Defiant Pfleger To Visit Holocaust Museum – With A Catch


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A defiant Father Michael Pfleger is criticizing the news media and others he says are trying to define his life, following his controversial decision to invite Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan to speak at Saint Sabina.

Pfleger welcomed Farrakhan to his own church in a show of support after media giant Facebook banned the Nation of Islam figurehead for what it calls hate speech. Critics say Farrakhan fosters anti-Semitic viewpoints, but Pfleger said Facebook shouldn't censor anyone.

Fallout for Pfleger included a strongly worded statement from Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich. Pfleger also said he got a call from someone identifying himself as a rabbi.

The caller, according to Pfleger, said: “We are not going to stop until we destroy you.”

“Interesting,” Pfleger said Wednesday. “But I want to make very clear: They got the wrong white boy.”

Pfleger said he is accepting an invitation to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum, but said he is countering with offer for museum staff to come to the DuSable Museum of African American History, "so we understand that one's pain does not negate another's pain."

The activist priest, who leads an African-American parish in Auburn Gresham, turned 70 on Wednesday.