Obama-Supporting Catholic Priest Thinks White People Should Give Up 401(k) Accounts to Make Amends for Slavery [UPDATED]
(Hat tip: The Cranky Conservative)
We all remember the Catholic priest who Sharptonesquely called for the "snuffing out" of Chicago gun shop owners, right? Well, "Fr. Flakey" is back in the news, this time doing his best Jeremiah Wright impersonation:
Sound like many white people you know? Yeah, me either.
This YouTube is now being sent to me by many readers. I'll have a transcript in a moment, but it features one of Obama's close friends, Fr. Michael Pfleger, preaching at Trinity United. This seems like an oddly-timed sequel to the Wright brouhaha, as we now have another Obama mentor giving a strikingly similar message.
UPDATE: Much like written words don't do justice to Jeremiah Wright's sermons, the video must be watched to be believed...I must now to address the one who says, 'don't hold me responsible 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 — Throw away your 401 fund! [sic] Throw away your trust fund! Throw away all the money that been put away in the company you walked into 'cause your daddy and your granddaddy and your great grandaddy —(emphasis added)
But wait, there's more:
... [garbled] expose white entitlement. And supremacy, wherever it raises its head. I said before, I really don't want ot make this political, because you know I'm really very unpolitical...(emphasis added)
Imitating Hillary's response, screaming at the top of his lungs again, he continues, 'Ah, 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!
[read the whole thing and watch the video].
As Jim Geraghty notes, "The argument that 401(k) accounts are inherent representations of white supremacy will be news to many, many Americans."
Uhhh, Cardinal George, I'm certainly not here to tell you how to do your job; but at some point you really ought to do something about this nutcase.
Elizabeth Scalia (aka The Anchoress) also has a post on this subject over at InsideCatholic.
Also at Creative Minority Report.
Obama “disappointed,” Pfleger “deeply sorry” for comments about Hillary
Wouldn’t you know it, not only is Obama surprised to find his friend of 20 years spouting the sort of rhetoric for which he’s famous in Chicago for spouting, but Pfleger himself sounds surprised. Amazing how much he and his circle of confidants managed to miss about their own behavior over the past few, er, decades.Obama is, once again, shocked, shocked. I can't say it any better than this:
[Read the whole thing]
Funny how these longtime acquaintances of [Obama's] keep “surprising” him with incendiary racial rhetoric.And here's the Pfleger endorsement of Obama that has apparently been "disappeared" from the Obama website:
UPDATE #4 (30 May)
Fr. James Martin, S.J., writing at the America Magazine group blog In All Things, reflects on what was most offensive about Pfleger's remarks:
... But there is a much simpler reason why the sermon was so unchristian: because it was uncharitable. Even when confronted the most unrepentant of sinners, Jesus of Nazareth never mocked, but only showed compassion, and gave people the benefit of the doubt. Or, as St. Ignatius of Loyola said in his sixteenth-century classic, the Spiritual Exercises, "Every good Christian is to be more ready to save his neighbor's proposition than to condemn it." That includes Hillary Clinton. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Seeing a Catholic priest belittle another human being, and publicly impugn her motives, from a pulpit was shocking to many people. It seemed fundamentally wrong. And it is, for contempt has no place in Christian discourse...Certainly Pfleger's comments about Hillary! were deeply uncharitable. But she wasn't the only person treated uncharitably.
Pfleger's remarks basically accused ALL white people of piggybacking through life on the efforts of black people who were enslaved by our white slave-holding ancestors (as if we all have a slavedriver somewhere in our family tree - never mind that many of our ancestors may have arrived on these shores AFTER slavery had been abolished; or as if none of us have ancestors who paid the ultimate price in the War that ultimately freed the slaves).
And the notion that those of us who have been able to put back a portion of our own hard-earned dollars for our retirement are somehow obligated to give that "back" (to whom are we to give it, by the way?) in order to be "absolved" from our "sin" of just happening to be "white" is not only completely lacking in charity, but is racist. And racism, as we all know, was recently listed as an intrinsic evil by the USCCB in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
Fr. Pfleger owes an apology to more people than just Hillary! He owes an apology to ALL those he impugned as guilty of white supremacy for the mere crime of being white.
And this is the sort of "religious" figures with whom Obama has chosen to surround himself. "Post-racial", indeed.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Proposed Legislation Would Protect Access to Gun Stores
Catholic Priest Calls for "Snuffing" of Gun Shop Owner and Politicos Who Support 2nd Amendment