Father Michael Pfleger Speaks on School Shooting about the Culture of Violence We’ve Created
Father Michael Pfleger, head of St. Sabina’s Church in the south side of Chicago, is no stranger to gun violence. Father Pfleger has mediated gang disputes and been on the front lines in the fight against violence in inner city communities, especially his own. But the father isn’t just concerned with the kids around the corner from him, he’s also saddened by the recent tragedy in Connecticut, where 18 school children were murdered in cold blood by a deranged gunman.
On his Facebook page, Father Pfleger lashed out at the culture of violence that we’ve created in America, and how it adds to the violence that we’re seeing right now:
“Almost everyday another Mass shooting, Malls, Subway Stations, Schools, while we fail to deal with easy access to guns and a climate of violence in America that we have aggressively shaped thru Government since 9/11, media,and entertainment. And these have all happened in States that allow Concealed Carry. The issue is rooted in the American Culture of Violence we have allowed to develop. What a Sad Day and what a Sad time in which we live. When will we have the courage to face the Society in which we live? And Where are the Faith Communities in the condemning of Violence and the DEMANDING OF PEACE and the TEACHING OF PEACE? We are all talking about the FISCAL CLIFF what about the VIOLENT CLIFF we’ve already gone over!”
Father Pfleger was successful in organizing a basketball tournament for peace in his home city of Chicago. Getting the support of Minister Louis Farrakhan and a few NBA players, Father Pfleger was able to single-handedly impact the violence rate within his own city.
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