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Louis Farrakhan’s First Congressman – weeklystandard.com

MinneapolisAT THIS PARTICULAR TIME in history, it is a matter of note that Congress is about to re ceive its first Muslim member. Keith Ellison, currently a Minnesota state representative, is poised to succeed 14-term incumbent Democrat Martin Sabo in the Fifth District, which includes the city of Minneapolis. Ellison’s endorsement by the Demo cratic-Farmer-Labor party is tantamount to his election in what is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country. Thus, at age 43, Ellison stands positioned not only to win that office but also to hold it as long as he chooses.

Ellison’s Muslim faith has generated no controversy in the campaign. On the contrary, it has served to insulate aspects of his public record from close scrutiny in a city whose dominant news organ, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a paragon of political correctness. With the exception of columnist Katherine Kersten, the Star Tribune has scrupulously avoided examining Ellison’s long train of troubling associations, foremost among them his ties to the Nation of Islam.

Ellison’s record also includes a multitude of embarrassments of the traditional kind. He fell afoul of the IRS after failing to pay $25,000 in income taxes; he ignored fines that he had incurred for parking tickets and moving violations so numerous that his driver’s license was suspended more times than he can remember; he was fined for willful violation of Minnesota’s campaign finance reporting law. It amounts to a striking pattern of lawbreaking since he undertook the practice of law in 1990.

But it was the link to the Nation of Islam that stood as the most serious impediment to Ellison’s primary campaign. He addressed it in a letter to the local chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council following his endorsement by the DFL in May. In the letter, Ellison asserted that his involvement with the Nation of Islam had been limited to an 18-month period around the time of the Million Man March in 1995, that he had been unfamiliar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views during his in volvement with the group, and that he himself had never expressed such views. The Star Tribune has faithfully parroted these assertions as facts.

As a result, the three assertions have become the cornerstone of Ellison’s campaign, securing him the support of prominent Minneapolis Jews and the endorsement of the Minneapolis-based American Jewish World newsweekly. Nevertheless, a little research reveals each one of them to be demonstrably false. Ellison’s activities on behalf of the Nation of Islam continued well beyond any 18-month period, he was familiar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views, and he himself mouthed those views.

Ellison was born Catholic in Detroit. He states that he converted to Islam as an undergraduate at Wayne State University. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989-90, he wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the name “Keith Hakim.” In the first, Ellison refers to “Minister Louis Farrakhan,” defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate. In the second, “Hakim” demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate homeland for American blacks. In February 1990, Ellison participated in sponsoring Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at the law school on the subject “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” Jewish law students met personally with Ellison and appealed to him not to sponsor the speech at the law school; he rejected their appeal, and, as anticipated, Ture gave a notoriously anti-Semitic speech.

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.

Then, in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name “Muhammad.” He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” Jackson denied making the statement or insisted that it had been taken out of context. Ellison appeared before the MIAR on behalf of the Nation of Islam in defense of Jackson’s alleged statement. According to the Star Tribune and the full text of the statement published in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder, Elli son said:

The last sentence alluded to another of Jackson’s alleged statements, providing a personal basis for characterizing Jews as “the most racist white people” she knew. Ellison’s May 28 letter acknowledges only that others supported Jackson’s alleged statement in that controversy while falsely denying that he himself did so.

Ellison first emerged as a candidate for public office in 1998, when he ran for the DFL nomination for state representative as “Keith Ellison-Muhammad.” In a contemporaneous article on his candidacy in the Insight News, Ellison is reported still defending Louis Farrakhan:

Ellison says now that he broke with the Nation of Islam when “it became clear to me that their message of empowerment intertwined with more negative messages.” However, 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. Moreover, Ellison’s unsavory associations were not limited to the Nation of Islam.

Perhaps the lowest moment in Minneapolis’s history was the September 1992 execution-style murder of police officer Jerry Haaf. Haaf was shot in the back as he took a coffee break at a restaurant in south Minneapolis. The murder was a gang hit performed by four members of the city’s Vice Lords gang. The leader of the Vice Lords was Sharif Willis, a convicted murderer who had been released from prison and who sought respectability as a responsible gang leader from gullible municipal authorities while operating a gang front called United for Peace.

The four Vice Lords members who murdered Haaf met and planned the murder at Willis’s house. Two witnesses at the trial of one of the men convicted of Haaf’s murder implicated Willis in the planning. Willis was never charged; law enforcement authorities said they lacked sufficient evidence to convict him.

Within a month of Haaf’s murder, Ellison appeared with Willis supporting the United for Peace gang front. In October 1992, Ellison helped organize a demonstration against Minneapolis police that included United for Peace. “The main point of our rally is to support United for Peace [in its fight against] the campaign of slander the police federation has been waging,” said Ellison.

Willis was the last speaker at the demonstration. According to a contemporaneous report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Willis told the crowd that Minneapolis police were experiencing the same fear from young black men that blacks had felt from police for many years. “If the police have some fear, I understand that fear,” Willis said. “We seem to have an overabundance of bad police. . . . [W]e’re going to get rid of them,” Willis said. “They’ve got to go.” The Pioneer Press account concludes with Ellison’s contribution to the demonstration: “Ellison told the crowd that the police union is systematically frightening whites in order to get more police officers hired. That way, Ellison said, the union can increase its power base.”

Ellison publicly supported the Haaf murder defendants. In February 1993, he spoke at a demonstration for one of them during his trial. Ellison led the crowd assembled at the courthouse in a chant that was ominous in the context of Haaf’s cold-blooded murder: “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” Ellison’s working relationship with Sharif Willis came to an end in February 1995, when Willis was convicted in federal court on several counts of drug and gun-related crimes and sent back to prison for 20 years.

The various themes of Ellison’s public commitments and associations all came together in a February 2000 speech he gave at a fundraising event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the far-left National Lawyers Guild, on whose steering committee he had served. The event was a fundraiser for former Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah after her apprehension in St. Paul (under the name “Sara Jane Olson”) for the attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers in 1975.

