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Chicago Priest-Activist Fans Flames of Hate Against Police

By Matt Abbott | September 4, 2015 | 9:58am EDT
Fr. Michael Pfleger with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

The recent uptick in the murder of police officers in the U.S. is, needless to say, disturbing.

Also disturbing is Chicago priest-activist Father Michael Pfleger’s apparent support of the radical leftist element of the black community.

Pfleger has made national headlines in the past, and he’s frequently interviewed by local news outlets about his street activism.

From a 2014 story in the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sunday interrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street … .

“At one point Pfleger led the group in chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I can’t breath.’ [sic]….    

“But even before the worshipers marched, the tone set when three men joined the Mass’ opening procession, walking with the acolytes towards the altar of the South Side church. One held his hands in the air, one clutched his throat, and the other raised a clenched fist — all symbols that have become affiliated with the recent protests of police killings.

“‘People say what is … protesting going to do?,’  Pfleger said. ‘All I know is people wearing pink made this country come to grips with breast cancer. If we can raise the consciousness breast [sic] cancer, we can raise the consciousness of genocide.’”

Genocide?!

Pfleger makes it sound like hundreds of African-Americans are being murdered by police every day. Obviously that’s not the case. Not even close. Such irresponsible talk will only fan the flames of hate against police and increase the likelihood of more cop-killings.

I fully realize there are dirty cops, men (and, to a lesser degree, women) who have no business wearing a badge. But dirty cops are in the minority. And they’re hardly responsible for genocide. 

The politically incorrect bottom line: the abortion industry is responsible for modern-day genocide, not law enforcement.

Chicago Archbishop Cupich (AP Photo)

I hope Pfleger acknowledges that at some point.

Of course, it doesn’t help that Pfleger’s current boss, Archbishop Blase Cupich, appears to have a somewhat similar mentality (although he’s much more soft-spoken).

Cupich recently wrote:

“While commerce in the remains of defenseless children is particularly repulsive [referring to the Planned Parenthood scandal], we should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.”

At the very least, Cupich should add “who blame police for the genocide of blacks” to his list of societal ills.

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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