Louis Farrakhan recently spewed more anti-Semitism during his keynote address at the Nation of Islam's national conference:
“I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are the chosen of God — that Israel or Palestine belongs to you,” Farrakhan said, to loud cheers.
“I want to disabuse you of that. I want to make it so clear and I’m going to tell you about your future. You that think you have power to frighten and dominate the peoples of the world. I’m here to announce the end of your time.”
Here are nine things you need to know about Farrakhan.
1. Farrakhan was born as Louis Walcott. Walcott originally had aspirations as a musician; he played the violin and performed as a calypso singer. He was recruited by Malcolm X to join the Nation of Islam, where Walcott morphed into the odious lunatic Minister Louis Farrakhan.
2. Farrakhan has made numerous anti-Semitic remarks. Here are some of them (H/T: Jewish Virtual Library) :
- "I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government...yes, they exercise extraordinary control, and black people will never be free in this country until they are free of that kind of control."
- "It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks. Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks...we know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11."
- "[U]ntil Jews apologize for their hand in that ugly slave trade; and until the Jewish rabbis and the Talmudic scholars that made up the Hamitic myth -- that we were the children of Ham, doomed and cursed to be hewers of wood and drawers of water -- apologize, then I have nothing to apologize for."
- "They [Israel and Jews] have been working for years to control your representatives in Congress, in the Senate, in the House of Representatives. They don't fear America because they control it from within."
- "The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road."
- "German Jews financed Hitler right here in America...international bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust...little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. Jews [were] playing violin, Jews [were] playing music, while other Jews [were] marching into the gas chambers."
Other anti-Semitic quotes of his include referring to Judaism as a "gutter religion" and saying in 1995, "Jews who owned the homes, the apartments and stores in the black community, we considered them bloodsuckers because they took from our community and built their community but didn't offer anything back to our community."
In a 2006 speech, Farrakhan declared, "These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic."
Farrakhan also praised President Donald Trump during the primaries for supposedly refusing to make money from Jews – a reference to Trump's pledge to self-fund his campaign – although Trump has never made any friendly overtures towards Farrakhan or said anything about not taking money from Jewish sources.
In one video, Farrakhan declares that "Hitler was a very great man." While Farrakhan said he didn't like Adolf Hitler's genocide against the Jews, he felt that Hitler did a phenomenal job rebuilding Germany. What's particularly disturbing about the video is that Farrakhan raised the point in regard to himself being compared to Hitler for his anti-Semitic statements. Farrakhan seems proud of the comparison and essentially treats Hitler's genocide against the Jews as if it were a trivial matter.
3. Farrakhan has also made incendiary racial statements against whites. These include:
- "When you are willing and not afraid anymore to pay the price for freedom — don’t let this white man tell you that violence is wrong. Every damn thing that he got, he got it by being violent — killing people, raping and robbing and murdering. He's doing it as we speak, and then he has the nerve to come and tell us that violence and hatred won’t get it. Don’t buy that!"
- Saying that whites are "worthy to be hated."
- Referring to "the white man" as the "anti-Christ."
- Calling whites the "race of devils."
- "I'm looking for 10,000 in the midst of a million. Ten thousand fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. Death is sweeter than continuing to live and bury our children while the white folks give our killers hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400 year-old enemy. Death is sweeter. The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breasts of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government won’t intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!"
- Farrakhan said of black preachers, "Your day of being the pacifier for the white man's tyranny upon black people, you got to know they're not going to hear you anymore."
- "White people are potential humans ... they haven't evolved yet."
- "It is an act of mercy to white people that we end your world…we must end your world and bring in a new world."
4. Farrakhan's language may have created the atmosphere that led to Malcolm X's assassination. When Malcolm X revealed that Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad was the perpetuator of his female teenage secretaries becoming pregnant, Farrakhan seethed that Malcolm X was a "traitor" who was "worthy of death." A couple of months later, Malcolm X was assassinated by three Nation of Islam members. Farrakhan has denied having a role in the assassination, although he has admitted that his incendiary rhetoric toward Malcolm X was a contributing factor in his death.
5. Farrakhan believes that someday the "Mother Wheel" will rain destruction upon "white America," but "save those who embrace the Nation of Islam." Here is how Farrakhan described the "Mother Wheel" in 2011: (H/T: The Blaze)
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day, but a pillar of fire by night. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the original scientists. It took 15 billion dollars in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by-a-half-mile. This Mother Wheel is like a small human built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.
It should come as no surprise then Farrakhan called for Barack Obama to reveal Area 51 to the public.
6. Farrakhan formed an alliance between the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology. Farrakhan became drawn into Scientology's teaching of "Dianetics," the bogus concept that the mind is driven by subsconscious experiences that only "auditors" can exterminate through various sessions (there's also some insane alien race lunacy). Thousands of Nation of Islam members became auditors and disciples of Scientology.
Farrakhan praised the founder of Scientology, the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, despite Hubbard's reported racism.
"I thank God for Mr. L. Ron Hubbard and I thank God for his research and teaching," Farrakhan said in 2012. "He's gone on now. So if he was a racist, that went in the ground. But I didn’t find racism in his book. If he was a hater, that went in the ground, but I didn’t find hate in his books. If he wanted nothing to do with black people, well maybe that’s in the ground."
