Fr. Pfleger’s Reckless Anti-Gun Protest To Shut Down Chicago Expressway Saturday

Father Michael Pfleger St. Sabina Gun Control Anti-Gun Dan Ryan

Father Michael Pfleger loves the spotlight. The Windy City anti-gun priest has earned his reputation for hot air and left-wing social justice work. Along those lines, he plans a Saturday morning protest to disrupt Chicago-area holiday weekend commuters by shutting down the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94).

Alienating apolitical motorists will never win them over to your cause. But don’t tell the attention-seeking “priest” that. In the words of Napoleon, “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

The leftist activist priest claims to support peace but sometimes encourages violence. Especially when it comes to law-abiding gun owners. However in Illinois, good guy gun owners have frequently pushed back, blunting the effectiveness of Pfleger’s camera-ready antics.

Father Michael Pfleger St. Sabina Gun Control Anti-Gun Dan Ryan

So now, the pastor wants to block traffic on an Interstate to force a dialogue between his followers and political leaders.  Really. In effect, for their protest, they want to hold commuters hostage.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Reckless Anti-gun Protest To Shut Down Chicago Expressway Saturday Morning

Image via Chicago Tribune

In a show of defiance Tuesday, activist and South Side Catholic priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others ripped up a statement from Illinois State Police warning of arrests if they moved forward with an anti-violence march that will shut down a portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway this weekend

“When people keep ignoring you, you take it up a notch, and we are moving to one of the main arteries in the city to say we are not going to have business as usual,” Pfleger said during a morning news conference. “We are going to continue to take it up a notch until we get responses.”…

Just like taking hostages in a bank robbery, holding commuters hostage will guarantee a response from authorities.

Reckless Anti-gun Protest To Shut Down Chicago Expressway Saturday Morning

At the same time, the Catholic priest clearly knows how to play the media. He provided the reporters some high drama by tearing up the warning he received from the Illinois State Police. Then Pfleger had an innocent 15-year-old girl deliver his demands for him.

Rieonna Holmon, 15, said she and others are demanding to meet with Gov. Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials — along with those running for office — to discuss solutions to gun violence.

“You can’t keep saying it’s just gang violence because at the end of the day it’s still gun violence,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s still innocent human beings dying because of a stray bullet.”

The group gathered Tuesday morning at St. Sabina Catholic Church, where Pfleger is pastor, wants elected officials to work to provide better jobs and better schools on the city’s South and West sides, pockets of which are plagued by violence.

Regardless of the wisdom of a 15-year-old, gang violence remains gang violence. In spite of the teen’s claims, we know guns don’t cause violence any more than spoons cause obesity. Naive adolescent teenagers may not know better. Especially in a city where barely one in four school students can read at grade level.

Meanwhile, the Illinois State Police have said they will not tolerate any protest shutting down Interstates. Also from the Tribune.

At an unrelated news conference Tuesday morning, Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said his officers plan to physically prevent people from walking onto the Dan Ryan. The agency has jurisdiction over the expressway.

“We’re not looking to arrest people. I mean if people break the law, we may have to arrest people. But that’s not what our goal is here,” he said. “That’s not our goal. Our goal is to save lives whether it be the young children or people in the city or motorists. We just don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Time will tell if the Illinois State Police keep the Dan Ryan Expressway open. It all depends upon the turnout of people willing to face arrest. And how many media outlets show up to record Pfleger’s attempt to foment chaos and anarchy.

comments

  1. avatar Rocketman says:

    Isn’t the act of shutting down the interstate an act of terrorism? Illinois State Police don’t be afraid of using tear gas and night sticks on these people because they’re only one step away from adopting the tactics of ANTIFA.

    1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      “Isn’t the act of shutting down the interstate an act of terrorism?”

      It would certainly be called such if a group of Pro-Gun demonstrators performed such an act.

    2. avatar New Continental Army says:

      I say fire up the bulldozers. Or wait, Illinois? I know they have those massive snow plows up there that suck in the snow and blow it off to the side. Send a few of those in for good measure. Might as well put down salt too, after it’s all said and done.

      1. avatar dlj95118 says:

        …bring in the Scoops!

        1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

          “Soylent Green is people!”

        2. avatar Gralnok says:

          Fry: What if the main ingredient in Slurm is people?!

          Leela: Oh, they already have that. It’s called Soylent Soda.

          Fry: Really? What does it taste like?

          Leela: Oh, it varies from person to person.

