Churches as Political Liabilities

Like the Chicago Tribune editorial says this morning,

After everything that happened with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, how on earth does a priest, or any religious leader, take the pulpit and behave as Michael Pfleger did?

If you haven’t yet, watch Rev. Pfleger’s pulpit remarks from last Sunday about Hillary Clinton’s tears over her “white entitlement” dreams being shattered by Barack Obama–delivered at Obama’s Chicago Church–here:The conservative Catholic League has issued a statement attacking Pfleger. No surprise there. The Cardinal who leads Chicago’s archdiocese says Pfleger has agreed to stay ot of the political fray for the remainder of the presidential campaign. That Catholic Church did Obama a favor there.From here on out, God-o-Meter guesses that politicians will highlight their personal faith and how it informs their lives and positions without drawing lots of attention to their pastor and their church, as Obama did (at least before he launched his presidential campaign). George W. Bush is the modern master of religious outreach and messaging, but does anyone know who his pastor is? Or what church he attends?8

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Paul Shiras

posted May 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Trinity UCC better make an apology to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and to Obama for letting this Priest violate the policy of the Roman Catholic Church in a public forum, let alone another church.
Obama released this man from his team, and I think I can understand why BEFORE his tirade and I don’t think we need to expect any comment from him but he most likely will. I don’t think any body except Father Pfleger believes what he said about Mrs. Clinton except for the nut cases. Obama has been very careful not to disenfranchise Clinton supporters and he has been wise to be that way. Pfleger has done him a disservice and should make a public apology.

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Charles Cosimano

posted May 31, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Any politician in Chicago will tell you that Father Pfleger is comic relief, never taken seriously and never succeeds at anything he tries.
He get headlines because he is a clown but no one cares what he says.

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