It actually makes sense that the Nation of Islam and Church of Scientology would be aligned since, as the New Republic pointed out, they're both nutty cults:
There is, of course, the attachment to science fiction: Scientologists believe in an alien dictator, Xenu; the Nation holds that the white race was created by a mad scientist named Yakub. More significantly, though, at the core of both religions is a never-ending pursuit of a better self. In the case of Scientology, that best self is “clear” of residual traumas buried in the subconscious. In the Nation, that self is free of the hang-ups of white culture that black people have internalized to their detriment. Scientology, Farrakhan seems to believe, provides a new path toward black empowerment. “I’ve found something in the teaching of Dianetics, of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, that I saw could bring up from the depth of our subconscious mind things that we would prefer to lie dormant,” he said to his Chicago congregation in early summer. “How could I see something that valuable and know the hurt and sickness of my people and not offer it to them?”
HBO's 2015 Going Clear documentary on the Church of Scientology revealed that the cult has inflicted abuse on members, torn families apart because the church deems certain family members as a liability to the cult, and has used the personal information revealed in auditing sessions as blackmail to keep members in the cult, as detailed here.
7. Farrakhan has been rather friendly toward brutal dictators and spoken fondly of terror organizations. Farrakhan was very much opposed to the United States taking out Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, whom he called a "brother." Gaddafi had long been a donor to the Nation of Islam.
Farrakhan has also said flattering things about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1997:
"I don't know enough about Saddam Hussein to say that I admire him. But, I do respect the fact of his tenacity, in spite of all that is against him.
" The Nation of Islam leadersaid Iraqi dictator Saddam is more popular with his countrymen than President Clinton is with his, and insisted it is United Nations sanctions, not Saddam, that's responsible for famine in Iraq. "I don't think that Saddam Hussein is deliberately starving his own people," he told "Fox News Sunday."
"I would think that a man who gets 99%of the people to vote for him in an election and the people love him so much, how would they love a man that is starving them?
Farrakhan declared that sanctions against Hussein were a "mass form of terrorism."
Additionally, Farrakhan appeared in Iran in February 2016 and praised the terror regime:
“Since that [1979 Islamic] revolution, Brother [Iran's foreign affairs advisor Ali Akbar] Velayati explained the stages that this great nation has undergone in establishing that wonderful revolution,” Farrakhan said.
“I would hope that at this later stage, where you are now coming out from under sanctions—sanctions that were designed by the West to destroy the revolutionary spirit of the Iranian people, and cause the Iranian people to rise up against their government,” he continued.
“But thanks to Allah, the people of Iran stood firmly with their leadership. And the sanctions only caused Iran to look deep within itself. And now those sanctions are being lifted, but Iran is stronger, Iran is wiser, Iran is more influential.”
Iran's proxy army, the terror group Hezbollah, has been hailed by Farrakhan as "freedom fighters."
Additionally, Farrakhan subscribes to the conspiracy theory that Osama bin Laden was framed for the 9/11 terror attacks because it "was a false flag operation" perpetuated by "Israelis and Zionist Jews."
8. Farrakhan has ties to Obama. Mark Hyman of the American Spectator noted in 2008 that Obama spent 20 years listening to the vile sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a close ally of Farrakhan's.
"In spite of Farrakhan’s long history as a racist, bigot and anti-Semite, Obama thought favorably enough of him to join Farrakhan’s 1995 march on Washington, D.C.," wrote Hyman. "Reportedly, Obama joined Reverends Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton in organizing the march."
Farrakhan himself claimed that the Nation of Islam "backed [Obama] with money" for his bid to state office. A former top aide to Farrakhan told Newsmax in 2008 that Farrakhan and Obama had "an open line between them"–which he claimed was necessary to be in the political scene or else "you would be ostracized out of black Chicago"–and that Obama's speaking style is "Nation of Islam-like."
Newsmax also pointed out that when Obama was confronted about Farrakhan's endorsement of him in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, he denounced Farrakhan's anti-Semitic remarks, but did not denounce the man himself.
"I obviously can't censor him, but it is not support that I sought," Obama said. "And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with Minister Farrakhan."
9. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the frontrunner for the Democratic National Committee chair, is a former Nation of Islam member who defended Farrakhan. According to The Daily Caller, Ellison constantly defended Farrakhan from accusations of anti-Semitism and accusations that the Nation of Islam is racist using his "Keith Hakim" byline in columns. Ellison was also involved in organizing "a delegation to Farrakhan's Million Man March in Washington," per the Washington Post.
Ellison has left the Nation of Islam, claiming that he didn't know about their anti-Semitism until after the march and that he was only in the Nation of Islam for about a year and a half. However, according the Weekly Standard:
Ellison admits that he worked on behalf of the Nation of Islam in 1995. At a rally for the Million Man March held at the University of Minnesota, Ellison appeared onstage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who ran true to form: According to a contemporaneous Star Tribune article, "If words were swords, the chests of Jews, gays and whites would be pierced."
Even in 1995, Ellison's work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name "Keith X Ellison." He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary.
As the article notes, "Ellison himself was the purveyor of the Nation of Islam's noxious party line in his every public utterance touching on related issues over the course of a decade."
Clearly, Ellison was involved in the Nation of Islam for a much longer period than the 18 months he claimed. Years after, he stood onstage with Muhammad, a man who worked as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam and personal assistant to Farrakhan. Muhammad's record of anti-Semitic and anti-white invectives were vulgar to the point where even Farrakhan had to cut ties with him in the late 1990s due to Muhummad's "tone." And yet, it wasn't until 2002 that Ellison renounced the Nation of Islam.
If Ellison is truly no longer the man who defended the Nation of Islam, then why did he lie about his involvement with the organization?
(H/T: Discover The Networks)
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