The very left-wing Catholic clericalism from which Obama hopes to derive votes in the fall served as the pretext for his leaving the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Just as Jeremiah Wright's over-the-top sermons could not have come as a surprise to Obama, so Father Michael Pfleger's hyper-partisanship would have been known to him as well.It's funny how stupid Barack Obama thinks the American voter is. Here's a man who supports abortion, gay marriage and other social policies that are radically Leftist and now he wants to disassociate himself from a church he attended for 20-some-odd years because he suddenly recognized the anti-American views of his "spiritual advisers"? Does anyone really believe that Senator Obama wouldn't be sitting in a pew at the Trinity United Church come Sunday if he wasn't running for President? Hopefully non-liberal voters will see through this sham come November.
But Father Pfleger's timing and choice of a target were poor: his antics hit the Internet just as the Wright furor had begun to dissipate and instead of attacking a Republican for racism he selected Hillary Clinton. Maybe at another moment in the campaign this wouldn't have mattered -- Geraldine Ferraro's comments saying Obama had an unfair advantage due to race might have even lent the sermon some plausibility -- but as Obama began his courting of Hillary's support he found it all very annoying.
Yet normally the Democrats encourage priests and religious to misuse their office, to treat the binding teachings of their church as debatable while treating the platform and causes of the Democratic Party as doctrine; to put on their religious garb at political meetings, then take it off for catechesis.