Ellison weirdly referred to Soliah/ Olson as a “black gang member” (she is white) and thus a victim of government persecution. He described her as one of those who had been “fighting for freedom in the ’60s and ’70s” and called for her release. (She subsequently pleaded guilty to charges in Los Angeles and to an additional murder charge in Sacramento; she is serving time in California.) Still toeing the Nation of Islam line, he recalled “Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, [who] was prosecuted in retribution against Minister Farrakhan.” He also spoke favorably of cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. (Shakur has been on the lam in Cuba since 1984; last year she was placed on the FBI’s domestic terrorists list with a one million dollar reward for her capture.)

Having spoken out over many years as an advocate of the Nation of Islam under guises including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison might reasonably prompt Fifth District voters to wonder where he really stands. His recent account of the nature and extent of his relationship with the Nation of Islam cannot be squared with the public record. During his congressional campaign, Ellison has nevertheless held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. As if to shore up his identity as a Muslim activist, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, flew to Minneapolis to appear as a featured guest (along with Ellison himself and Guantnamo chaplain James Yee) at an Ellison fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis on August 25. Awad is notable, among other things, for his past expressions of support for Hamas.

The Star Tribune didn’t get around to reporting on the fundraiser until several days after Ellison won the September 12 primary. Ellison commented to the Star Tribune regarding issues raised by Awad’s attendance at the fundraiser: “The Republicans are in a tough position. Iraq is a failed policy. They haven’t done much for homeland security. We still have a health care crisis. The Earth is warming up, and they’re not doing anything about it. What else are they going to do? They have to try to engage in smear politics.”

Unfortunately, it won’t be necessary for Ellison to come up with a more compelling response than that before he makes news in November as America’s first Muslim congressman.

Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and a contributor to the Power Line blog.

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Louis Farrakhan, Leah Remini, and a document that helps …

Last month, we told you that Minister Louis Farrakhan, speaking at the Nation of Islams annual Saviours Day celebration, mentioned his organizations relationship with Scientology, saying that he planned to stick by the church as it was being buried under negative press, and as Leah Remini went in hard against it on her A&E television program.

Farrakhan mispronounced Leahs name, saying Mrs. Remmy as he speculated that she was criticizing her former church because shes hurt, by something.

Since then, weve learned more about Scientologys relationship to the Nation of Islam and how that relationship got started. We got our hands on a document that provides some surprising perspective about who helped David Miscavige and Louis Farrakhan bring together their two odd organizations, supplying some of the effort and substantial amounts of money to bring Nation of Islam members into Dianetics counseling.

Would you believe, it was Leah Remini?

According to the Nation of Islams official publication, The Final Call, Louis Farrakhan began having NOI members take courses in L. Ron Hubbards Dianetics on May 8, 2010. Two weeks later, on May 23, an official Scientology commendation was awarded to Remini, giving her credit for helping to create one of the most important dissemination cycles of Scientology in history to get LRH Tech to Black People.

The commendation was signed by the two people most often associated with the relationship between the two groups the Nation of Islams Minister Tony Muhammad, and Scientologys Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr.

According to the document they signed, Leah was instrumental in forging the bond between the two churches by, in part, sponsoring courses for Tony Muhammad (in other words, paying for them), and for spending the money to help build the Inglewood Ideal Org, which opened in a prominent greater-Los Angeles black neighborhood the next year, 2011.

Leah has always had huge affinity and desire to help Black People through out the world, the commendation says. As a Result of her help on this cycle, Min. Louis Farrakhan and all of the top NOI Execs are now on services.

Thats right it was through the largess of Leah Remini, this document says, that Minister Farrakhan himself was taking Scientology courses. But seven years later, he cant remember her name and dismisses her expose of Scientology as a personal vendetta because shes hurt.

Besides revealing Leahs role in bringing the two groups together, the document also confirms something weve long assumed that for Scientologys part, bringing in Nation of Islam members for courses was mostly about trying to increase black involvement in an overwhelmingly white church.

But what is Farrakhan getting out of it? In his address last month, he seemed to be aware that the accusation has been made that hes receiving cash commissions for sending his people Scientologys way. But he claimed that he hadnt made any money on the two groups coming together.

I can prove that I didnt get a dime from Dianetics or Scientology. We spent a lot of money buying the books on Dianetics. I saw something of value, he said.

Well, someone is getting a commission from Scientology for bringing in those new people, says Jeffrey Augustine, a frequent contributor here who has been studying the Scientology-NOI connection for more than a decade.

Before Farrakhan put out the order for his followers to train in Dianetics in 2010, for years Scientology had been spreading its study technology to the Nation of Islam, as Augustine pointed out back in 2006 when he spotted a bizarre reference by Scientology leader David Miscavige in an issue of Scientology News. Miscavige was quoted as saying, They [the Nation of Islam] virtually invented black pride and black unity in the face of white discrimination, and they also adhere to a pretty high moral code and learning is all but sacred. But without LRH tech they cant realize it.

As Augustine pointed out at the time, Miscavige appeared to be saying that Nation of Islam members held learning sacred, but they wouldnt amount to much without the help of L. Ron Hubbard.

Whatever Miscavige actually thinks of Farrakhans followers, the Remini commendation helps confirm what Augustine says hes long suspected.

I cant think of another group that is getting sponsored and having their courses paid for by other Scientologists, he says. Celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta will often get a lot of things for free, even the very expensive upper levels. But paying for other Scientologists to get through courses and levels? Only Nation of Islam people are getting that.

And at first, in 2010, it was Leah Remini who was helping to foot the bill.

Youd think Minister Farrakhan would at least remember how to say her name.

Heres the full document, first in text form, and then on our Scribd platform

CONFIDENTIAL

ETHICS SECTION CCINETHICS SECTIONFSOCC: CO CCI

COMMENDATION

Leah Remini

On May 23, 2010, Leah Remini participated to helped with the creation of one of the most important dissemination cycles of Scientology in history to get LRH Tech to Black People.

Leah was one of the first to recognized the significance and the potential impact that Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam would have on benefiting, using and disseminating LRH and Scientology to hundreds of millions of people through out the world.

