Guess who's back on center stage?
Yep! It's none other than Fr. Michael P. Pfleger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and advocate for social justice. There he is again, this time denouncing gun violence and, then, marching with community members on a "peace mission."
Fr. Pfleger is famous for using the media as a prop to attract attention to his cause. He didn't disappoint this time around, according to Breitbart.com.
We want to get the resources to stop this violence. You have a perfect
storm when you have poor schools, no jobs, communities been left like
third world developments, and hopelessness in our streets....
I’m ashamed at America. Congress had an opportunity to pass universal
background checks, hold people accountable with guns. They turned
their backs on us to get fed by the NRA.
I’m ashamed at Illinois legislators. They had a chance to have a strong
conceal carry law in the State of Illinois. Connecticut responded strong
when their babies were killed. But Illinois gets a bill supported by the
NRA, and didn’t stand strong. They don’t give a damn about our
children, cause the primary children being killed out here are black
We have to fight the system in this country that doesn’t see our problems
and our needs and our violence as important as anybody else.
As is typical of Fr. Pfleger, he puts his finger on a real issue that must be addressed. But, Pfleger then distracts from the significance of his message by using hot-charged rhetoric. This time it's the "shame" he feels for the nation, the not-so-subtle accusation that the NRA is racist, and that the Democrat-controlled government of the State of Illinois is "weak."
The simple fact is that gun violence and murder in Chicago is spiralling out of control. Innocent people are being injured and dying. Ignoring this issue is unacceptable. On this point, Fr. Pfleger is absolutely correct.
But, although his rhetoric may stir the folks in the neighborhood as it has for more than three decades, it will continue to fall on tin ears beyond the neighborhood. Why? Using the media and his rhetoric in the way he does, Fr. Pfleger presents himself more as if he is a community organizer not a religious and moral leader. The former are good at rabble-rousing against greedy and corrupt politicians, but generally get little accomplished. The latter are good at changing the consciences of political leaders and get a whole lot accomplished.
In short, Fr. Pfleger is no Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and rather than using such hotly-charged rhetoric to blame the nation, the NRA, and legislators in Springfield, IL, for all of the problems in his neighborhood, why isn't Fr. Pfleger challenging the conscience of Chicago's Democrat Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, at City Hall?
Let the discussion begin...
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