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As Ye Sow

Old Lou Farrakhan had a farm,
N-O-Jew-N-O:

Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show.

They include an Islamic charity tied to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a Midwestern group devoted to waterfowl habitat, and a major conservation group with few farms to its name.

The group tied to Farrakhan, called the Three Year Economic Saving Program, has received nearly $160,000 in farm subsidies since 2002. The program was incorporated on Sept. 12, 2001, and is listed as “Not in Good Standing” by Illinois’s secretary of state.

The program has no record of ever being a charity with the Illinois Attorney General Office, which oversees the state’s 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The program nevertheless funded an operation called Muhammad Farms, purchased by Farrakhan in 1995. While Muhammad Farms consists of about 1,500 acres in Georgia, its farm subsidies are received at Farrakhan’s Chicago home.

The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the Nation of Islam a “black separatist group” and Farrakhan’s rhetoric “deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay,” stating that the Nation of Islam’s theology includes “innate black superiority over whites.”

Which he’s just demonstrated, it seems to me.

Farrakhan is hardly alone in bilking the system, so let’s not single him out. Oh, why not? Let’s!

The Muhammad Farms website says supporters can donate “tax deductible contributions” to the Three Year Economic Saving Program. Yet the IRS’s public database of 990 forms (which can prove a nonprofit’s tax-exempt status) shows no such listing for either Muhammad Farms, the Nation of Islam or the Three Year Program. Some religious organizations are exempt from filing 990 forms, which may allow the Three Year Economic Program to evade disclosing its assets. Through the Freedom of Information Act, nonprofits are required to provide the past three years’ 990 forms on request, and the Nation of Islam has not returned calls requesting the forms or comment.

Funny how the Nation of Islam has ripped off taxpayers for years with impunity, while any organization with the words “tea” or “citizen” in its name got the equivalent of a body cavity search from the IRS. Real funny.

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Unity For Me, But Not For Thee

The Reverend Louis Farrakhan (née Wolcott) gave a speech. It was about unity and justice and all that [bleep].

But you know what it was really about:

As he has done in the past, he also lashed out at Jews, saying they fostered division among blacks as well as misrepresentations of black leaders through what he said was their control of the publishing industry. Farrakhan also compared himself to Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company who actively promoted the idea of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy through his local newspaper.

Ford was “a great man who was called an ant-Semite,” Farrakhan said, praising the auto pioneer’s measures to improve the living conditions of his employees through higher pay. “I feel like I’m in good company.”

Additionally:

Farrakhan has been accused himself of using anti-Semitic language in speeches, recently in May at Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel. In Detroit last year, Farrakhan denounced “satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan” that he said controls major U.S. institutions and said President Barack Obama has “surrounded himself with Satan … members of the Jewish community.”

Sunday, he addressed that criticism. “I don’t hate Jewish people,” he said.

Well, why not? You don’t hate “Satan”, Louie? You don’t hate:

“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…”

I have warned you that Allah will punish you. You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell.

“They call them [Hezbollah] terrorists, I call them freedom fighters.

“That’s a slave talking. Who was he [Julian Bond] talking to? He was talking to his masters. Sir, I am not the least bit disturbed by that. Any time the Jewish philanthropists financed the NAACP, they have a stake in what the NAACP does. So the leaders of that organization have to kowtow to those kinds of powers. That’s what I’m angry about. I’m hateful of their inordinate control over black politicians, black intellectuals, black organizations…

“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.”

No, he doesn’t hate Jews.

What’s just as disturbing as Farrakhan’s Jew-hating acid bath is that it doesn’t appear until the 18th paragraph (plus or minus—who can count that deep into a story?). Does anything else matter? Who cares what else he said? How can anyone else there (politicians, clergy, fans) not be shamed by his words? how is he not shunned by decent people as a pariah?

And how can the media report it as an afterthought? Why is unremediated antisemitism not news?

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Rouhani’s Dance Card

No wonder he had no time to grant President Obama’s prostrate plea for a photo op. There were so many other more important leaders he had to meet.

We saw one yesterday:


President Rouhani with Xaviera Hollander

Obama: Well, how about dinner?

Rouhani: I have plans.

Farrakhan and his entourage attended a dinner party hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday night. Rouhani’s dinner party was held on the second floor of the One UN Hotel, where the Iranian delegation is staying, and at the same time as President Obama’s party at the Waldorf Astoria just blocks away.

