The following was included in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times today, by Jeremy Levitt. I am excerpting it here so that those in churches and other organizations of faith may witness the courage and boldness of one community:
On Feb. 20, I visited St. Sabina Church, 1209 W. 78th, to hear Paul Rusesabagina speak (to listen to the speech, visit www.saintsabina.org). St. Sabina is a spirit-filled African-American Catholic community of faith, guided by the dynamic priest and messenger, the Rev. Michael L. Pfleger.
Rusesabagina is the former manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Rwanda whose story is depicted in the excellent and true-to-fact movie ''Hotel Rwanda.'' While the international community, including the United States and the United Nations, watched preventable genocide unfold in Rwanda, killing 1 million people, Rusesabagina saved the lives of more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from extremist Hutu killers.
At a post-speech press conference, Pfleger announced that in protest of genocide in Darfur, his church would no longer fly the American flag but rather the Sudanese flag at half staff until action is taken to end the atrocities in Darfur.