Leah has always had huge affinity and desire to help Black People through out the world. As a result, when briefed on the cycle, she eagerly offered her help to sponsor Min Tony Muhammads initial Life Repair and other services as well as helped me draft a letter to Chairman of the Board Mr. David Miscavige.

As a Result of her help on this cycle, Min. Louis Farrakhan and all of the top NOI Execs are now on services. In addition we now have 300 new NOI execs training to become Dianetics Auditor at five Ideal Orgs across the USA and London.

It was also Leah Remini who helped with a huge initial dono towards the establishment of the Inglewood Org Cycle in the Black and Latino communities.

On behalf of Min Louis Farrakhan, Min Tony Muhammad, Rev. Alfreddie Johnson and all the Black People in America and the world, We thank you Leah for what you have done to bring spiritual freedom to our people.

This is True

Min Tony MuhammadWestern Regional MinisterNation of Islam

Rev. Alfreddie JohnsonFounder World Literacy CrusadeFounder True Faith Christian

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How the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan came to be at …

Chris Hawthorne was 16 in the spring of 1989 when the Nation of Islam brought hip-hop giant Public Enemy to the banks of the Anacostia River. Crack, AIDS and murder were running roughshod on the District, particularly in Ward 8, where Hawthorne was growing up. But if the Nation guys clean-shaven, in suits, out in force were at the park for the concert they helped organize, Hawthorne knew, they would be very visible and things would be under control.

If there was a situation where guys got out of hand, the Nation of Islam would step in to restore order, and walk up and down the streets if fights or bullets were flying, Hawthorne said. The Nation of Islam was very vital in our neighborhood.

To Hawthorne and others who lived through that period, he says, the Nations role in boosting black pride and neighborhood security including patrolling crime-plagued public housing is a powerful cultural touchstone. But as with so much of African American life in a newly gentrified Washington, the Nations role in Ward 8 is a shadow of what it once was.

They just arent as visible as in the 80s and 90s, said Hawthorne, a 43-year-old wastewater worker and Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative. Young people just arent catching on to the Nation of Islam.

[What happens when a church that prides itself on fighting white supremacy is accused of it]

Gone, Ward 8 residents and members say, is the Muslim offshoot movements large recognizable force of members in suits and ties, replaced with what they described as the low-profile, helpful efforts of scattered individuals.

But despite this diminished presence, mention of the Nation of Islam can still stir powerful emotions among some black residents, especially those with memories of its heyday.

For those residents, the Nation, with its credo of self- empowerment and rebellion against oppressive establishment forces, has become a metaphor for black power, which they feel is needed as much now as decades ago given the threat of gentrification.

The phenomenon was evident this spring when the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan captured the spotlight in a controversy involving Council Member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8).

White, who grew up in the majority-black Southeast Washington ward, has been criticized by Jewish leaders and others for his support of the Nation and Farrakhan.

That support included a $500 donation meant for Ward 8 constituents to one of the groups events in Chicago, at which Farrakhan made hateful remarks about Jews.

White and other black political leaders have hesitated to denounce anti-Semitic comments by Farrakhan or those by a local Nation leader who a week ago called Jews termites. Some Ward 8 residents have leaped to Whites defense, and the political fracas has become a proxy for residents who say either anti-black racism or anti-Semitism is being ignored.

Its difficult to discern the exact shape of the Nation of Islams role in Ward 8, due to the groups insularity and what they themselves describe as a lack of trust toward outsiders.

National and local Nation of Islam leaders declined to comment for this story and others who work with them were told they also had been asked not to talk to The Washington Post.

White did not respond to several requests to be interviewed for this article. Nor did Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

[Some wanted a D.C. Council member to resign for his anti-Semitic comments. Jewish leaders invited him to Seders instead]

Many of the stories those interviewed shared about the Nation were rooted in the past, during much of the late Marion Barrys long tenure as mayor in the 1980s and into the early 90s, when scores of members patrolled the citys most violent neighborhoods, inspiring respect and maintaining calm. At one point, Nation-run security firms won $20 million in public contracts in 10 U.S. cities, including D.C. Many residents who attended the Farrakhan- convened Million Man March in 1995 have said the feeling of love and uplift is one they will never forget.

White, 33, grew up during the tail end of this period and has described the Nation as family when asked about the $500 donation.

Ward 8 is a different place today. Violent crime is down, but the percentage of people who live in poverty rose 10 percentage points to 37 percent from 1990 through 2014, according to the D.C. Office of Planning. Development pressures are driving rents up and population churn has left fewer established community leaders.

Today, the Nations infrastructure in the District its Mid- Atlantic hub, according to the group consists of a sole house of worship in Ward 7. Members are simply part of the mix of people who reliably show up for volunteer efforts, those interviewed said.

They include a regular fish fry and chess game in the Woodland Terrace apartments, mentoring of young men who have left prison and reportedly lending a hand in communal crises, such as a shooting or when the water went off last month at Anacostia High School.

D.C. police say there is no indication the group has any current role in public safety, nor does it have any city contracts to provide services.

The Nation began shrinking in Ward 8 as it did nationally decades ago as members merged into mainstream Sunni Islam and younger generations became disenchanted with organized religion.

According to Pew Research, 13 percent of U.S. Muslim adults are U.S.-born African Americans, and of that, 3 percent say they identify with the Nation of Islam. Most Orthodox Muslims do not view the Nation as authentic followers of Islam.

But the Nations message of black empowerment and racial oppression still appears to resonate in Ward 8, where many residents share a feeling of disenfranchisement as the city grows whiter and more affluent. Some view Jews as part of a racist white power structure that is profiting financially from widespread upscale development, which they say is displacing poorer black residents and the citys historic African American culture.

It is in this context that many residents appear to be reacting to criticism of White as an attack on one of their own by powerful outside forces.

Even longtime Jewish allies of White who come from outside the ward are suspect in this era of gentrification, said Anthony Muhammad, a Nation of Islam member and Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative. Its like: Do what I say because I supported you, Muhammad said.

