May 29, 2008

fr. michael pfleger set to be latest embarrassment for obama campaign

Let me start off by saying Pfleger is an embarrassment and should have been removed from the priesthood ages ago, he is an embarrassment to the Catholic church, and the impotent response to this tool from the church leadership has been embarrassing.

In any case, some background on the not-so-good reverend.  In the early 90's, Pfleger and his parishioners pushed out shops selling drug paraphernalia.  Fine, and it sounds great, but for every thing that Pfleger does that may be good, there is tendency to dip into thuggish behavior on others, when taken with his rhetoric, it shows his true nature as an authoritarian Marxist. 

After the parish drove out these shops, they then moved to pushing out alcohol and tobacco ads. Which would be fine if he had stopped at boycotts and social pressure, but when the advertisers wouldn't leave, he and his parishioners took to vandalizing billboards and signs.  And of course, because this is the Soviet of Chicago, which is a city of men, not of law, he was acquitted.  After that, the City of Chicago moved to ban tobacco and alcohol ads in select neighborhoods in a nearly unanimous motion. 

Perhaps the most infamous of Michael Pfleger's antics is his continued harassment and death threat(link to audio in that post) against a gun shop owner.  In his threat, Pfleger stated the following,

"We're going to find you and snuff you out. Like a rat you're going to hide. But like a rat, we're going to catch you and pull you out."

Then consider this line from Pfleger, during his efforts to go after rappers who use vulgar lyrics(emphasis mine),

"When you disrespect women and you continue to demean a community or race by names and by language, that's unacceptable. . . . We can kill with our words."

Pfleger has pretty much been free to do as he wants, the Cardinal of Chicago refuses to crack down on this dirtbag, beyond a few weak slaps on the wrist for some of Pfleger's most egregious behavior, he has been absolutely impotent in his handling of Pfleger. 

This guy is going to be every bit the goldmine of choice quotes as Wright was.  He's probably as nutty as Wright, and much more aggressive.  Allah has a few video clips, and I'm guessing there are plenty more where that came from.  I hope the GOP uses these to full effect, Pfleger and Obama go way back (H/T), not as close as Obama's relationship with Wright, but this guy and his big fat mouth will be handy.

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