Disgusting: Chicago Firefighter ‘Priest’ Uses Fellow’s Funeral For Union Speech

-By Warner Todd Huston

Father Thomas Mulcrone made an ass of himself at the funeral for fallen Chicago Firefighter Edward Stringer on Tuesday, Dec. 28 by delivering some union-like hectoring of the city from the pulpit during his dead comrade’s eulogy. Mulcrone’s union-centric address was as disgusting a display as I can imagine and at the most inappropriate time imaginable.

Sadly Stringer, a 12-year veteran Chicago Fireman, perished in a fire a few days before Christmas when a roof of an abandoned building collapsed on him and several other firemen. One other fireman, Corey Ankum, was also killed that terrible day.

At the funeral on Tuesday morning, Father Mulcrone, a Catholic Priest attached to the Chicago Fire Department for some 25 years, launched into some finger waving at all those people who claim that Firemen don’t deserve the money they make.

“I would challenge those people this morning to look at Ed’s casket, to look on Corey’s casket on Thursday and I would ask them how much is too much… for this sort of devotion?”

What an inappropriate time to launch into this sort of union hectoring of those people looking to balance the city’s budget!

First of all, few people say that firemen make too much money. What they are saying however, is that the bloated pensions of public employees are breaking the bank and killing every city in America, not just Chicago. Also, no one is saying that just Chicago firefighters should have their lavish retirement benefits cut. People are saying that all public employees are making too much and at too early an age. No one is singling out firemen.

Secondly, does any fireman, policeman or soldier go into their jobs blindly ignorant that they might lose their lives in the course of their duties? I don’t see how they could. Risking life and limb is part of the job for firemen and neither Stringer nor Ankum were unaware of the risks.

In the end this was a disgusting display of union-like hectoring and at a funeral yet. This Father Mulcrone should be ashamed of himself for bringing politics into such a solemn occasion.

Then again, union flacks have no shame, do they?


By the way, all the threatening letters, curse filled missives, and hate-filled notes from all you wonderful, wonderful “Father” Mulcrone supporters are just what I would have expected to receive from lapsed Catholic, union thugs. Thanks for proving me right. Further your misspelled rants are just the sort of hate I’d expect from supporters of a guy that would use a firefighter’s funeral to make a union speech.

There seems to be a bit of confusion by you distempered union thugs abut what I am saying, so let me be clear here. I despise your union and think it should be made illegal. But it isn’t just yours I am against. I think every public employee union should be eliminated and made illegal like they were before 1958. You people are one of the reasons why government is over spent, unresponsive, anti-democratic, un-American, and dangerous to the best interests of good governance. The fact is that public employee unions are antithetical to good government and all of them should be eliminated. All – of – them.

Our police and firemen deserve a good wage, one fair for what they do. They should also be taken care of if they are injured in the line of duty or fall in that work. But they are NO DIFFERENT than anyone else in the normal course of life. If you don’t like the danger of your job, get a job at McDonald’s.

Now, don’t waste any more of your time disgorging your bile at me in my email box. Your badly written, uninformed blather will just be deleted. I really couldn’t care less what union thugs like you think. After all, you don’t know a thing about me so spare me your idiotic pop psychology and stupid assumptions. You really are making yourself look moronic with your sad attempts to sound intelligent not to mention making yourself look like childish with your threats and fourth-grade writing skills.

Thanks for reading. Ta ta, now.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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