One of President Barack Obama's three self-described spiritual mentors, Rev. Michael Pfleger, has been suspended by the Catholic Church -- proving perhaps that the Catholic Church is one of the most patient organizations in the world.
Reverend Pfleger who once preached that "America is the greatest sin against God," and consequently he’s not crazy about either the First or Second Amendment, once threatening a gun shop owner: "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." He followed it up with … "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."
Admittedly, I’m not Catholic, but I’m pretty sure threatening to “snuff out” citizens is not found anywhere in the teaching of Jesus.
It is, I am also sure, racist to bring such ugly moments back to life, but Obama has quite the history with this man of God.
In September, the Obama campaign brought Pfleger to Iowa to host one of several interfaith forums for the campaign. Pfleger has given money to Obama's campaigns and Obama as a state legislator directed at least $225,000 towards social programs at St. Sabina's, according to the Chicago Tribune. Pfleger appears to have been scrubbed from the Obama campaign's page that features the testimony of faith leaders, but you can see the cached version HERE.
(The cached version is gone, but I trust that ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper didn't make it up.)