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
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