When Farrakhan talks, Father Pfleger listens
Wonders never cease, as they say.
From a Feb. 27 story at the website of the Chicago Tribune:
In a fiery lecture to thousands of followers of the Nation of Islam on Sunday in Chicago, Minister Louis Farrakhan warned that racial hatred could lead to attempts to assassinate President Barack Obama....
He spoke for more than three hours on a broad array of topics ... He also returned repeatedly to a topic that has attracted intense controversy in the past: the influence of Jews in politics and media.
Farrakhan drew a distinction between noble Jews and followers of 'the synagogue of Satan,' and he pointed to a recent incident in which the publisher of a Jewish magazine suggested Israeli security forces could help preserve Israel by killing Obama. He attacked Israeli policies, while also directing criticism at perceived Jewish influence in the U.S....
As he spoke, Farrakhan was flanked by dozens of associates and dignitaries, including another controversial religious figure based in Chicago: the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who stood to receive praise from Farrakhan and applause from the crowd....
I think it's safe to say that Farrakhan is more of an influence on Pfleger than the other way around.
Not that it matters.
On a related note, in a Dec. 28, 2011 email copied to me and several others (the email was in response to a supporter of Sarah Palin), Pfleger wrote:
"I also hope Sarah runs so that it will be even easier for President Obama to win, so he can continue to build a bridge to the Muslim World that we have spent so much time in America trying to demonize."