Father Michael Pfleger, a vocal supporter of President Obama and a Chicago media darling, is back in the news. Again.
You may recall that Pfleger made headlines in 2007, for threatening to "snuff out" a gun shop owner and legislators who oppose gun control measures.
'We're gonna find you and snuff you out,' Pfleger said about the gun shop owner, likening the man to a 'rat.' He later repeated his threat to 'snuff out' the owner. Pfleger also had this to say to state legislators who vote against gun control measures: 'We're gonna snuff out legislators who are voting [garbled] against our gun laws and we're coming for you because we are not going to sit idly.'
Well, as of Feb. 7, 2012, Pfleger is getting new parish duties, as well as taking "on a new responsibility in serving as the Archdiocesan representative for newly developing anti-violence initiatives that will include a particular focus on issues surrounding gun violence." (Source)
Enter Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
From a Feb. 9 report on CBS Chicago:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking to close a loophole that, he says, allows more illegal guns to find their way to the streets. As WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser reports, the mayor is calling for state legislation that would require guns to be registered statewide, which would help police track the guns they seize....
The idea came from the activist priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish. 'It's not conservative issue, and it is not a progressive issue. It is not a Chicago or downstate issue,' Pfleger said. 'It is a human life issue.'
Good to know that Pfleger is so concerned about innocent human life. No word on whether he'll be organizing peaceful protests of Chicago-area abortion facilities.
Meanwhile, a well-known Catholic television, radio and Internet network is, thankfully, suing the Obama administration.
From a Feb. 9 news release:
EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a lawsuit February 9 in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. EWTN is the first Catholic organization to file suit since the final HHS rules were published by the Obama administration on January 20, 2012.
'We had no other option but to take this to the courts,' says EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. 'Under the HHS mandate, EWTN is being forced by the government to make a choice: either we provide employees coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and violate our conscience or offer our employees and their families no health insurance coverage at all. Neither of those choices is acceptable.'
No word on whether the Obama-supporting Pfleger approves of EWTN's action.