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Monday, June 02, 2008

Pfleger: "America Is The Greatest Sin Against God"

According to ABC's Jake Tapper, the congregants at Obama's now-dumped under the bus United Trinity weren't too vociferous when Padre Michael Phlegm Pfleger said this:
"Racism is still America's greatest addiction. I also believe that America is the greatest sin against God.

"If the greatest command is to love, than the sin against love must be the greatest sin against God who IS love and who calls us to love one another. So that this greatest sin against God, racism, it's as natural as the air we breath."
How can people be so wrong? I'm not a Pollyanna; racism still exists in America, whether it is blacks calling us honkies or whiteys and thinking the worst of us, or us to them, or any other race doing the same to any other. But it's clear that there is no institutional racism in America any more. Rather, minorities get preferences not offered whites.

But is racism America's greatest sin? Obviously not, because for a sin to be truly great, it has to be unaddressed, running rampant, destroying people. That is not a definition of racism in America. By that definition American's greatest sin is probably indulgence (and its identical twin materialism), arrogance ... or let's face the obvious one, the one Pfleger supports (and Obama supports to the max), abortion.

Whatever America's greatest sin, could a reasonable person really find America to be the greatest sin against God? All of us who believe in God believe he cares about each individual, so wouldn't a state like North Korea, which so viciously attacks the individual in the name of the power and wealth of the very few, be more sinful in His eyes? Or Mugabe's Zimbabwe? Or Somalia, where tribal warfare in the name of Allah has destroyed one generation, going on two? Or Sudan, where a Muslim government sits passively by while Sudanese Christians and animists are systematically destroyed?

Certainly, America is not without sin, particularly since "to whom much is given, much is expected." But it is a twisted mindset that can warp reality into creating an America which is the world's greatest sin against God. And as it happens, this warper of reality, Pflegar, has been very close to Barack Obama for decades. You know this stuff, but Tapper gives a pretty good summary of the recent relationship along with a juicy link:
In September, the Obama campaign brought Pfleger to Iowa to host one of several interfaith forums for the campaign. Pfleger has given money to Obama's campaigns and Obama as a state legislator directed at least $225,000 towards social programs at St. Sabina's, according to the Chicago Tribune. Pfleger appears to have been scrubbed from the Obama campaign's page that features the testimony of faith leaders, but you can see the cached version HERE.
There are not many churches in America that would invite Pfleger to speak. Obama has had a 20-year very supportive relationship with one of the only ones that would.

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