        3. avatar Zookeeper says:

          Great answer to the problem,” bring on the scoops ” But I as a Christian I have to say this. Just because someone wears a collar or stands in a pulpit doesn’t mean he’s a Christian by any means, and should be removed from his or her position in the church. The church doesn’t give you the right to spew your personal beliefs while hiding behind the banner of GOD.

    3. avatar neiowa says:

      Interstate Commerce – Interference with commerce by threats or violence

      20years https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1951

      Run over the prog SOB

    4. avatar FlamencoD says:

      No, my understanding of the various definitions of terrorism is that they all involve intentional violence and most of them, death, for political reasons or gain. Stopping cars, while I think it’s foolish, is not terrorism. It could be considered more a riot since it is disruptive.

      1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        Turn em into road kill. If you lay down in traffic you get run over.

      2. avatar Bob999 says:

        Just read an article about a guy that used an armored vehicle to stop traffic on a bridge near the Hoover Dam. One of the charges was terrorism. But of course, the idiot will likely spend the rest of his life in prison regretting doing it on the Arizona side of the bridge instead of the Nevada (blue state) side.

  2. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    These anti-gun Chicago morons need to realize the facts of the matter. They live in one of the worst gun control filled States hands down and they still have an enormous amount of violence and murders with firearms. You think that they would actually wake up and smell the coffee and realize that gun control doesn’t work for criminals that’s the definition of the freaking word criminal someone who doesn’t follow the law and yet they want to pass more and more restrictive gun laws. This will do nothing to stop their violence problem however it will affect the Second Amendment rights of every law-abiding citizen that is hampered by these tyrannical laws. With restricting our constitutional rights as Citizens you are actually in acting slavery upon the citizens of the states that have these ridiculous anti-second Amendment laws.

    1. avatar Ironhead says:

      I officially left Illinois yesterday, moved to a free state.
      They dont care that the BS laws dont work. The whole point of the laws not working is so they can pass more laws until law abiding citizens are unarmed subjects. Then they have complete control.

      1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

        Welcome back to America.

      2. avatar Weapon Of War says:

        Good deal. I vowed never to set foot in that shit state again. So far, so good.

    2. avatar Huntmaster says:

      What these protesters really need to understand is that Chicago commuters don’t have a lot of patience for this kind of thing. It isn’t going to end well. Hopefully Rev. Pfleger will be around to administer last rights to those that were willing to die for the cause.

  3. avatar Imayeti says:

    Block the freeway to protest guns? Next they’ll boycott yogurt to end war? Or wear mismatched socks to end hunger?

  4. avatar Ironhead says:

    Ways to prevent gun violence? Have all the democrats stop shooting each other.
    Guns do not commit acts of violence. This is a stupid terminology.

  5. avatar Mark N. says:

    Heck, let ’em play in traffic. When they get hit by a passing semi, that’ll learn ’em!

    1. avatar bobo says:

      gotta love that THUMP!

    2. avatar New Continental Army says:

      With the way people drive around Chicago, I imagine this will be a very interesting day.

    3. avatar Random NYer says:

      Can we please not be dicks? Hoping people get run over and killed for blocking traffic really makes us look like dicks.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        oh, god.
        i’m such a dick.

      2. avatar Richard Tyrant says:

        My parents called me dick before I was even born.

      3. avatar matt says:

        if you stand in the middle of the interstate where im driving, im damn sure not stopping. ive seen how that turns out. i aint even turning my cruise control off, ima hit your ass at 74 mph

      4. avatar Mark N. says:

        Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

        1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”

          And in honor of that sentiment, here’s a Trump protester getting shot in the nuts by a cop for kicking a tear gas cartridge back at the cops :

      5. avatar RandomTXguy says:

        Because people give a hoot about some random New Yorker? Get back to work you have lots of money to raise for your state government

      6. avatar Ranger Rick says:

        I’m a Dick, as anybody and I’m proud of it.

      7. avatar CC says:

        Can we please not be dicks? Hoping people get run over and killed for blocking traffic really makes us look like dicks

        sorry the gun control advocates tend to wish (and commit) violence much more readily.

        And this guy CREATING a danger to innocent motorists.

  6. avatar bobo says:

    in the case of a unplanned or unpermitted protest that blocks a MAJOR travel route

    The leadership should be held100% accountable for the bill and any loss incurred by those stuck in the traffic…including spoilage and worker overtime or lass of biz
    then be 100% responsible and punishable for anyone who is injured by the protest (aka accidents caused by it blocking the road) and libel for any deaths that happened because rescue equipment can not reach the person or get them to a hospital in time!

    then part 2 if the numbers of drivers blocked exceed the protesters by a factor of 2X –then they can vote to REMOVE protesters via democratic majority rule …in other words…BEAT THEM till they move or toss them off the highway or blocked bridge!

    but if you have a permit via the local police–all of the above is on them as normal!