Farrakhan made headlines during the General Assembly last year when he dined with Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Farrakhan is no stranger to controversy. He has been blasted for his anti-Semitic remarks and has aligned himself with former Iranian presidents and other controversial world leaders. In 2011, Farrakhan blasted Obama, calling him a “murderer” in response to the death of Qaddafi.

“We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart,” Farrakhan said. “Now he’s an assassin.”

Rouhani doesn’t appear to think any more of Obama, who extended an olive branch to the rogue nation when he told the General Assembly “regime change” in Iran is not the goal of the U.S., and urged peaceful talks to diffuse Tehran’s nuclear program. But Rouhani spurned Obama later, refusing to shake his hand because there was “not enough time.”

Obama fooled a lot of people, Louie. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Now, can you think of anything else you got wrong? Take a minute, don’t rush.

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Goodbye, Detroit

Fiscal laws are like physical laws: what goes up most come down. Hence Detroit’s economic and social collapse. But you know what else is inevitable in such a situation?

The laws of fascism:

It’s no secret that Minister Louis Farrakhan isn’t fond of the Jews.

Still, the regional chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is disturbed that Detroit’s black leaders who attended Farrakhan’s speech last Friday “turned a blind eye” to his anti-Semitic rantings at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, according to Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press. Farrakhan heads the Nation of Islam.

In classic Farrakhan-speak, he referred May 17 to “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan,” which he said controlled major institutions in the U.S, the Freep reported. He also claimed President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan . . . members of the Jewish community.”

The ADL wants local figures to step up and condemn his remarks.

“It is deeply disappointing that so many Detroit leaders are apparently so willing to turn a blind eye to Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism,” Heidi Budaj, regional director of the Michigan branch of the Anti-Defamation League, told Warikoo. “Where are the voices in our community who are willing to stand up and say ‘no’ to racism and anti-Semitism?”

Attending Farrakhan’s speech were the pastor of the church, Rev. Wendell Anthony, who heads the Detroit Branch NAACP; U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Detroit; Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, and other religious and political leaders, the Free Press reported.

Anthony, Watson, Conyers and Farrakhan’s office did not return Freep calls for comment.

Ask, and ye shall receive:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the statement by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) strongly denouncing Minister Louis Farrakhan’s remarks during a meeting with Detroit City Council members and local clergy last week as “unacceptable, racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic.”

There’s more of the speech here—knock yourselves out—but I see no references to homosexuality. Just sayin’.

Now that Detroit is in the hands of responsible managers (Republicans), some of us might look more kindly on providing assistance in its long climb toward solvency and stability (neither of which is assured by any means). Now, not so much. If you look to the Nation of Islam for help, Detroit, you can forget about the nation of America.

But you have a great day!

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Shrimp Louis

I’ve had so much to tell you while we were down! (Some technical glitch I don’t understand, and which I put down to the machinations of David Axelrod anyway.)

Let me start with this:

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressed an estimated 600 students at UC Berkeley last Saturday and told black students not to befriend any Jew without first reading “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” a book that promotes the thesis that Jews were behind the black slave trade. Heck of a way to start up a friendship!

Scholars both black and white have exposed the NOI book as a pack of lies, a modern day calumny which, much like their medieval analogues — “the Jews poisoned the wells,” “the Jews make matzo with the blood of Christian children” — is meant to incite hatred toward Jewish people. Dangerous hatred. The Daily Californian reports that Jewish students were hurt and shocked.

But that’s not even the point of the author. After all, this is Farrakhan and this is Berkeley. What else would one expect?

Perhaps not this:

In 1994, an African Muslim from Mauritania — Mohammed Athie — and I broke the story of a modern-day slave trade in Mauritania and Sudan in The New York Times. We reported that perhaps 300,000 African Muslims were still serving Arab/Berber masters; “Black Africans in Mauritania were converted to Islam more than 100 years ago,” we wrote, “but while the Koran forbids the enslavement of fellow Muslims, in this country race outranks religious doctrine. These people are chattel: used for labor, sex and breeding. They may be exchanged for camels, trucks, guns or money. Their children are the property of the master.”

In Sudan, Africa’s largest country, we reported that slavery was “making a comeback, the result of a 12-year-old war waged by the Muslim north against the black Christian and animist south. Arab militias, armed by the Government, raid villages, mostly those of the Dinka tribe, shoot the men and enslave the women and children. These are kept as personal property or marched north and sold.” We based our reports on government documents, human rights publications and a stunning interview with a UN official.