[The stench of anti-Semitism and racism mar D.C.]

The controversy erupted in mid-March when White, a popular young council member who grew up in Ward 8, speculated on Facebook that the Rothschilds a renowned European Jewish banking family were manipulating the weather. That led to several apologies, with White saying he knew nothing of the Rothschild canard or of the Jewish experience. He agreed to attend a breakfast and a Passover Seder with Jewish leaders to learn.

Within days, the dialogue was shaken when the The Post reported that city officials were questioning Whites donation to the Nation of Islam.

That week, White also left early from a specially arranged Holocaust Museum tour. At the time, he did not give an explanation, but two days later he said he did so because a reporter was present. He posted a Facebook Live video saying he believed he was under attack and was done apologizing.

The role of the Nation in Whites drama has triggered complex reactions among Ward 8 residents.

The vast majority of the hundreds of comments on Whites Facebook page after news of the $500 donation broke were general shout-outs of support for someone residents perceived as unfairly under fire. Unbought and unbossed! and Support your own, people wrote. Mixed in with these messages were others challenging the citys Jewish leaders who were focused on anti-Semitism to condemn racism. Criticisms or even mentions of Farrakhan were rare.

White is involved with some of the Nations efforts in Ward 8. The council member appears and does some of the filming in a recent video of an outdoor neighborhood mens event in Ward 8 organized by the group Brothas Huddle to encourage and uplift participants. Speakers including Nation members shift from trying to motivate youths by empowering them to fight a self-inflicted genocide to telling them their suffering is socially engineered by people in high places.

Now, do I agree with everything that the Minister Farrakhan says? No, I dont . … But guess what? White himself said in the April 21 Facebook Live video. Thats my brother, thats my sister . … So you can choose your friends. But my grandmother taught me you cant choose your family.

White told The Post in a text message that he donated the $500 to the Nation at the request of the groups local members because The Brothers from the Nation are of the few men that show up to help.

Hawthorne said the strong reaction to defend Whites payment should be viewed primarily as illustration of a very defensive feeling that exists in the Ward, that anything reflecting badly on White could hurt efforts to improve a struggling community.

People are saying about Trayon: Why is he speaking about things he knows nothing about? He speaks for the whole ward, he doesnt just speak for a specific group. Hes making us look all kinds of crazy.

Whites donation to the Nation split the ward, Hawthorne said because residents did not like to see money intended for local use go elsewhere. If it had gone to the Nation members who show up at the weekly fish fry, Hawthorne said, it would have been fine.

He disowned the anti-Semitism. Saying racial, anti-Semitic comments those of us who are Ward 8 who have honor and respect, we dont put up with it, he said.

But Jahar Abraham, a longtime community activist who regularly teams up with the Nation for community service in Ward 8, sounded angry as he recalled the demand by Jewish council members and city leaders that White be censured for donating to Farrakhan, or that other city employees be censured for standing with local Nation leader Minister Abdul Khadir Muhammad, who stood in front of the Wilson Building a week ago and called Jews termites.

Whats more important than what people say, or the condemnations they offer, Abraham said, are their actions to help the disenfranchised, whether its White or city politicians or the Nation of Islam.

Im more interested in what people do than what they say, he said.He compared the lack of outrage among some in Ward 8 to Abdul Khadir Muhammads comment with what he perceives as a lack of outrage about conditions in the ward.

Imam Talib Shareef has lived the ups and downs of the Nation in the District. He joined Islam through the group in North Carolina in the 1970s and lived in the District in the 80s. He later transitioned with most of the Nation to mainstream Islam, he said, and now leads Masjid Muhammad, a major Sunni mosque in Shaw.

Shareef is also president of the Washington Interfaith Conference, a network of faith leaders in the region, and he and the masjid work with White on service projects in Ward 8, where they own property.

And so he claimed some authority as he tried to explain what the Nation of Islam still represents in the city, even in its faded modern incarnation. The average resident does not know a lot about the small group, he maintains.

They just see Muslims helping them, Shareef said. They look at the help theyre getting. And people who are not with them, not helping them, he said.

White appeared to be alluding to that role in a tweet last March, in which he posed with about 12 men and boys some in suits who were distributing copies of the Nations paper, the Final Call.

Block to Block every Saturday! Recruiting young brothers to [join] the movement of edifying our communities, White tweeted.

Sometime in the last week, Whites tweet was deleted.

Fenit Nirappil and Peter Jamison, and researcher Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.

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Louis Farrakhan Jr. “passed peacefully in his sleep” Saturday at his family home in Phoenix, officials said.

Farrakhan Jr. was 60 andthe eldest son of Minister Louis Farrakhan, the 85-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam.

“The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan Jr.,” an official statement on the Nation of Islam’s website said.

Around 9:30 p.m. Phoenix police responded to a residence near Broadway Road and 24th Street for adeath investigation, said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a Phoenix Police Departmentspokeswoman.

Police discovered Farrakhan Jr., with “no obvious signs of foul play,” Mercedes said.

Farrakhan Jr. had a previous heart condition, according to the Nation of Islam’s official statement.

His father, Louis Farrakhan, isknown for preaching a conservative message of self-reliance and family values coupled with black empowerment, but has drawn criticism for fosteringanti-Semitic views in the past,according to a USA Today report.

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Louis Farrakhan Jr., eldest son of the Nation of Islam leader, died in his sleep Saturday at a family home in Phoenix, according to the organization and police.

Farrakhan Jr. was 60 and suffered from a heart condition, the Nation of Islam said in a news release. He was one of nine children of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, 85.

We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis Jr., his contribution to rise of black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way, the statement said.

He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.

When Farrakhan Jr. was not helping with his fathers cause, he enjoyed designing clothing and creating art, said Richard B. Muhammad, editor of the Nation of Islams newspaper.

Louis Farrakhan Jr. was a very lively, warm person with a great sense of humor, Muhammad said Monday. It was really a joy to be with him.

A spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded to the Farrakhan residence about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

There were no indications of foul play, Sgt. Mercedes Fortune wrote in an email Monday.

