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Obama’s Other Spiritual Mentor, Who Makes Wright Look… Eh, About The Same

Sure, Jeremiah Wright is Barack Obama’s spiritual mentor. But he’s not the only spiritual mentor Obama has — he also has James Meeks. We looked at him recently:

It’s not like we’re hearing an Obama delegate from Chicago in a church pulpit saying, “We don’t have slave masters, we got mayors! But they are still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able to be educated. You got some preachers that are house n———! You got some elected officials that are house n———! Rather than them try and break this up, they’re gonna fight you to protect that white man!”

Oh, wait, now we are hearing this.
What’s fascinating in the video that Confederate Yankee dug up is the state senator, Reverend James Meeks of the South Side Baptist Church, declaring that the N-word is a “term of endearment.” I kid you not.

Okay, so Obama’s first two spiritual mentors have a propensity for screaming racially-charged language from the pulpit. But he has a third spiritual mentor, Rev. Michael Pfleger, and this one’s a Catholic. So how radical could he be?
Dave Kopel found out. Some highlights:

Ambushed by a Bill O’Reilly camera crew, Pfleger stated: “He has–first of all, he has not called Judaism a gutter religion of blood suckers. That is not what he has said because I have heard that talk. I stick up for Louis Farrakhan because he is another person that the media has chosen to define how they want to do it. And they demonize how they want to demonize somebody. I know the man, Louis Farrakhan. He is a great man. I have great respect for him, ho has done an awful lot for people and this country, black, white, and brown. He’s a friend of mine.” (The O’Reilly Factor, Apr. 3, 2008.) Farrakhan spoke at St. Sabina’s on May 25, 2007. (Chicago Sun Times, May 10, 2007.) …
Rev. Pfleger does not respect the property rights of persons who sell products he does not like. He “is known for climbing ladders to deface liquor billboards.” (Crain’s Chicago Business, Dec. 20, 2004.) …
In another demonstration at Chuck’s Gun Shop, owned by John Riggio, Rev. Pfleger told the crowd: “We’re going to find you and snuff you out….Like a rat you’re going to hide. But like a rat, we’re going to catch you and pull you out….We’re going to snuff out John Riggio.” Rev. Pfleger also promised: “We’re going to snuff out legislators that are voting against our gun laws. We’re coming for you because we’re not going to sit idly.”
Rev. Pfleger later denied that his words had been meant to invoke violence, or that he had known that “snuff out” means to “kill.” Rather, the determination to “snuff out” Riggio was a determination to find out his home address, which was not publicly available.

So, of all the priests, ministers, preachers, rabbis, imams, clerics, gurus, monks and medicine men in Chicago, Obama just happens to pick these three.
If three strikes means you’re out; what does three spiritual mentors who sound hateful and unhinged mean?

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