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Says co-conspirators involved

By Chinta Strausberg

Referring to the shooting deaths of the Charleston 9 by confessed killer 21-year-old Dylann Roof, Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said these acts prove that the “evil of hatred, racism and bigotry” are still alive and well in America, and while some say Roof acted alone, there were co-conspirators involved.

“He was not alone,” Pfleger said of Roof who admitted he sat with his victims for nearly an hour during their bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, S.C. before shooting nine of them.

“Hatred is part of American’s history, and we can fight to take the Confederate flag down over the state capitol of South Carolina and we should.

“But, we also got to take the flag that is flying in the hearts of Americans of hatred and confederacy,” said Pfleger who made his remarks on the same day the Emanuel church reopened its doors since the shooting incident.

“There are those who want to bypass this ugly sin that runs in our blood stream in America, and they’ve said this person (Roof) is mentally-challenged or mentally ill.” However, Pfleger isn’t buying that theory. “I doubt that he’s to intellectually challenge when he craftily planned this attack for two-months at this church that has so much history. He was not intellectually slow. He knew exactly what he was doing, and he chose the day and the time and the way.”

Saying Roof may or may not have been mentally ill, but do not “skirt the injustice and the basis of his actions which were racism, hatred and bigotry. Do not ignore that while we talk about mental illness. The man hated people, and he carried out his hate with the violence of the gun culture of America…,” Pfleger said Americans have become comfortable with…. Violence runs in our blood stream with hate.”

Pfleger said he was recently on a teleconference with faith leaders who were discussing how to protect the church given what happened in Charleston. “Give me a break. We’re the people of faith. We don’t arm ourselves at churches and tell our young people don’t arm yourself. How hypocritical is that?

“I call the churches to remember what Amos tells us, 23rd Chapter who are gathering in churches and ignoring this evil of racism and violence. “The Prophet says away with the noise of your songs. I will not listen to the music of your heart but let justice roll like a river and righteousness like a mighty stream.

“I would suggest that the people of faith not worry about protecting their pulpits but be more worried about protecting their prophetic voice that has been lost    in the pulpits in America,” said Pfleger.

He prayed for the families in Charleston and the Emanuel Church is that “we must prosecute and arrest that man who created that horrific act, but we must also arrest and prosecute the society that produces such a man filled with such hatred, racism and bigotry. We formed him,” said Pfleger.

Referring to the Rhodesia flag on his jacket, which is a sign of apartheid in South Africa, Pfleger said, “ He isn’t old enough to know about that. He was taught that. America taught him racism, prejudice and bigotry; so let’s arrest the society that produces such a man and let us pray that we force America to have the courage to face the evil of racism, hatred and bigotry that have become as natural as the air we breathe.

“Let’s cleanse our blood stream where hate runs free and demand that America e as good as she promises to be,” said Pfleger.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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