Dear Fr. Pfleger, you may or may not remember me, but either way, I am reaching out to you once more.
If you do recall, I attended the end of the school year anti-violence rally at St. Sabina’s in June of 2012 which you had invited me to. I was the guy with the huge sandwich board sign from the American Life League that said “All Life is Precious”; we even took a picture together and you gave me a nifty t-shirt commemorating the event.
On that warm June night in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, I marched alongside you and Chicago Chief of Police Garry McCarthy. There were many people there; I’d estimate about one thousand to twelve hundred people joined us that night.
I was there to support your efforts because I truly believe that all life is precious, be it the life of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school dodging gang gunfire or the unborn children in the wombs of so many women being targeted by the abortion industry.
The main reason I am reaching out to you this time is because whenever I hear about the Wild West-like shootouts in Chicago, like the one that just happened this past week, I think of you and how hard you have fought against crime, violence, and especially guns. Who better than a Catholic priest to try and bring the peace of the Lord to his community?
This time it was 44 people who were shot during a much-welcome warm spring weekend, with six of the victims being children.
What’s the difference of a few years, or a few months, for that matter? If a child can be killed on the streets at, say, three years old, wouldn’t it be better to avoid the whole tragedy and just kill the child in the womb? Just get it over with to begin with — that way it isn’t murder, but simply a medical procedure — or is it?
This last wave of violence included eight homicides, but who’s counting anymore? That’s just part of Chicago now, like deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, Maxwell Street Polish, Michael Jordan, Al Capone, and dead voters, murder, mayhem, and community-organizing priests.
While I have written about you in this paper and I have contacted you via e-mail to meet with you privately, I have had no success. I figure this open letter might finally grab your much-needed attention.
Now that I’ve got your attention, I have a few questions.
With all due respect, what part of the term “Culture of Death” do you not understand, Father? Do you think it’s only the guns that are responsible for the mass killing that goes on every summer in Chicago?
Do you seriously believe that your marches and your boycotts and your bullhorn are going to get people to stop killing each other? Yes, you have shut down stores that sell guns and liquor stores that sell crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia, but it’s solved next to nothing.
Your efforts are equivalent to attempting to stop arson by shutting stores because they sell matches.
That night in June 2012, I had several of your constituents compliment my sign and even a 13-year-old young man told me he knew abortion was wrong and that was the main reason why people in his community did not have any respect for life.
Why is it that a 13-year-old boy gets it and you refuse to acknowledge this publicly?
That night I heard you yelling through your bullhorn, “This is our neighborhood!” and “Save our children, save our babies!” Many joined you in chorus, echoing your words; but is that all they are, words?
I couldn’t miss the irony as you shouted repeatedly about “saving our babies,” yet you refuse to talk to the people that live in that community about how our acceptance of abortion and contraception is really at the root of the problem.
A “Culture of Death” doesn’t just happen. It was designed that way by the very people that continue to hate black people, not by calling them racial epithets or by lynching them on trees, but by offering to give them free abortions and poisonous contraception.
Instead of whips and chains, today it’s the Pill and the condoms. Instead of slavery and plantations, it’s the so-called health clinics and Planned Parenthood and the life-ending services with which they victimize poor people.
Eugenics is a huge word, Father, and I bet you that nine out of ten people around St. Sabina’s parameters have never heard of that word, let alone know what it means.
The ignorance of eugenics history in the African-American communities of America has been much more dangerous and deadlier to African-Americans than all the guns you’ve ever even imagined. The lies and deception continue today and even young people like that 13-year-old boy said to me that day, “I get it. Abortion is wrong.”
You are the one and only priest who has so much influence in Chicago’s black community. If you publicly and openly spoke against abortion and contraception, we could really turn the tide around and build a true Culture of Life all across America’s black communities.
Take heart and take courage, Father. It isn’t good enough that you are privately pro-life as so many have told me about you in and around the Archdiocese of Chicago. It’s time to let all that political garbage go and to speak the truth to the very same people you say you love so much.
What could be more damaging to a black community than to accept infanticide as simply another ugly reality of life?
I beg of you to please heed my words and make that change today. You have the ability to do this and when I die and the Lord asks me if I ever gave up on anyone, I want to tell Him that I never gave up on you.
Whatever I can do to help, please let me know. I would be honored to help organize by your side to truly stop the Culture of Death in our communities.
(I ask that everyone reading this to please make sure you pray really hard for Fr. Pfleger so that he has a change of heart to bring the truth about the black genocide of abortion and contraception to his flock.)
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(Rey Flores is a Catholic writer and speaker. Contact Rey at firstname.lastname@example.org.)