PBS’s Tony Brown Show, the most popular black news program at the time, invited Mohammed and me to speak about slavery. Immediately after our appearance, we were verbally attacked by Farrakhan’s spokesman, who denied that blacks served Arab masters in Sudan or — worse from the NOI’s point of view — that black Muslims served Arab Muslim masters in Mauritania. Farrakhan’s “calling,” funded in part by Arab dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was to break the black-Jewish civil rights alliance while teaching American blacks that Islam was their path to freedom. Not in Sudan and Mauritania, it wasn’t!

The NOI was serious about shutting us up. Samuel Cotton, a black reporter for the City Sun, New York’s second-largest black paper, conducted a thorough investigation that resulted in a five-part series. “Arab Masters, Black Slaves” screamed across the front page in New York’s news kiosks. The NOI warned Sam. They followed and menaced him when he spoke in Chicago, not far from their headquarters. Sam’s book “Silent Terror” — which chronicled his experience reporting on the Mauritanian slave trade — has since become an underground classic.

At a press conference in Washington, D.C. in 1996, Farrakhan was asked about reports of slavery in Sudan. According to the New York Times, he challenged them: “If slavery exists, go … to Sudan, and come back and tell the American people what you found.” The Baltimore Sun sent two reporters to Sudan. They found and liberated slaves and published a special four-page insert in the paper’s weekend edition. Farrakhan refused their request for an interview and pretty much went radio silent on slavery issues until fairly recently.

Why has Farrakhan decided in recent days that he can safely replay his “Jews were the slavers” card? I believe that the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic climate on California’s campuses emboldened him to regurgitate the attack. UC President Mark Yudof condemned Farrakhan’s message but defended his rights to free speech. I wonder what Mr. Yudof would do if a Ku Klux Klan speaker asked for the same rights and a platform on his free-speech campus.

Meanwhile, I encourage the student body to visit our website at www.iabolish.org to learn about the plight of modern day slaves, especially those in Sudan and Mauritania, where political correctness and fear have blocked human rights activists — who should be the slaves’ most vociferous champions — from taking moral action to set them free.

I’m glad the African American students in the video clip above took the message of self-reliance and empowerment from Reverend Farrakhan, and ignored (judging from their comments) his nastier insinuations. After all, Hitler delivered pretty much the same message to the Germans, and they were nowhere near as discerning.

BTW, forget the Klan speaking at Berkeley. Would Mark Steyn be invited? Alan Dershowitz? Caroline Glick? Clarence Thomas? Don’t bother packing your parka, Rev. Farrakhan; Hell would freeze over first.

PS: I knew California was bankrupt, but I didn’t realize that extended to morality as well.

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Haven’t They Suffered Enough?

John Edwards used the earthquake as backdrop for an image rehabilitation appearance. It didn’t work. Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin have been down there. Even Oprah is there right now.

But this is just unfair:

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has arrived in Haiti, saying he wants to see how his organization can help the poor Caribbean country rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Farrakhan tells reporters at the airport that he has always wanted to visit Haiti. He says he is particularly interested in learning about Voodoo, the religion widely practiced in Haiti.

He was greeted at the airport Sunday by Haitian Foreign Minister Laurent Lamorthe before talking to reporters. Farrakhan is expected to meet with Haiti’s president later in the week.

Oh, come off it, Louie. You can learn about voodoo on the internet. Start with Wikipedia. I hope somebody down there sticks needles in his effigy.

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Antisemitism, Michael Moore, Christianity

University of Wisconsin Law Professor has an interesting post about the antisemitism in the OWS protests and the antisemitism backed up by his interpretation of Christianity in Michael Moore’s film, Capitalism.

Long-time readers of this blog, or scholars in the field of antisemitism, know that the original church inspired antisemitism (Jews as Satan, Jews as Money Changers, etc.) morphed into secular expressions of antisemitism. Karl Marx wrote a book called “A World Without Jews” for example. It is rare to find such a clear combination of antisemitism inspired by Christianity and antisemitism inspired by Left-wing thought as Althouse found and wrote about.