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      The leadership should be held100% accountable for the bill and any loss incurred by those stuck in the traffic

      Just send the bill to Snuffy’s Bishop.
      That’ll teach him to keep his so-called clergy in line.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        There is not standard of “in line”. They are so hard up for personnel they won’t bench anyone. Or certainly won’t for political stuff will just ignore or rationalize. See the head nut job now in the main office in Rome.

    2. avatar Just Sayin says:

      Have them removed via helicopter.
      ;-D

  7. avatar D Y says:

    I believe there is footage of how to handle roadway obstructions in Illinois already.

    Ahh, here it is: https://youtu.be/XsxwhRiiWtc?t=98

  8. avatar David Kimmel says:

    Is it not contributing to the delinquency of a minor by encourage and organizing for a minor to break the law?

  9. avatar Gralnok says:

    Move, bitch! Get outta the way! 😎

    Seriously though, I wish people would leave the major highways alone. Many people, myself included, do not have proper bumpers on their vehicles. A man sized object would cause significant damage to the radiator. Maybe we could pay a couple of truckers to clear the way.

  10. avatar Zerplex says:

    Bring back the wood shampoo.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    . . . and altar boys all over Chicago are breathing a sigh of relief.

  12. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Where’s the great mediator and “community organizer”? Now more than ever Chicago needs Obama and he’s AWOL.

  13. avatar MIO says:

    Tyr that stuff here ya speedbump

  14. avatar Huntmaster says:

    Don’t try this in Boston.

  15. avatar The Rookie says:

    Of all the places to pick, the Dan Ryan ? Man, someone’s going to get killed out there.

  16. avatar Ogre says:

    When I travel from Virginia to Wisconsin (to visit kin), I avoid Chicago like the plague. Although it is a bit out of my way, I go west from Indianapolis on I-73 to Bloomington-Normal, IL, and pick up I-39 north to the IL-WI border. There isn’t much traffic, it’s a quick drive, relatively speaking, and you only have to pay one toll after you get back on I-90 near the WI border. And NO Chicago. So if you’re going north to Wisconsin, that would be the way to go. I’ve never been to Chicago/Cook County without there being major roadwork screwing things up, lots of traffic, and oh! those tolls.

    How this guy became a priest is beyond me – and the church must be desperate to keep him. No common sense and he seems to have given up on saving souls in favor of becoming a left-wing SJW and a major pain in the keester. Kind of like his brother in crime, Jesse Jackson.

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      Oh yeah the Illinois tolls will bankrupt you…I live in ILLinois and avoid them like the plague. May the bad fadda’ get what’s coming to “him”-get ’em ISP!

  17. avatar CZJay says:

    Not surprised by Michael Pfleger actions.

  18. avatar Hannibal says:

    Ah yes, the good father that employs men as bodyguards who are ILLEGALLY carrying guns. We should definitely listen to him.

    Good news is: unlike Chicago PD (and it’s political cronies), the ISP don’t feel the need to play around with Pfleger.

  19. avatar dpk54 says:

    This guy is such a phony!!!! Just wants his face plastered on the TV cameras!! If he really wanted to make a statement, why in hell doesn’t he lead his protest through the bad neighborhoods where this crap seems to be more prevalent???? Isn’t he the perfect example of a hypocrite!!! I wouldn’t trust this guy as far as I could throw him!! And what about all the extra law enforcement that will have to be pulled from other areas or pull overtime just to keep traffic from running this moron down??? I’d arrest his ass if it were up to me…..his antics will disrupt and impede the flow of traffic, and if traffic on other days of the week is any indication, motorists will NOT be happy if they have to be diverted to routes that will increase travel times. Give it up, Father…if you can actually call yourself that!!! Welcome to the hellhole of Chicago!!

  20. avatar Chadwick says:

    Isn’t this the same guy that had his armed security gaurd busted for carrying a gun without one of those fancy permits? Yeah, pretty sure that’s this guy. Look it up. Funny as hell.

  21. avatar Crabbyoldguy says:

    Don’t they already have laws against random discharging of weapons in the neighborhoods? Perhaps these folks would be better serving their flock by reminding their parishioners about the consequences rather than trying to cut to the front of the line with their imaginary blame.