Police said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death. The Maricopa County medical examiners office Monday could not locate information on the case.

The Nation of Islam is headquartered in Chicagos South Shore neighborhood.

In 2000, Farrakhan Jr. made headlines when he pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic battery after he was accused of hitting his pregnant wife with a metal serving tray at his home in south suburban Crete. At the time of his arrest, Farrakhan Jr. worked on various projects with the Nation of Islam but did not hold any posts with the organization.

Services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Mosque Maryam, 7351 S. Stony Island Ave, according to a post on the elder Farrakhans Facebook page.

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Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, family, friends and loved ones are mourning the death of his eldest son, Louis Farrakhan Jr.

The 60-year-old man passed away in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Arizona according to a statement from The Nation posted on The Final Calls website.

Family members say they were aware that Louis Jr. reportedly had a previous heart condition.

The Nation of Islam released this official statement

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful.

And speak not of those who are slain in Allahs way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not. Holy Quran, Surah 2, Verse 154

As Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You.)

The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. The family was aware of a previous heart condition and it appears that Louis, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 60 years old.

We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis, Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother.

We will provide details about his funeral, janazah service, as information becomes available.

We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis, Jr., his contribution to rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.

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Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Jews and Judaism during a three-hour sermon from his pulpit at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

The May 27 sermon was his first major public speaking appearance since February, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

During his sermon Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, warned his listeners about satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.

Farrakhan also claimed that contemporary Jews are responsible for promoting child molestation, misogyny, police brutality and sexual assault, among other social ills. In addition, he asserted that contemporary Judaism is nothing but a system of tricks and lies that Jews study in order to learn how to dominate non-Jews.

Farrakhan based some of his mischaracterization of Judaism on a distorted reading of the Talmud, according to ADL.

He also said that the false Jew will lead you to filth and indecency. Thats who runs show business. Thats who runs the record industry. Thats who runs television.

Farrakhan alleged that Jews often force aspiring actors to submit to anal sex.

Do you know that many of us who go to Hollywood seeking a chance have to submit to anal sex and all kind [sic] of debauchery [before] they give you a little part? he asked. Its called the casting couch. See, thats Jewish power.

He used disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is Jewish, as proof of his allegations.

Farrakhan also said that President Barack Obama was under Jewish influence when he advocated for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Marriage equality, Farrakhan informed his audience, is satanic.

The day before his speech, Farrakhan appeared on Chicago radio station WGCI on a program titled The Morning Takeover and said that President Donald Trump has helped his cause by destroying the enemies of the Nation of Islam. Included in this group are the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan Jr., the Nation of Islam leaders son, died in his sleep Saturday at a family home in Phoenix, according to the organization. He was 60 and had a heart condition, according to the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan, 85, has nine children.

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David Duke and Richard Spencer have small numbers of fringe supporters and theyre considered to be pariahs on the Right. Just to give you a rough idea of their support, even the unreliable and highly suspect Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that there are only somewhere between 5,000-8,000 KKK members in the United States. In other words, those numbers could be high by a substantial amount. In addition, Duke and Spencer are universally reviled by every mainstream conservative publication and no Republican in Congress wants to be associated with them. In fact, the only reason anyone talks about either of them at all is because the liberal media incessantly builds them up and amplifies their message in an effort to tie them to Republicans who want nothing to do with them.

On the other hand, the dishonorable Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam is estimated to have somewhere between 20,000-50,000 members. Farrakhan has met with a number of liberal celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Ludacris, 50 Cent, DMX, T.I., Busta Rhymes, C Lo Green, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith. Left-wing social media network Twitter, which has made a big deal about publicly pulling the accounts of prominent racists, has allowed Farrakhans account to stay up. At least seven Democrats, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Texas Rep. Al Green have taken meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress and there are many other prominent Dems (including Rahm Emanuel) who have cozied up to him. Even former President Barack Obama is connected to Farrakhan. Not only did he take a side by side smiling picture with him, the Nation of Islam has actually worked on his political campaigns.

All of this is despite Farrakhan openly preaching his hatred of whites, Jews and America for decades. The same people who will claim racism is involved if theres a hard rain have gravitated toward Farrakhan not in spite of, but because of statements like this:

1) “The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape, especially after such evil foolish talk about his benefactor, Elijah Muhammad. Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1964 on Malcolm X, who was later murdered by Nation of Islam members.

2) Now that nation called Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name. — Louis Farrakhan in 1984.

3) “The Jews dont like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, thats a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1984.

4) “Murder and lying comes easy for white people.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1994.

5) “Many of the Jews who owned the homes, the apartments 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. When the Jews left, the Palestinian Arabs came, Koreans came, Vietnamese…and we call them bloodsuckers.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1995.

6) “They call them [Hezbollah] terrorists, I call them freedom fighters…No one asks why they would do such a thing. Why would they do such a thing? What has driven them to this point? That’s what the UN, the U.S. and Europe doesn’t want to deal with because the Zionists have control in England, in Europe, in the United States and around the world.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1996.

7) Qaddafi is hated because he is the leader of a small country that is rich, but he uses his money to finance liberation struggles. And since hes financing liberation struggles against imperialists and Zionists and oppressors, the Zionists hate him, the imperialists hate him, the neo-colonialists hate him, America hates him. Well, you must be all three. I love him. — Louis Farrakhan in 1996.

8) “A decree of death has been passed on America. The judgement of God has been rendered and she must be destroyed…” — Louis Farrakhan in 1997.

9) “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.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1998.

10) “White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2000.

11) “The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2002.

12) “Im not into integration. I aint for that. God told the Jews, he didnt want you intermarrying with others. But you disobeyed him. He dont want us uniting into this that hes come to judge. You cant integrate with wickedness if you want righteousness.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2003.

13) “The final thing is the destruction. 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.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2011.

14) L. Ron Hubbard himself was and is trying to civilize white people and make them better human beings and take away from them their reactive minds Mr. Hubbard recognized that his people have to be civilized. — Louis Farrakhan in 2011.

