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Will the Real Rev. Pfleger Please Stand Up?

It wasn't long ago that the Rev. Michael L. Pfleger of Chicago was preaching the virtues of racial harmony and the need for society to address racism in a direct manner. Here's what the Chicago-area Catholic priest told The Post's Hamil Harris in late April, following the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racially incindiary speech at the National Press Club:

"What I hope that might happen is that we might decide as a country for maybe the first time, to honestly look at America," Pfleger told Harris. "Look at the racism that is alive and well in America, and say, 'Do we have the courage to deal with it honestly and truthfully?' That's what I hope will happen. Beyond the presidential election, until we deal with racism in America, we're not going to build the America we all hope for."

But all of that was before Pfleger made a guest appearance at Barack Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago last Sunday, and delivered racially tinged remarks blistering Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton so harsh that Obama felt obliged to disavow them -- just as he had disavowed Wright's previous racial comments from the same pulpit.

"As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn't reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause," Obama said in a statement.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 30, 2008; 3:00 PM ET Barack Obama
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Couldnt't you focus on something a little more relevant?

There's 'video' of John McCain showing he's clueless yet again about what's going on in Iraq (U.S. troop levels have NOT been drawn down to pre-surge levels contrary to what he stated yesterday).

There's also 'video' of new ads from Vets For Freedom that would seem to indicate that the group is coordinating with the McCain campaign - which is illegal.

Posted by: michael | May 30, 2008 5:24 PM

Yawn...hmmmgmmh...Yawn

Can we talk about something that really matters?, like, how am I gonna afford the gas to put in my vehicle to take my kids to school in the morning?

Posted by: Yawn | May 30, 2008 7:12 PM

One more reason to block Obama. Superdelegates are watching this and will nominate Clinton.

Posted by: hmmmmmm | May 30, 2008 9:46 PM

IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYTHING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WORKED SO HARD FOR AND DIED FOR IS GOING UP IN SMOKE THANKS TO THE TRINITY CHURCH, REV WRIGHT, REV MOSS, AND THIS PFLEGER...THEY PUTTING THIS COUNTRY BACK IN THE EARLY 60'S.HE WOULD TURN OVER IN HIS GRAVE IF HE KNEW WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.......THE OLD RASIST WERE DYING OUT AND NOW THEY BEING REBORN...WHAT A SHAME....SHAME ON YOU TRINITY CHURCH

Posted by: lucygirl1 | May 30, 2008 9:59 PM

Who cares about these religious creeps. All religion is about is raking in good bucks off suckers. I could have made a lot of money being a preacher, but my mother taught me not to lie. All this religious stuff started with Eisenhower putting "in God we trust" on the money which hadn't been there up to 1954. Then Tricky Dick brought in Billy Graham and Jimmy Carter brought in religion and then the Republicans really went nuts with it with Ronald Reagan. It has no place in politics.

Posted by: majorteddy | May 30, 2008 11:17 PM

This guy is McBush's best friend. Plays into divide and conquer. What bombast, and what a stupid distraction! Keep your eyes on the prize. The common enemy isn't each other, it is the policies that disenfranchise,disempower,impoverish, and kill us, while enriching Exxon, Haliburton and the Saudis.

Posted by: Neo | May 31, 2008 9:56 AM

I, for one, am happy to see how many Obama supporters think Fr. Pfleger's vile, hateful, racist diatribe is,well, just sooo boring & irrelevant (whining about YOUR gas tank, or McCain's misstatement re: troop drawdown, how laughable you are).
You're all so full of yourselves that you think you can dictate what an appropriate response to this venom is... oh it's just BORING. Silly. So unimportant.
You think Mr.& Mrs.AverageJoe feel Pfleger & Wright are silly, little distractions?
Guess again. You think people with 401ks think they're the evil guilty spawn of slave holders? Guess again. You think the parents of daughters dismiss the open hate this priest shows as he mocks a woman's emotional response to fatigue & disappointment? Guess again.
The American people may want change, but not if it costs them their feelings of self worth & dignity.
Obama is a fraud who's been exposed by his friends & supporters.

Posted by: katiewithroses | May 31, 2008 2:39 PM

What really bothered me was watching the congregants laughing, smiling and agreeing with this NUTCASE. These are the halls from which Obama has been influenced. Scary stuff. Obama's associations surely don't paint a picture of what can reasonably be expected of one desiring to be President of these United States.

(And I'm a lifelong Democrat beginning with my first election in 1976.)

Posted by: Joe in NorCal | June 1, 2008 4:49 AM

Oh, please. Who gives a hoot about these crazy preachers? We care about how we're gonna fill our gas tanks for the week ahead, the rising costs of feeding our families. Give it a rest. No one is frothing at the mouth about these so called men of God, except the equally crazies on Fox. We all know their agenda. Thay have had this stupid story on as ''breaking news'' for three days. Obama is the nominee. Let's please focus our energies on getting Republicans out of the White House.

Posted by: Demgrl | June 1, 2008 2:01 PM

Funny how his remarks are so out of character as if somehow put him up to it, perhaps holding something really vile over his head?

Posted by: Cate | June 2, 2008 8:05 PM

There are bigger problems the candidates have to face than disowning every priest, preacher and holy person they have ever known.

We all knew before 2008 that these people said crazy things behind the pulpit - why is everyone so shocked now?

How about discussing foreign policy, or our tanking economy... oh...right...the idiots who make up at least 40% of the voting bloc use tripe like this to base their presidential choices.

Now THERE'S an example of using your head.

Posted by: BIG Yawn | June 3, 2008 11:53 AM

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