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June 17, 2008

Preaching Envy As Gospel - The Shocking Core Of Michael Pfleger's Sermon Overlooked Or Purposefully Ignored By The Media

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Ralph Reiland, writing at the Pittsburgh Review, has picked up on something in the inflammatory and racist sermon delivered last month by the Rev. Michael Pfleger during his guest appearance at Barack Obama's church in Chicago that has been for the most part either overlooked or purposefully ignored by the media. His focus goes beyond Pfleger's mocking of Hillary Clinton, and more significant in terms of predicting the economic goals of an Obama presidency: It's what Pfleger said about collective white guilt and white people's trust funds and 401k retirement funds - something that shocked me when I heard it and thought at the time to sound much like what I'd heard coming out ot the mouth of Jeremiah Wright, Michelle Obama and the the left's messiah himself:

[...] After being introduced by the Rev. Otis Moss III, Trinity's new pastor, as "a prophetic, powerful pulpiteer," a "preacher par excellence," Pfleger began his sermon by telling his adoring audience how to address someone who doesn't buy the idea of collective racial guilt, someone who says, "Well, don't hold me responsible for what my ancestors did."

Pfleger's answer to that person of insufficient guilt and inadequate color, delivered in an increasingly breathless and crazed voice to an applauding congregation: "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, 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' great-granddaddy, unless you're willing to give up the benefits, then you must be responsible for what was done in your generation, 'cause you are the beneficiary of this insurance policy!"

In other words, you're guilty unless you give up your money.

[...] Anger, or envy, about trust funds seems to be a big thing with the Trinity crowd. Michelle Obama, for instance, bellyached regularly during her stump speech in the primaries: "You're looking at a young couple that's just a few years out of debt. See, because we went to those good schools and we didn't have trust funds. I'm still waiting for Barack's trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was supposed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!"

Pfleger's relationship with Obama spans decades -- and the money has flowed both ways. The Chicago Tribune reports that Pfleger has given money to Obama's campaigns and Obama, as a state legislator, directed more than $225,000 of taxpayers' money to Pfleger's church.

"In April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks and Father Michael Pfleger," writes Christopher Hitchens, adding that "the national civil rights pulpit is largely occupied by second-rate shakedown artists who hope to franchise 'race talk' into a fat living for themselves."

Read it all ...

Here's the video of Pfleger preaching envy, black victimhood, anger, and Marxism as gospel (pay particular attention after 45 seconds into the tape when Pfleger's comments focus on collective white guilt and white people's trust funds and 401k retirement funds:

Posted by Richard at June 17, 2008 2:26 AM

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