15) “Another method (of depopulation) is disease infection through bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS, which are race targeting weapons. There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2014.

16) “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think its us coming to do it.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2015.

17) 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. Louis Farrakhan in 2015.

18) I dont know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because weve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag. Who are we fighting today? Its the people that carry the American flag. — Louis Farrakhan in 2015.

19) “Osama Bin Laden didnt destroy the Twin Towers. That was a false-flag operation to take the worlds attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2016.

20) “America will never be made great again. Her days of greatness are over. The God of justice has come.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2017.

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Edward E. Curtis IV, the author of Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, said that while estimates ranged wildly about how many bona fide members belonged to the Nation, he believes that there were tens of thousands of members in the 1960s and early 1970s. But he said that millions of others sympathized with the movements anticolonial stance and were inspired by its most famous member, Muhammad Ali.

Born Louis Eugene Walcott in New York in 1933, Mr. Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam in the mid-1950s and rose quickly within the organization, becoming close to Malcolm X. After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, he became one of the most powerful members of the Nation and its chief spokesman, the position that Malcolm X had held.

The Nation of Islam had gained followers around the nation in the 1940s and 50s by providing something of a religious answer to antiblack racism. It was not widely recognized as an anti-Jewish organization during its early years (its early literature, though, focused on the white man as the white devil). But in 1967, it became outspokenly and flagrantly anti-Zionist, in an expression of solidarity with Palestinians. That political position became a vehicle for Mr. Farrakhan to express his anti-Semitism. (Among his more infamous comments is his 1984 description of Adolf Hitler as a very great man.)

In 1975, when Elijah Muhammad died, the Nation split into two factions. The faction reconstituted under Mr. Farrakhan in the late 1970s retained the original name, though not the influence or support that it had when its leaders were Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Elijah Muhammad. Mr. Curtis said that today the membership could be in the thousands, and there could even be as many as 10,000 followers.

Mr. Farrakhan, whose name, the Anti-Defamation League wrote after the February event, is virtually synonymous with anti-Semitism, then drew national attention in 1984, when he exhorted his followers to support Jesse Jacksons bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In a radio address, he urged listeners to make an example of a Washington Post reporter who had reported that Mr. Jackson had used anti-Semitic terms in private. Mr. Jackson repudiated Mr. Farrakhan, but the ministers support proved troublesome to his 1988 campaign as well.

He was back in the news in 1995 when he organized what became known as the Million Man March, a political and religious revival event in Washington.

Ms. Mallory, who declined to comment for this article, did not respond to calls to condemn Mr. Farrakhan, for whom she had expressed admiration in the past.

On March 3, she said on Twitter that someone had brought to her attention that she had yet to tweet my absolute position on how wrong anti-Semitism is. A day later, she said that she was committed to ending anti-black racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia & transphobia, but did not mention Mr. Farrakhan.

In an essay posted Wednesday, she said that she had been attending Saviours Day celebrations for over 30 years.

In that most difficult period of my life, it was the women of the Nation of Islam who supported me and I have always held them close to my heart for that reason, she said. The essay did not mention Mr. Farrakhan.

Asked what the appeal of Mr. Farrakhans views might be to people like Ms. Mallory, religious scholars emphasized that the Nation of Islam is a religion and can provide comfort and aid to its adherents.

For those who find it appealing, it is a form of radical black self love that is willing to challenge any potential impediment to black freedom, Mr. Curtis said.

Yvonne Chireau, a professor of religion at Swarthmore who called Mr. Farrakhans remarks about Jews unbelievably vile, emphasized that his fundamentalism was comparable to the fundamentalist views found in other religions.

Coincidentally, the photo of Mr. Farrakhan and Mr. Obama had been published by the Trice Edney News Wire in January. The News Wire reported that the picture had been taken by the photojournalist Askia Muhammad during a 2005 meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and that Mr. Muhammad kept the photo under wraps so as not to hurt Mr. Obamas candidacy.

(Mr. Muhammad, in a 2012 blog post, said that he was an admirer of Mr. Farrakhan and that the minister was not an anti-Semite. He reaffirmed that he admired Mr. Farrakhan in an interview on Friday, though he said that the things the minister says about Jewish people sometimes make me shudder.)

Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama, said on Friday: President Obama has denounced racism and anti-Semitism his entire life. That includes his public and repeated repudiations of Louis Farrakhans views over the years. Today is no different he still rejects the harmful and divisive views Farrakhan continues to espouse.

Representative Davis, who was interviewed by The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, after the photo emerged, called Mr. Farrakhan an outstanding human being, and later said he was not bothered by the leaders position on The Jewish Question.

After a monthlong backlash about that interview, largely in conservative media, Mr. Davis said in a statement to Forward on Thursday that I reject, condemn and oppose Minister Farrakhans views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.

