Considerable time and discussion are spent on America’s support for organizations such as the International Court of Justice and the United Nations, but what our country really needs is a free-floating magical tribunal devoted to reinstalling logic into our public square. Today, much of our discourse is thoroughly denatured by emotion-based reasoning, which generally amounts to advocates making use of no reason whatsoever. Thanks to the usurpation of authority and repudiation of our collective pride as a people, irrationality now poses as argumentation while invective masquerades as refutation.
This became evident again the other day when yet another outrage emanated from the upscale confines of Trinity United Church, a facility that until May 31, 2008, was the spiritual home of Senator Barack Obama. This latest imbroglio involved not Reverend Jeremiah Wright but another left-wing clergyman, Father Michael Pfleger.
Before this week the priest had not garnered the same amount of attention as Wright, yet his association with Obama is well documented. Pfleger is both a friend and spiritual endorser of the man upon whose head Newsweek has affixed a halo. As a member of the Illinois Senate, Obama steered $225,000 in pork payola to St. Sabina — Pfleger’s south side Chicago church.
On the Sunday before Memorial Day the Chicago luminary appeared at Trinity and engaged in what undoubtedly was his standard racist shtick — only this time around his diatribe was recorded. The priest did a bizarre vocal impression of a black man while attacking Senator Hillary Clinton for her skin color, a hue of skin that he shares:
When Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe that 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 into the plate. And then out of nowhere came, hey, I’m Barack Obama. And she said oh, damn, where did you come from? I’m white. I’m entitled. There’s a black man stealing my show.
Was this also an impersonation of the good news? Hardly. The priest’s mission that Sunday, perhaps as it is every Sunday, was “to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head.” Pfleger leaves the healing and contrition to the other members of his order. To him, vocation is political indoctrination.
The priest immediately — well, not immediately but shortly after the public found out about it — issued an apology: “I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.” By identifying Obama in his statement, Pfleger acknowledged the blatant connection that any reasonable person would make between the Democratic frontrunner and the folks in whose milieu he has been immersed for twenty years.
Unfortunately, Barack Obama may well be our next president, but he is surrounded by individuals who have nothing but disdain and contempt for our nation. He even shares a bed with one. Clearly, Reverend Wright was no aberration because his replacement, Otis Moss III, is an ideological clone. Moss is well known to Obama, who described him as a “wonderful young pastor.”
The new Trinity headman was profiled by a reporter from the Plain Dealer who observed that he “rolls Scripture and hip-hop lyrics around in the same thoughts as he criticizes the mindset of young black males who’d rather play basketball than learn physics, Bush administration policies, the war in Iraq, and the United States’ free market economy.”
Moss compares passages in the Bible concerning prejudice against lepers to the racism blacks experienced in America. I guess truth can only be immortal when it happens to be all about you. Reverend Moss helps youths learn how to “stand outside the king’s castle and throw rocks, but be prepared to go in and have hors d’oeuvres.” His “Lord’s work” consists of evangelizing for grievance and entitlement.
The new Reverend Wrong left no doubt that he approved of Pfleger’s missive. Last Sunday, as the priest walked away from the pulpit, he announced: “We thank God for the message, and we thank God for the messenger.” Whose God was he thanking? Apparently, not mine.
Trinity’s configuration of God equates with a deity who preaches resentment instead of forgiveness and who defines “neighbor” as being one whose skin color matches your own — or someone like Pfleger when they possess an ardent self-flagellation hobby. Thus, his reign portends more of the same: political leftism first, advancing the views of Christ never … or perhaps secondarily and only then on those occasions when His African background is acknowledged. Yes, at Trinity, it remains all race all the time.
Only an abnormal or deviant Trinity parishioner would fail to accept the views of their leadership as his or her own. Why else would anyone spend a morning listening to such malarkey if they failed to believe it? Personally, I could not remain under their roof for five minutes, but Barack Obama managed to sustain a membership there for two decades. If the “Black Value System” was so anathema then why did he stay?
Presumption lies against Obama’s claims of outrage. Indeed, Father Pfleger once said of him, “I don’t think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is.” I agree. The Democratic candidate has been steeped in anti-white and anti-American dogma since his twenties, so it is a major logical leap to pretend that he failed to internalize it along the way.
Upon deciding to depart from Trinity he proclaimed, “I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church.” The reason he left the church has everything to do with political expediency and nothing to do with its stance on patriotism and race. He ascertained that his longtime affiliation with Trinity now stood between his ambition and his goal — which, as we are slowly beginning to discover, is a space few non-masochists would ever want to occupy — so he cut the chord.
Given all that has happened in relation to the spiritual center to which he once donated $22,500, only a diehard leftist could continue to believe that where there is so much smoke there can be no fire. Judging from the reception Pfleger received at the pulpit last week, it would be impossible not to intuit, over a twenty-year period, that the congregation feels exactly the same way as Wright, Moss, and Pfleger do about America and its Caucasian citizens. Hopefully, the deluded nature of their perceptions will make the electorate realize that the only forces Obama can unite this fall are a coalition of the disaffected, the ignorant, and those pseudo-liberals permanently debilitated by white guilt.
Yet, even though the mainstream media refuses to add the name of Obama to the thriving partnership of hate speech known as Wright, Pfleger, and Moss, there is no reason to think the Democratic nominee views his homeland through a different lens than the one they use. Logic dictates that nobody would ever spend that long in a den of zealotry if they were not at least sympathetic to the opinions of those who dwelled there.
When one removes the glitz from this scenario and contemplates it in the context of their own mundane life, its fallacious nature becomes readily evident. For example, were readers to discover that I subscribed to National Review, attended National Review events, termed William F. Buckley a “spiritual mentor,” and donated thousands of dollars to the magazine’s not-for-profit foundation, could they safely assume I was a conservative? To pose the question is to answer it.
We know that Obama hails from a radical church and that he possesses a radical voting record, so why would anyone regard this hero of progressives as being anything other than a left-wing radical? The mainstream media will continue to ignore every shred of evidence elucidating their champion’s controversial past. Their blindness personifies George Orwell’s phrase, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” Yet let us pray that discerning reality will not prove as daunting for the American people come November.