Monday, June 9, 2008

"Since When Is Truth Unacceptable?"

We've heard a lot in the news about the very controversial rant of Father Michael Pfleger at Trinity United Church of Christ.

First, let me say this: I'm not much of a church goer, but if I did go to church, Trinity would have been where I went. I've gone to services where the Rev. Jeremiah Wright preached, and he's done services for my family.

I finally got a chance to see the "offending" video today of his rant, and I must admit...I've never laughed so hard at something like that in my life! Tears were streaming down my face by the time I was done, and the clip was only 3 minutes long!

C'mon now, people. What he said had some truth in it. I'm not racist, or reverse racist, or whatever you wanna call it. In fact I have many friends of many different ethnicities. But it's true: Hillary DID run thinking she was going to walk straight into office. She was cocky and that's what turned a lot of voters off from her. And why wouldn't she be: her husband WAS president, she HAS been senator of New York for some time, so she's been in the political limelight for a long time. But all of a sudden, a smooth talking, honest black man comes into the picture and all of a sudden she can't break the barriers she wished to break because there's someone who can appeal to voters just a little better than she could.

I'm not gonna lie, if Barack weren't running I would have liked to see a woman president, if only to institute some type of change. But while Hillary Clinton seems far away and unreachable, Barack feels like somebody I may have actually met or would actually have a chance to meet. And he's smart as a whip and dedicated, which is much MUCH more than we can say about the president we have now.

Leave Father Pfleger alone. He even says in his rant that he's "nonpolitical" and stops himself because "he doesn't want to get [the church] into any more trouble than it's already in." I don't think his intent was to bash Hillary as a person, but just used a maybe out of place example for what he was talking about before. But of course, the news won't report that side of the story. He shouldn't have to apologize and he shouldn't have been suspended. This is a nation of free speech and he shouldn't have to refrain from speaking the truth to be more politically correct.

And for the record: there were a lot of people yelling and cheering and clapping at what he was saying, and if I were there, I'd be right along with them, standing and agreeing to what he was saying.

And for a different record: the Catholic church was sure quick to suspend him for saying something about how racist this country is but they STILL haven't stopped their preachers from having sex with little boys. Something about this whole system seems very, very backward...

Father Pfleger said "Since when is truth unacceptable? I thought I lived in the land of the free... and the home of the brave"...

You said it, Father Pfleger. I've been wondering the exact same thing.

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