I think Moore is seriously motivated by Christianity. He says he is (and has been since he was a boy). And he presented various priests, Biblical quotations, and movie footage from “Jesus of Nazareth” to make the argument that Christianity requires socialism. With this theme, I found it unsettling that in attacking the banking system, Moore presented quite a parade of Jewish names and faces. He never says the word “Jewish,” but I think the anti-Semitic theme is there. We receive long lectures about how capitalism is inconsistent with Christianity, followed a heavy-handed array of — it’s up to you to see that they are — Jewish villains.

Am I wrong to see Moore as an anti-Semite? I don’t know, but the movie worked as anti-Semitic propaganda. I had to struggle to fight off the idea the movie seemed to want to plant in my head.

And, unsurprisingly, “Michael Moore is giddy over Occupy Wall Street.”

My own view is that this information is well-established and over-determined, meaning that there are many different strands of antisemitism which are repeated through the centuries and overlap to form slightly different versions for each instance and era. I own a little book, a paperback, which is a compilation of antisemitic attacks up until 1970, just a list, like the phone book. It is stunning to see the record. One of the saddest realizations of my adult years was that friends and neighbors could simply shrug at the obvious level of antisemitism in the culture – Reverend Wright, Jesse Jackson, the Mead article I quoted yesterday about the Egyptian treatment of the Copts, Helen Thomas, Pat Buchanan, etc. etc. Barack Obama moved happily and easily among the antisemitic throngs, from Reverend Wright to Louis Farrakhan. He won in a landslide. We shrug at our peril, because although it is easy to attack one small minority group, the subsequent targets tend to get bigger.

- Aggie

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On Obama, Goldstone, and Samatha Power

I once saw a youtube clip of Samantha Power being interviewed about Israel. In it, she suggests that the US should invade Israel to protect the Palestinians from genocide. Naturally, she ended up high in the Obama administration.

This starts with an assessment of Richard Goldstone and moves along to Samantha Power and Barack Obama. I recommend the link for its logic and clarity, but will quote a few snippets:

This knee-jerk reaction to always champion the underdog explains this shockingly obvious statement in Goldstone’s recent Washington Post apology to Israel: “In the end, asking Hamas to investigate [its own crimes] may have been a mistaken enterprise.”

It took a famous judge two years to come to the conclusion that asking a terrorist organization to impartially report its own atrocities was not the brightest idea.

But Goldstone’s Einsteinian moment is not over yet. In repudiating his earlier contention that Israel had intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza, he offers a classic lesson in how not to apologize. It turns out that grave though the damage to Israel’s global reputation by Goldstone’s false report was, the slander was Israel’s fault: “Israel’s lack of cooperation with our investigation meant that we were not able to corroborate how many Gazans killed were civilians and how many were combatants… our recommendations… did not include any evidence provided by the Israeli government.”

So Goldstone only condemned Israel as a regime that directs missiles intentionally at children because he did not have enough information to establish otherwise. And yet, just a few lines later Goldstone writes that the UN Humans Rights Council, which commissioned his report, has a “history of bias against Israel [that] cannot be doubted.”

So even Goldstone admits that Israel was being asked to cooperate with an investigation commissioned by an authority inherently prejudiced against it, which explains why it rightly refused to participate.

On to Samantha Power:

Much more troubling, however, are the comments attributed to Samantha Power, the rising star of the Obama administration, who is being openly discussed as a replacement for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. I am a huge fan of Power’s 2002 book A Problem from Hell, detailing how America refused to intervene to stop repeated genocides in the 20th century. I have repeatedly extolled the Pulitzer Prize-winning book in lectures and columns, and believe it should be required reading by every American high-school student. I was also not surprised to read that it was Power who was instrumental in persuading an always reluctant President Barack Obama to intervene in Libya before Muammar Gaddafi slaughtered his people.

It was therefore with considerable sadness that I learned of Power’s troubling statements on Israel – comments which require her immediate clarification lest she compromise her own moral credibility. As one of the world’s leading voices against genocide, she understands that more Jews died in the Holocaust than in all the other modern genocides combined. Is it accurate then, as American Thinker and other publications have reported, that Power said the US should send a massive military force to protect the Palestinians from Israel? Or that she maligned the American pro-Israel lobby with her advocacy of “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import [the pro-Israel lobby] and… sacrificing… billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the state of Palestine.”

Is Power really an advocate of greatly reducing American military aid to Israel, channeling it instead to the Palestinians who have repeatedly used foreign aid to foster hatred of Israel in schools, line the pockets of corrupt officials and promote terrorism?

