Islamic Minister Louis Farrakhan, known for his history as a civil rights leader for the African American community, seems to be getting deeper into trouble for his anti-Semitic speech in Detroit, the birth place of the Nation of Islam. Several Jewish organizations have decided to boycott any event featuring Mr. Farrakhan as a speaker, prompting the Jewish Anti-Defamation League to demand an apologize for his comments.
In 1988, a New York kosher dining hall wanted to cancel a speaking engagement that Louis Farrakhan was to speak at, for the Conscious and Concerned Citizens of New York, mostly made up of black Muslims and members of the Nation of Islam. The hall had received many complaints from the Jewish community wanting to boycott, or even picket if Mr. Farrakhan appeared. The Jewish Defense Organization also demanded the speaker’s cancellation, but The New York Times quoted the New York Mayor at the time, Ed Koch, asking them not to, by saying:
“when we go further and seek to impede his meeting or to stop him from speaking, we violate his right to speak and only enhance his status with those who engage in the very bigotry that he professes.”
In 2010, The World Jewish Congress reported that Farrakhan wrote letters to the leaders of more than a dozen major Jewish organization, in which he claimed that Jews had caused Black damage for centuries.
This time, the comments made May 17th by Louis Farrakhan about the Jewish community were a direct attack, and clearly anti-Semitic. According to the Detroit Free Press, Farrakhan referred to the Jews as satanic, and attacked what he referred to as the “Synagogue of Satan,” He also said that President Barack Obama had surrounded himself with Satan, referring to the Jewish people.
To add fuel to his fiery speech, Congressmen John Conyers was in attendance at Farrakhan’s sermon, and was reported to have even been nodding through some parts of the speech. Conyers is the oldest continuous member of Congress. He has served since 1965, and this is his 25th congressional term. Conyers felt heavy heat from the Jewish community and conservatives, and issued a statement saying
“Farrakhan made unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements, which I condemn in the strongest possible terms”
Louis Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, serving as minister for several mosques in New York’s Harlem district in Manhattan and in Boston, Massachusetts. He has not only been accused of antisemitism, but last year he spoke out against homosexuality, and was very critical of Barack Obama’s gay marriage endorsement. Farrakhan’s net worth is estimated at 3 million dollars, Celebrity Networth reports. Minister Farrakhan was interviewed on the Rock Newman Radio Show in April, where he declared that the African American community needed to buy Detroit property, to bring back its economy. He is also personally considering buying Detroit properties. In the interview, Farrakhan stated that the black people were superior, and that the
“white population was going down.”
Farrakhan also added that:
“the white man began with blacks and will end with blacks”
The minister claimed that blacks are the original human species, quoting scientific findings of the oldest human as being black, and continued to remark that white people came from blacks who were the original Adam and Eve. In the interview Newman asked him about the allegations that he had said that the Jewish religion was a “gutter religion”, and that he had allegedly said “Hitler was a great man.” Farrakhan made it clear that he was not referring to Judaism, but instead to
“the practice of those who claim to be Jews, and their practice is dirty, using God, and the prophets as a shield for unclean, unsavory, illegal, and wicked actions.”