  22. avatar oldandshaky says:

    Back when Democrats were Democrats , 1968 Chicago (come to think of it, the party was unraveling already with the riots), Hizzoner Richard J. Daley said, “The policeman isn’t there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder.” (Confirmed my memory with wikipedia.) One wonders whether the city would be better off with the old mayor back in office.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Ah yes, I remember the riots so well. I was 12 at the time, and it was on the news every night. Hizoner was mighty pissed at all the shenanigans. He’s sit in the convention hall with the most amazing scowl on his face! I also seem to recall (but was young) that The Boss didn’t have much nice to say about the press either. He was actually yelling when he said what you quoted.

  23. avatar MGD says:

    Excuse me, but didn’t this idiot’s body guards just get charged with gun violations?

  24. avatar Dakman says:

    Mercer county Illinois just became the 30th county in Illinois to vote to become a firearms sanctuary county. Screw this religious demagogue. His place in Hell is already reserved.

  25. avatar Vvactor says:

    someone should just perform a citizens arrest on him for being a pedestrian in the roadway, obstructing traffic, reckless conduct, mob action, just to name a few.

    1. avatar Dan in Detroit says:

      want a laugh?
      imagine a plainclothes officer conducting a lawful arrest for all the things you mentioned. And then the rev’s armed security thugs get involved because they think the person doing an arrest is just some regular schmuck they think they can get away with roughing up.
      There’s no part of this idea that doesn’t amuse me.

  26. avatar DaveL says:

    If Father Pfleger wants to argue whether it’s “gang violence” or “gun violence”, I propose an experiment. We’ll put all the gang members over at his place, and all their guns over at mine, and we’ll see which place has less violence.

    1. avatar m. says:

      the ahole phlegmer with the little piece of toilet paper in his collar needs to gtfo & stay out.

  27. avatar Grumpster says:

    That expressway goes through the really bad side of Chicago. When I used to have to travel it there was almost always an ambulance trying to works its way through traffic. I hope nobody loses their life in the back of an ambulance stuck in traffic because of a protest suffering from gun shot/knife wounds, heart attack, or stroke.

    The police need to clear the Dan Ryan in very short order. Tempers will flare and there will be road rage incidents, maybe even shootings. People drive like freaking maniacs on the Dan Ryan.

  28. avatar n64456 says:

    Yeah….. I don’t take moral advice from pedophiles….

  29. avatar Anon says:

    Why won’t he protest against all the priests, bishops and cardinals who were (are) pedophiles who the Catholic Church rotated to keep them hid?
    Guess it’s not important.

    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      He knows better than to F with his bosses.

  30. avatar Ralph says:

    That Father is a mother.

  31. avatar Joseph says:

    Maybe somebody will run over his stupid ass.

  32. avatar cj says:

    fake ass priest needs to read his own book… never once does God blame the tool of the sin, just the sinner… God doesn’t blame the tree of knowledge that Adam and Eve ate from, or the rock that killed Abel…. God didn’t take an axe to the tree he kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden…he didn’t atomize the rock Cain used on Abel, he messed up Cain and kicked him out…

  33. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

    I thought churches needed to stay out of political stuff. Shouldn’t this pseudo god squadder lose his non profit status?

  34. avatar That Deaf SOB says:

    So, exactly how does the thought process run when planning something like this? Is it:

    “We need a way to win people over to our cause and stop people getting shot. What should we do?”

    “Let’s block a major interstate and cause road rage!”

    “Great idea! Okay, that’s the plan!”

  35. avatar LarryC says:

    Quote: “Father Michael Pfleger loves the spotlight.”
    I cannot understand why any of you, including the person who posted this story, would call that person “father.” We should only call our actual biological father, father. And God, of course, but that is it, as far as I am concerned.

    Michael Pfleger, a catholic pastor who lives in Chicago… would be a whole lot more appropriate, in my honest opinion. None of these idiots should be shown any respect by the people that they are attacking and calling terrorists.

  36. avatar Barry Smith says:

    Why can’t the church do something about this man’s antics? The church stopped him in the past, whats wrong with Blaze Cupish? Surely he can stop this man from being an over zealous, sinner. Pride and egotism, sure sings of a sinner!

  37. avatar Alan says:

    Were any of these left wing anti gun rights types who seemingly saw fit to block a PUBLIC ROAD, creating who knows what sort of danger to the public safety arrested? None were? Pardon me for asking but HOW COME?

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