There is more, with Power seemingly criticizing The New York Times in 2003 for being insufficiently critical of Israel after it attacked terrorist-saturated Jenin. Of Israel’s presence in Lebanon, Power wrote in Chasing the Flame that what sparked the invasion was “dispossessed Palestinians and Israeli insecurity,” where in truth, as everyone knows, Israel invaded to stop the incessant attacks that terrorized its northern cities. The phrase “Israeli insecurity” implies that Israel is paranoid, rather than reflecting the reality of Lebanon dominated by Hezbollah, whose aim is its destruction.

Obama himself seems to have no particular ethical base; he just likes being popular.

I SPENT the last day of my African trip in Dakar, Senegal, where I visited Goree Island, the point of no return from which 14 million African slaves were sent to a life of servitude. Both presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited the island to acknowledge the American sin of slavery. Obama has not.

So we have an amoral president who is listening to a leftist antisemite with moral pretensions about the rest of the world. Obama will go along to get along. He basically likes a good party, ya’ know?

I have a suggestion for the new Cabinet, Mr. President. Samantha Power for Secretary of State and Jeremiah Wright for Secretary of Defense. Louis Farrakhan could be your personal Minister and religious adviser. Your base will love it.

- Aggie

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Minister Führerkhan’s Sunday Sermon

Does the Nation of Islam observe the sabbath on Sunday or Saturday? Do they observe it at all? What exactly is it that they worship, and what’s their communion wine spiked with?

Louis Farrakhan recently sent a three-page letter along with two books to the heads of 16 Jewish organizations.

Dated June 24, 2010, the letter is resplendent with a crescent-and-moon flag and Farrakhan’s impressive-sounding title (“National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam”). In it, he announces that the books (volume two of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews and Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Trade by American Jews) present an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior, starting with the horror of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping, the labor movement of the North and South, the unions and the misuse of our people that continues to this very moment.

Farrakhan challenges the recipients of his letter — who range politically from Jeremy Ben-Ami (of J Street) to Lee Rosenberg (of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) to Morton Klein (of the Zionist Organization of America) — to find one act committed by me or those who follow me that has injured one Jewish person, stopped Jews from doing business, hindered their education, injured their families, sullied or desecrated their synagogues.

“You will not find one,” declares Farrakhan, who then asks: “on what basis do you charge me and us as being ‘anti-Semitic’?”

Uh… on the basis of being Louis Farrakhan. Isn’t that enough?

It turns out, we covered this about two weeks ago, but we didn’t have some of the choicest language then. I’m not sure of the value of covering this man—if we wanted to read s**t like this, we’d read the diaries of Robert Byrd.

But he keeps coming back. Imagine being a Jew (some of you don’t have to imagine), minding your own business (multinational and world-dominating as it is), when you get a pipe bomb in the mail from Lunatic Louis, the Maniacal Minister.

“We could now charge you with the most vehement anti-Black behavior in the annals of our history in America and the world. We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us shows you have been our worst enemy.” Farrakhan could also dwell on the fact that Jews are “sitting on top of the world in power, with riches and influence, while the masses of my people here in America, in the Caribbean, Central and South America and elsewhere in the world are in the worst condition of any member of the human family.”

To paraphrase Woody Allen in Annie Hall, Jews never sat on top of the world: they were too busy getting raped by Cossacks.

But Loo the Poo makes an offer the Jews can’t refuse:

[Y]ou may either gather your forces for an all-out struggle against me, the Nation of Islam, and the truth that I and we speak and write, or as an intelligent and civilized people, we can sit down and carve out a way forward that can obliterate the stain of the past and render us, Jews and Blacks . . . in a new, honorable, and mutually respectful relationship.

[S]hould you choose to make our struggle to our people more difficult, then I respectfully warn you . . . that the more you fight and oppose me rather than help me to lift my people from their degraded state, Allah (God) and His Messiah will bring you and your people to disgrace and ruin and destroy your power and influence here and throughout the world.

When we first reported this story, we got a series of comments from a follower of the Nation of Islam, who denied that Jews had ever been “chosen” by God and insisted that black slaves better fit the description of the “chosen” people. She then demanded “proof” of Jews’ indentured servitude in Egypt. We told her to go pound desert sand.

