Chicago’s archbishop, Cardinal Blaise Cupich, deeply apologized to Chicago’s Jewish community after radical priest, Fr. Michael Pfleger, invited the virulently anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, to deliver a speech from the pulpit of St. Sabina church. This comes after Farrakhan was banned from Facebook for hate speech. Fr. Pfleger, who is basically communist in his views, wanted to give Farrakhan a platform for free speech to spew his anti-Semitism.
It is a mystery why Fr. Pfleger was not excommunicated for his radical actions long ago. He is an advocate for social justice issues and has been the Pastor of Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago since 1981. He views America as a deeply racist nation. He is also a longtime friend and supporter of Barrack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and Louis Farrakhan. Fr. Pfleger collaborated with Jesse Jackson to lead a 2007 campaign to close down a Chicago-area gun store as well. He’s just about as radical as they come and is violent when called for.
Fr. Pfleger claims that he wanted to allow Farrakhan to refute allegations that he preaches hatred against the Jewish people. So, of course, Farrakhan proceeded to do exactly the opposite. Pfleger praised himself for extending the invitation ahead of the event Thursday night, labeling himself a “defender of free speech.”
The church was packed with Farrakhan followers and they applauded as he ascended the platform and spoke out against the ‘Satanic Jews’. He spoke of the sorting of Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz into lines destined for Nazi work camps and those destined for gas chambers. Farrakhan claimed that he was imbued with the divine right to label some Jews good and some bad. He made several anti-Semitic statements during his speech, accusing Judaism of promoting pedophilia and saying that Jews do not like him because he “exposes their hatred of Jesus.”
“I stand on God’s word,” Farrakhan told the crowd, adding that he knows “the truth” and that his mission is to “separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews.”
From The Daily Wire:
“After complaints from the Catholic and Jewish communities alike, the Archdiocese released a vague statement on Friday, distancing themselves from Pfleger’s event and insisting that Pfleger neither consulted with nor informed Archdiocesan official before inviting Farrakhan to speak. The Archdiocese also condemned “hatred,” though without referencing anti-Semitism directly — similar to the way the Women’s March avoided any mention of anti-Semitism after its leadership was accused of its own cozy relationship with the Nation of Islam.
“The event involving Minister Louis Farrakhan at St. Sabina Parish is not sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cardinal Cupich was not consulted before Fr. Pfleger announced the event.
“The framers of our Constitution included freedom of speech in the First Amendment because they knew that it was essential to a healthy democracy. Without this sacred right, injustice goes unchecked. This is precisely why it must never be abused.
“There is no place in American life for discriminatory rhetoric of any kind. At a time when hate crimes are on the rise, when religious believers are murdered in their places of worship, we cannot countenance any speech that dehumanizes persons on the basis of ethnicity, religious belief, economic status or country of origin. We are all part of the human family, and we owe it to one another, our children — and our creator — to act that way.
“Cardinal Cupich, who is typically tolerant of Fr. Pfleger’s antics, being heavily involved in social justice issues himself, appeared to notice that the Archdiocese statement was unsatisfying to Pfleger’s critics and issued one of his own late Friday night, condemning Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism in no uncertain terms.
“Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children,” Cupich said. “Instead, he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander.
“Antisemitic rhetoric — discriminatory invective of any kind — has no place in American public life, let alone in a Catholic church. I apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters, whose friendship I treasure, from whom I learn so much, and whose covenant with God remains eternal,” the cardinal said.
“Cupich encouraged Pfleger to seek out the counsel of the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and invite someone from the museum to speak to St. Sabina’s in an effort to counteract the hate that Farrakhan preached from the church’s pulpit.
“But both Farrakhan and Fr. Pfleger remain unapologetic about the incident.
“For those angry about me about coming to St. Sabina, how many would be angry with me meeting with Cardinal George and with the previous cardinal,” Farrakhan said in response to criticism, according to local Chicago media. “That kind of hatred is insanity.”
“People who label Minister Farrakhan a hater have spent the past week spewing Hate ar me and St. Sabina….but i will continue to love, fight for justice and stand with my Brother,” Pfleger tweeted on Saturday.
“Later, he compared himself to legendary Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Too many people have struggled and died for the right of free speech and I will continue to struggle to preserve it,” he said. “Anyone who knows me and my life’s work knows I have sought to fight for the Beloved Community that Dr. Martin Luther King called us to.”’
Hours before Farrakhan was scheduled to speak, officials of the Illinois Holocaust Museum stated that Fr. Pfleger was “giving hatred a platform.” Museum president and Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall said when leaders like Fr. Pfleger provide a platform for bigotry and antisemitism, “it increases the threat against all of humanity.”
Fr. Pfleger has had ties to the Black Panthers. He has given a platform to communist singer Harry Belafonte who blames America for 9/11. Fr. Pfleger is also friends with Al Sharpton and Marxist Cornel West. He has invited radial Islamists to speak at his church multiple times.
Pfleger is also a great admirer of Louis Farrakhan: “I’ve known the minister [Farrakhan] both as someone who I have great respect for as a prophetic voice, as a mentor but also as a friend and as a brother,” said Pfleger. “We’ve become very close friends over the years. Our families have been close; he’s shared dinner at my house as I have at his many, many times. He has preached from our pulpit here at this church on three different occasions. We’ve worked together on issues not only for this community but in the city and in the nation.”
Make no mistake… Fr. Pfleger is a communist and a racist every bit as much as Louis Farrakhan is. That the Catholic Church would allow him to do things like this without repercussions is simply unthinkable and untenable. He should be removed as a priest period – this really should be the last straw from Fr. Pfleger.