Friday, April 15, 2011

Churchmen and Presidents We Don't Trust

Alice C. Linsley

Fr. Michael Pfleger, the Catholic priest who preaches in an African-American Pentecostal style, is a social radical who supports Barack Obama. This is what he has to say about why Hillary Clinton cried when Obama won the election: She cried because she thought “There’s a black man stealing my show.” (Watch the video here.)

Pfleger also advocates women priests because he sees this as a rights or entitlement issue. Women are entitled to be priests, just like men. He plays the entitlement card for women’s ordination and imposes the charge of white supremacy on Hillary Clinton.

Pfleger invited Al Sharpton to speak during Mass while he was running for President, and is reported to have threatened to “snuff out” a Chicago gun shop owner. He also flew the American flag upside down outside the Church. This is a man who enjoys drawing attention to himself, and the only truth that concerns him is the truth he wants to believe.

He isn’t the sort of man that a President wants standing at close proximity when the cameras are running. Yet he and President Obama have some things in common. They are both first and foremost political creatures; they hold an essentially Marxist worldview, and they promote their beliefs as the "gospel truth."

Reagan scholar Dr. Paul Kengor notes this about Omaba in contrast to Ronald Reagan:

Obama, however, has never left the left. More than that, if he really was on the Marxist-Leninist left, as John Drew describes, we have no accounting, from Obama or anyone, of a switch. In Obama’s memoirs — he’s already done two of them — we hear about him attending socialist conferences and “hanging out” with Marxist professors, but we never get any repudiation of those conferences, professors, or even a tiny, passing comment suggesting these were fanciful political musings from a misguided youth.

We have the Reagan conversion narrative. Where’s Obama’s? And could someone in the media, with access to Obama, please ask the question? (Read more here.)

Jack Cashill's assessment of Obama is in the light of this:

Going back, Occidental friend John Drew confirms seeing Obama at a party in Los Angeles in June 1981. “At that time,” says Drew, “the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps — for the first time — considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism.” (Read more here.)

Now back to Fr Pfleger who was recently asked to take a new assignment by Cardinal Francis George. Fr. Pfleger wants to stay at his parish in Chicago, but if push comes to shove, he’ll set aside the vows he made at his ordination. “I want to try to stay in the Catholic Church,” he said. “If they say, ‘You either take this principalship of [Leo High School] or pastorship there or leave,’ then I’ll have to look outside the Church.”

Is this another quality that the two men share? If push comes to shove, would President Obama also be willing to set aside the vows he made when he was sworn in as the President of the United States of America?

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