Daniel Pipes, bless his soul, is more articulate:

Some comments:

The “Nation of Islam Historical Research Team” (note the absence of individuals’ names) produced the first volume of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews in 1991. In brief, the first volume was akin to The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, not a scholarly tome but an artifact of conspiracist propaganda intended solely to spawn hatred against Jews. Harold Brackman began to demolish its scholarly pretensions in Ministry of Lies, and Saul S. Friedman finished the job in Jews and the American Slave Trade.

Attempts to blame the trans-Atlantic slave trade on Jews reminds one of conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Jews: In both cases, Jews are brought gratuitously into a story overwhelmingly about Muslims.

The letter fits a pattern of anti-Semitism on Farrakhan’s part that goes back to his re-establishing the Nation of Islam in 1978.

Klein of ZOA calls this letter “a veiled call for violence against Jews,” and he is right: Farrakhan full well knows he will not get the reply he demands.

Farrakhan has praised Obama as “the hope of the entire world,” the “one who can lift America from her fall,” and as one sent by “the Messiah.” Obama’s presidency has apparently emboldened him to renew his attacks on Jews.

Where are the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council? One awaits their condemnations of Farrakhan.

Crickets.

One might also ask: where is the Reverend Jesse Jackson? Where is the Reverend Al Sharpton? Where are the Reverend Wright and Father Pfleger? Where are the Methodists and the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians and the Mennonites? Where are the various Grand Muftis denouncing such hate speech on behalf of the Religion of Peace?

Crickets.

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Brother Louis Farrakhan Explains it all for You

To all you skeptics out there who just don’t buy the theory that Jews have kept the Black Man down, Lou the Poo tries one more time, speaking slowly, in words of one syllable:

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is turning to Jews and the gentiles whom they allegedly “influence” to help in the “repair” of his people.

He did not specify how Jews “influence” the gentiles, nor which gentiles the Jews allegedly “influence.”

Farrakhan, whose fiery anti-Semitic rhetoric in past years has never shied away from using blunt terms, wrote a back-handed ‘letter of appeal’ to Jewish groups across the religious spectrum last Thursday. Each group also received two books from the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team, which Farrakhan claimed provided documentation of “an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior.” The books, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” and “Jews Selling Blacks” allegedly prove the role of Jews in the slave trade and the Jim Crow laws.

Since Jews during these periods were not in positions of power and had no country of their own, however, any possible allegations would have had to been made against specific individuals.

“We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us [... semething missing in the original here] Farrakhan’s “anti-Semitism is obsessive, diabolical and unrestrained,” reaching “a new chapter in his ministry where scapegoating Jews is not just part of a message, but the message,” said the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a statement issued Tuesday in response.

Farrakhan has in the past referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion,” and Adolf Hitler as “wickedly great.”

If you expect haters and bigots to soften in old age (think of cuddly, doe-eyed Robert Byrd) the Reverend Wright—oops!—Farrakhan disappoints:

[T]he cleric went even further on Saturday, telling a crowd of more than 5,000 people in Atlanta, Georgia that the State of Israel is populated by usurpers. Jews are not the true Biblical children of Israel, he claimed.

Quoting his mentor, Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, Farrakhan said, “Almighty G-d Allah revealed…. the Black people of America are the real children of Israel and we are the choice of G-d and that unto us, He will deliver His Promise…This question says that somebody has usurped our position. This question says that somebody has taken the promise of G-d to the children of Israel and claimed it for themselves… To all of those who feel that the children of Israel are over in that place they call Israel, you are mistaken. To the Christian right who feel that if you bless Israel you will be blessed, but for over 60 years, that nation has not been blessed.

Farrakhan also denied that Jews were enslaved in Egypt, an historic fact that forms the basis for the traditional Judeo-Christian belief in the parting of the Sea of Reeds as they fled Egyptian slavery and began their trek through the desert, towards Israel, their Promised Land.

“While the Jewish people have claimed the Biblical prophecy of Abraham’s children being lost and afflicted in a strange land, and many misguided Christians have repeated that claim, there is no historical record of Jews in bondage in Egypt for four centuries,” Farrakan said, adding that the prophecy instead refers to the Blacks in America.

Um… well. What can you say?

Say this: any politician, entertainer, whatever who stands with this… man (employing Christian charity here) is soiled and stained with the same excretion that stains his heart.

No names need be mentioned.

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When Barry Met Louis

The s**t hits the Farrakhan:

[Obama] was across the street and several hundred feet away from the [press] pool’s van, at the home of longtime friend Martin Nesbitt for a cookout.