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MinneapolisAT THIS PARTICULAR TIME in history, it is a matter of note that Congress is about to re ceive its first Muslim member. Keith Ellison, currently a Minnesota state representative, is poised to succeed 14-term incumbent Democrat Martin Sabo in the Fifth District, which includes the city of Minneapolis. Ellison’s endorsement by the Demo cratic-Farmer-Labor party is tantamount to his election in what is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country. Thus, at age 43, Ellison stands positioned not only to win that office but also to hold it as long as he chooses. Ellison’s Muslim faith has generated no controversy in the campaign. On the contrary, it has served to insulate aspects of his public record from close scrutiny in a city whose dominant news organ, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a paragon of political correctness. With the exception of columnist Katherine Kersten, the Star Tribune has scrupulously avoided examining Ellison’s long train of troubling associations, foremost among them his ties to the Nation of Islam. Ellison’s record also includes a multitude of embarrassments of the traditional kind. He fell afoul of the IRS after failing to pay $25,000 in income taxes; he ignored fines that he had incurred for parking tickets and moving violations so numerous that his driver’s license was suspended more times than he can remember; he was fined for willful violation of Minnesota’s campaign finance reporting law. It amounts to a striking pattern of lawbreaking since he undertook the practice of law in 1990. But it was the link to the Nation of Islam that stood as the most serious impediment to Ellison’s primary campaign. He addressed it in a letter to the local chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council following his endorsement by the DFL in May. In the letter, Ellison asserted that his involvement with the Nation of Islam had been limited to an 18-month period around the time of the Million Man March in 1995, that he had been unfamiliar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views during his in volvement with the group, and that he himself had never expressed such views. The Star Tribune has faithfully parroted these assertions as facts. As a result, the three assertions have become the cornerstone of Ellison’s campaign, securing him the support of prominent Minneapolis Jews and the endorsement of the Minneapolis-based American Jewish World newsweekly. Nevertheless, a little research reveals each one of them to be demonstrably false. Ellison’s activities on behalf of the Nation of Islam continued well beyond any 18-month period, he was familiar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views, and he himself mouthed those views. Ellison was born Catholic in Detroit. He states that he converted to Islam as an undergraduate at Wayne State University. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989-90, he wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the name “Keith Hakim.” In the first, Ellison refers to “Minister Louis Farrakhan,” defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate. In the second, “Hakim” demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate homeland for American blacks. In February 1990, Ellison participated in sponsoring Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at the law school on the subject “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” Jewish law students met personally with Ellison and appealed to him not to sponsor the speech at the law school; he rejected their appeal, and, as anticipated, Ture gave a notoriously anti-Semitic speech. 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. Then, in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name “Muhammad.” He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” Jackson denied making the statement or insisted that it had been taken out of context. Ellison appeared before the MIAR on behalf of the Nation of Islam in defense of Jackson’s alleged statement. According to the Star Tribune and the full text of the statement published in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder, Elli son said: The last sentence alluded to another of Jackson’s alleged statements, providing a personal basis for characterizing Jews as “the most racist white people” she knew. Ellison’s May 28 letter acknowledges only that others supported Jackson’s alleged statement in that controversy while falsely denying that he himself did so. Ellison first emerged as a candidate for public office in 1998, when he ran for the DFL nomination for state representative as “Keith Ellison-Muhammad.” In a contemporaneous article on his candidacy in the Insight News, Ellison is reported still defending Louis Farrakhan: Ellison says now that he broke with the Nation of Islam when “it became clear to me that their message of empowerment intertwined with more negative messages.” However, 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. Moreover, Ellison’s unsavory associations were not limited to the Nation of Islam. Perhaps the lowest moment in Minneapolis’s history was the September 1992 execution-style murder of police officer Jerry Haaf. Haaf was shot in the back as he took a coffee break at a restaurant in south Minneapolis. The murder was a gang hit performed by four members of the city’s Vice Lords gang. The leader of the Vice Lords was Sharif Willis, a convicted murderer who had been released from prison and who sought respectability as a responsible gang leader from gullible municipal authorities while operating a gang front called United for Peace. The four Vice Lords members who murdered Haaf met and planned the murder at Willis’s house. Two witnesses at the trial of one of the men convicted of Haaf’s murder implicated Willis in the planning. Willis was never charged; law enforcement authorities said they lacked sufficient evidence to convict him. Within a month of Haaf’s murder, Ellison appeared with Willis supporting the United for Peace gang front. In October 1992, Ellison helped organize a demonstration against Minneapolis police that included United for Peace. “The main point of our rally is to support United for Peace [in its fight against] the campaign of slander the police federation has been waging,” said Ellison. Willis was the last speaker at the demonstration. According to a contemporaneous report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Willis told the crowd that Minneapolis police were experiencing the same fear from young black men that blacks had felt from police for many years. “If the police have some fear, I understand that fear,” Willis said. “We seem to have an overabundance of bad police. . . . [W]e’re going to get rid of them,” Willis said. “They’ve got to go.” The Pioneer Press account concludes with Ellison’s contribution to the demonstration: “Ellison told the crowd that the police union is systematically frightening whites in order to get more police officers hired. That way, Ellison said, the union can increase its power base.” Ellison publicly supported the Haaf murder defendants. In February 1993, he spoke at a demonstration for one of them during his trial. Ellison led the crowd assembled at the courthouse in a chant that was ominous in the context of Haaf’s cold-blooded murder: “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” Ellison’s working relationship with Sharif Willis came to an end in February 1995, when Willis was convicted in federal court on several counts of drug and gun-related crimes and sent back to prison for 20 years. The various themes of Ellison’s public commitments and associations all came together in a February 2000 speech he gave at a fundraising event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the far-left National Lawyers Guild, on whose steering committee he had served. The event was a fundraiser for former Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah after her apprehension in St. Paul (under the name “Sara Jane Olson”) for the attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers in 1975. Ellison weirdly referred to Soliah/ Olson as a “black gang member” (she is white) and thus a victim of government persecution. He described her as one of those who had been “fighting for freedom in the ’60s and ’70s” and called for her release. (She subsequently pleaded guilty to charges in Los Angeles and to an additional murder charge in Sacramento; she is serving time in California.) Still toeing the Nation of Islam line, he recalled “Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, [who] was prosecuted in retribution against Minister Farrakhan.” He also spoke favorably of cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. (Shakur has been on the lam in Cuba since 1984; last year she was placed on the FBI’s domestic terrorists list with a one million dollar reward for her capture.) Having spoken out over many years as an advocate of the Nation of Islam under guises including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison might reasonably prompt Fifth District voters to wonder where he really stands. His recent account of the nature and extent of his relationship with the Nation of Islam cannot be squared with the public record. During his congressional campaign, Ellison has nevertheless held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. As if to shore up his identity as a Muslim activist, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, flew to Minneapolis to appear as a featured guest (along with Ellison himself and Guantnamo chaplain James Yee) at an Ellison fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis on August 25. Awad is notable, among other things, for his past expressions of support for Hamas. The Star Tribune didn’t get around to reporting on the fundraiser until several days after Ellison won the September 12 primary. Ellison commented to the Star Tribune regarding issues raised by Awad’s attendance at the fundraiser: “The Republicans are in a tough position. Iraq is a failed policy. They haven’t done much for homeland security. We still have a health care crisis. The Earth is warming up, and they’re not doing anything about it. What else are they going to do? They have to try to engage in smear politics.” Unfortunately, it won’t be necessary for Ellison to come up with a more compelling response than that before he makes news in November as America’s first Muslim congressman. Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and a contributor to the Power Line blog.

