would think that the church should long ago have forfeited its tax exempt status.

Anonymous said...

John -

"Father" Pfleger and the "Reverend" Wright are side-shows, albeit rather nasty side-shows. The much more serious associations are with the extreme leftist/socialist/communist group, ACORN, and with the domestic terrorists, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn (and who knows who else there is).

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

Jack in SS: I was a Military Intelligence Special
Agent on the streets in Chicago when the Weatherman Faction of the SDS, led by Bernardine Rae Dohrn (note correct spelling of first name), and William Ayers, trashed the north side of Chicago and seriously injured an attorney with the State's Attorney Office. I had personal contact with Dohrn and your description of her is right on the money. She is a Stalinist type Communist who would gladly commit genocide if she thought it necessary. I can't speak for Ayers, but I assume he's cut from the same cloth as Dohrn. Their association with Mr. Obama is extremely troubling to anyone who isn't blinded by the ideological mesmerism practiced by Mr. Obama and his courtiers.I say "Yes, he should be judged by his associates."
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

Pfleger is identified in Wikipedia as a "German-American." He speaks with an accent in normal conversation, but when he preaches, he miraculously turns into a fire-breathin' Black preacher as we can see on the video clip. It's telling that he has found that the Black congregants apparently don't want the "peace, love, and brotherhood" stuff that Christian preachers usually spout. Instead, they prefer to bad-mouth and humiliate "Whitey" and push the Black Power agenda. That Mr. Obama sat for twenty years in the congregation and absorbed this garbage without offering his disapproval is also telling. He talks about "One Nation," but obviously accepts the separatism of Wright and Pfleger. Christianity? Hardly.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

Please do not forget that the President selects Supreme Court Justices who serve for LIFE! Steve in New Mexico

Anonymous said...

TH via JnC -

Thanks for give me the correct spelling. (Now let's see if I can remember it.)

Jack in Silver Spring