At 7:20 local time the pool was holding at Woodlawn and 49th, next to a large sandstone mansion that the Chicago reporters say is the home of one Louis Farrakhan. Our Secret Service agent allowed us off the bus (Air!) and as a dozen of us congregated on the sidewalk, inevitably some shoes touched grass.

Immediately a polite man in jeans and T-shirt emerged to ask us to stay off the grass. Though this grass was the curbside city property, we obliged.

Soon, however, he was pacing and talking on a cell phone.

Soon he approached our agent, asking him to move the van and its occupants, though your pooler could not hear much else he said. But the agent said, “How is this a security breach?”

The man said something else and at that point the agent stuck out his hand to shake hands and introduced himself as a Secret Service agent. He added, “Sir, I can assure you that we will do nothing to interfere with whatever is going on in there.”

Just to recap: a press pool has staked out Omoeba’s (sorry, Amboa’s) cookout—which happens to be across the street from Farrakhan’s pad—when some of the Minister’s private security take issue with the Secret Service of the United States of America.

To continue:

Reinforcements arrived — three men in T-shirts reading “Wide or Die!” One surly man has been staring daggers at us. Asked if this is Minister Farrakhan’s house, he just stared at your pooler. Asked again, he said, “I don’t have no comment.”

It’s 8:45 and nearly dark; your pool has retreated back inside the van. We’re outnumbered now by roughly a dozen Fruit of Islam agents for the Nation of Islam. As each casually dressed man arrives, he exchanges elaborate handshake/hug/double air-kisses with others. Two walked by your pooler chanting “Islam.”

Several have filmed and photographed your poolers, the van and its license plates with their cell phones.

One came and stood close to a couple poolers and OUR [Secret Service] agent. He [the Secret Service agent] asked if he could help. No answer. He asked again. The man said no. The agent said, “Secret Service — Please move away from this group of people.”

9:20 local time and our agent got reinforcements from three Secret Service agents. One shook hands with one of the 22 Fruit members we now can count from the van.

Standoff ends, apparently with help of intermediary in Detroit:

Your pooler got a call at about 10:15 local time from a pool report reader who identified himself as the Rev. Gary Hunter, a Baptist minister in Motown who writes and blogs for the Detroit Times. He said he had called Minister Farrakhan and his son and asked them to have the Fruit stand down.

“I told him you were good people,” Rev. Hunter said. “He said he didn’t know you all were just waiting for the president.”

Wait a minute.

Are you trying to tell me that Farrakhan had no idea Omoeba was in town? Doesn’t he read the news? (Everyone knew.) And his entourage was ready to go toe-to-toe with the Secret Service? Until a Baptist minister hundreds of miles away, who happened to be reading the reports in real time, made a phone call? Is that what you expect us to believe?

It may have happened like that, but something else was going on, too.

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The Rat Pack

With Sammy Davis, Jr. as Jeremiah Wright, Dean Martin as Michael Pfleger, and, of course, Joey Bishop as Louis Farrakhan:

An unbelievable show this Friday night in Chicago. Together on one stage: Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright and radical priest Michael Pfleger.

They will all be receiving an award called “Living Legends,” and you can see it as a VIP if you have a hundred bucks.

The spectacle is being driven by Rev. Wright, who is actually giving himself the “Living Legend” award, as well as the other two guys. There’s no third party involved.

The serious part of the story is Father Pfleger, a radical-left Catholic priest who runs St. Sabina parish on Chicago’s South Side. Pardon the pun, but what in God’s name is Pfleger doing on the same stage as Farrakhan, a race-baiting anti-Semite? Why is the archdiocese of Chicago permitting that?

I covered Farrakhan’s recent speech and wondered why he didn’t throw the Jews under the bus.

I should have kept reading:

Just in case you missed “The Factor” Tuesday night, here’s a taste of what Farrakhan said just last Sunday:

LOUIS FARRAKHAN, NATION OF ISLAM LEADER: The white right is trying to set Barack up to be assassinated. There are Christians…

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, yes, sir.

FARRAKHAN: …praying for God to kill Barack Obama. He wants to write a new page with the Muslim world, but the Zionists won’t let him. Now they got him with a mustache like Hitler.

Atta boy! Uh, sorry, just an expression. Anyway, I knew you had it in you.

Wright, Pfleger, and Farrakhan together on one stage. How I envy Chicago (this once).

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