This time not from Obama’s “former” pastor Rev. Wright, but from a self-loathing white pastor by the name of Father Michael Pfleger, who was greeted with amens and a standing ovation from TUCC’s congregation last Sunday in a fiery diatribe on “white privilege.”
It’s hard to watch. If you couldn’t stomach viewing it, here’s a partial transcript:
From the pulpit at Trinity last Sunday Pfleger, who is white, spoke about white supremacy. His remarks were captured on video and today an except from them began to circulate online in a YouTube video (above).
“Don’t hold me responsible for what my ancestors did, but you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did,” Pfleger said in the video. “Unless you are willing to give up the benefits you must be responsible for what was done in your ancestors’ generation. We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises his head…. When Hillary was crying, people said that was put on. I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe she just always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white and this is mine! I just got to get up, and step up to the plate.’ Then out of nowhere came Barack Obama!”
Pfleger feigned tears, continuing: “‘I’m white, I’m entitled, there’s a black man stealing my show.’ She wasn’t the only one crying. There were a whole lot of white people crying…. I’m sorry, I don’t want to get you in anymore trouble.”
Bbbbut according to Barack Obama, Rev. Wright’s controversial remarks were few and far in between, just a few comments taken from over 30 years of preaching. From that, we were to gather that racism and race-baiting definitely isn’t the norm at TUCC. Right?
Wrong. It’s not just his “former” pastor, and not just “guest pastors/fathers” like Pfleger, but TUCC’s current pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, too, who looks to carry on the Wright tradition. Obama described Moss as a “wonderful young pastor” in his press conference last month officially renouncing Rev. Wright.
I suppose he’ll happen to “miss” Moss’ controversial “sermons,” too.
A commenter at the Talk Left blog astutely points out:
When the Wright controversy broke, the question that was asked was “why don’t you leave the church”, and the answer was:
1.I didn’t know
2. Wright is retiring
3. the Church isn’t really like Wright, its like that nice new pastor who is going to replace him.
now, everyone who pays attention knows that the Church was Jeremiah Wright, but the media covered it up, and the GOP was more than happy to sit on it until it made sense to exploit it.
And the person who raised the issue of what Obama’s children are being exposed to got this exactly right, because that is one very effective way of tying Obama to this kind of trash talk. He can say he disagrees with it all he likes, and most people aren’t going to believe him because this is what he has chosen for his children, i.e. that Obama wants his kids to believe that GOD thinks like these people.
Hat tip to Jim Geraghty, who also points out in his post the close ties between Obama and Pfleger.
Obama has said he is “deeply disappointed” in Pfleger’s remarks, as if to suggest he had no idea Pfleger would ever dare say such a thing. Pfleger has apologized. So I guess this means we’re all supposed to move on from this latest “distraction” to the Obama campaign, as if his pattern of poor judgment shouldn’t be an issue.
If Obama supposedly doesn’t have a clue of what’s been going on in the church he’s attended for the last 20 years, well, just how freaking clueless do you have to be to miss this stuff? Either that, or he’s personally witnessed it and is feigning ignorance. Either way it doesn’t exactly inspire even the tiniest bit of confidence of his ability to be able to be both in control and acutely aware of things as both president and CIC.
Prediction time: Who will be the first liberal to ask, “What was untruthful about what Pfleger said in his sermon?”?