Monday, June 02, 2008

Fighting for Pfleger

Readers of this site know that one of its main purposes is to explore ways to integrate faith and art. We therefore rarely delve into political controversy, but we think it's important to make an exception in the case of Father Michael Pfleger. Though he has apologized for his recent sermon, in which he ridiculed Hillary Clinton, we praise and applaud him for using the art of stand-up comedy to spread the Catholic gospel of social justice. In case you haven't seen it:

His impersonation of Hillary Clinton— "I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show!!!"—is stand-up gold, as the crowd's reaction shows. It is very possible that he looked to Chris Rock for his inspiration:

(Sorry, but that was just about the only clean clip we could find.) Father Pfleger is breaking ground for Catholic clergy, and his brother priests would do well to follow his example by impersonating celebrities and political figures during their sermons.

They may also consider incorporating some meditations into the different driving styles of black and white people, like this one from The Simpsons:

Comedian: Yo, check this out: black guys drive a car like this.
[Leans back, as though his elbow were on the windowsill]
Do, do, ch. Do-be-do, do-be-do-be-do.
Yeah, but white guys, see, they drive a car like this.
[Hunches forward, talks nasally]
Dee-da-dee, a-dee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee.
[Audience howls with laughter]
Homer: Ah ha ha, it's true, it's true! We're so lame!

Stay strong, Father Pfleger—and don't forget: women be shoppin'!

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