Sen. Barack Obama is dealing with yet another screed from a long-time associate and preacher, Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest. In the video below, Pfleger attacks Hillary Clinton and notions of white entitlement. It is yet another example of the perils of faith-based politics now practiced by both the Republicans and Democrats. What is most annoying, however, are these religious leaders who pander to racial hatred or intolerance — only to immediately apologize when those words become public.
On the video below, Pfleger says:
When Hillary was crying … I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white. And this is mine. Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey I’m Barack Obama’. And she said, ‘Oh damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show’!” . . . She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying … I’m sorry. I don’t wanna get you in any more trouble. The live streaming just went out again. . . . America has been raping people of color and America has to pay the price for the rape. “
Obama’s connections to Pfleger go back for years, including contributions from him and earmarks from Obama worth $100,000 earmark for the ARK Community Center, a center attached to Pfleger’s St. Sabina church.
In his mea cupla, Pfleger says the following:
“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.”
This stuff always reminds me of the statements one hears at sentencing hearings. I do not see any hesitation in Rev. Pfleger when he was being roundly applauded in this church. I do not believe it is far to blame Obama who has rightly denounced the comments. The Wright matter had more of a connection. However, people like Rev. Wright and Rev. Pfleger are doing their very best to guarantee that we do not see the first black president in our history. It is incredibly ironic and could prove incredibly tragic for the many Americans who want to see Obama elected. I only wish that such scandals would make Obama, McCain, and Clinton re-think the role of faith-based programs and attestations in their respective campaigns.
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