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Last month, we told you that Minister Louis Farrakhan, speaking at the Nation of Islams annual Saviours Day celebration, mentioned his organizations relationship with Scientology, saying that he planned to stick by the church as it was being buried under negative press, and as Leah Remini went in hard against it on her A&E television program. Farrakhan mispronounced Leahs name, saying Mrs. Remmy as he speculated that she was criticizing her former church because shes hurt, by something. Since then, weve learned more about Scientologys relationship to the Nation of Islam and how that relationship got started. We got our hands on a document that provides some surprising perspective about who helped David Miscavige and Louis Farrakhan bring together their two odd organizations, supplying some of the effort and substantial amounts of money to bring Nation of Islam members into Dianetics counseling. Would you believe, it was Leah Remini? According to the Nation of Islams official publication, The Final Call, Louis Farrakhan began having NOI members take courses in L. Ron Hubbards Dianetics on May 8, 2010. Two weeks later, on May 23, an official Scientology commendation was awarded to Remini, giving her credit for helping to create one of the most important dissemination cycles of Scientology in history to get LRH Tech to Black People. The commendation was signed by the two people most often associated with the relationship between the two groups the Nation of Islams Minister Tony Muhammad, and Scientologys Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. According to the document they signed, Leah was instrumental in forging the bond between the two churches by, in part, sponsoring courses for Tony Muhammad (in other words, paying for them), and for spending the money to help build the Inglewood Ideal Org, which opened in a prominent greater-Los Angeles black neighborhood the next year, 2011. Leah has always had huge affinity and desire to help Black People through out the world, the commendation says. As a Result of her help on this cycle, Min. Louis Farrakhan and all of the top NOI Execs are now on services. Thats right it was through the largess of Leah Remini, this document says, that Minister Farrakhan himself was taking Scientology courses. But seven years later, he cant remember her name and dismisses her expose of Scientology as a personal vendetta because shes hurt. Besides revealing Leahs role in bringing the two groups together, the document also confirms something weve long assumed that for Scientologys part, bringing in Nation of Islam members for courses was mostly about trying to increase black involvement in an overwhelmingly white church. But what is Farrakhan getting out of it? In his address last month, he seemed to be aware that the accusation has been made that hes receiving cash commissions for sending his people Scientologys way. But he claimed that he hadnt made any money on the two groups coming together. I can prove that I didnt get a dime from Dianetics or Scientology. We spent a lot of money buying the books on Dianetics. I saw something of value, he said. Well, someone is getting a commission from Scientology for bringing in those new people, says Jeffrey Augustine, a frequent contributor here who has been studying the Scientology-NOI connection for more than a decade. Before Farrakhan put out the order for his followers to train in Dianetics in 2010, for years Scientology had been spreading its study technology to the Nation of Islam, as Augustine pointed out back in 2006 when he spotted a bizarre reference by Scientology leader David Miscavige in an issue of Scientology News. Miscavige was quoted as saying, They [the Nation of Islam] virtually invented black pride and black unity in the face of white discrimination, and they also adhere to a pretty high moral code and learning is all but sacred. But without LRH tech they cant realize it. As Augustine pointed out at the time, Miscavige appeared to be saying that Nation of Islam members held learning sacred, but they wouldnt amount to much without the help of L. Ron Hubbard. Whatever Miscavige actually thinks of Farrakhans followers, the Remini commendation helps confirm what Augustine says hes long suspected. I cant think of another group that is getting sponsored and having their courses paid for by other Scientologists, he says. Celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta will often get a lot of things for free, even the very expensive upper levels. But paying for other Scientologists to get through courses and levels? Only Nation of Islam people are getting that. And at first, in 2010, it was Leah Remini who was helping to foot the bill. Youd think Minister Farrakhan would at least remember how to say her name. Heres the full document, first in text form, and then on our Scribd platform CONFIDENTIAL ETHICS SECTION CCINETHICS SECTIONFSOCC: CO CCI COMMENDATION Leah Remini On May 23, 2010, Leah Remini participated to helped with the creation of one of the most important dissemination cycles of Scientology in history to get LRH Tech to Black People. Leah was one of the first to recognized the significance and the potential impact that Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam would have on benefiting, using and disseminating LRH and Scientology to hundreds of millions of people through out the world. Leah has always had huge affinity and desire to help Black People through out the world. As a result, when briefed on the cycle, she eagerly offered her help to sponsor Min Tony Muhammads initial Life Repair and other services as well as helped me draft a letter to Chairman of the Board Mr. David Miscavige. As a Result of her help on this cycle, Min. Louis Farrakhan and all of the top NOI Execs are now on services. In addition we now have 300 new NOI execs training to become Dianetics Auditor at five Ideal Orgs across the USA and London. It was also Leah Remini who helped with a huge initial dono towards the establishment of the Inglewood Org Cycle in the Black and Latino communities. On behalf of Min Louis Farrakhan, Min Tony Muhammad, Rev. Alfreddie Johnson and all the Black People in America and the world, We thank you Leah for what you have done to bring spiritual freedom to our people. This is True Min Tony MuhammadWestern Regional MinisterNation of Islam Rev. Alfreddie JohnsonFounder World Literacy CrusadeFounder True Faith Christian Leah Remini: Commendation for helping NOI by Tony Ortega on Scribd Bonus items from our tipsters Doing the purif in Medellin! Dissemination Royale: Thats the beauty of it! Sure, youre just prince consort in this life. But 10 million years ago on the planet Fuckwit you might have been queen! 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Chris Hawthorne was 16 in the spring of 1989 when the Nation of Islam brought hip-hop giant Public Enemy to the banks of the Anacostia River. Crack, AIDS and murder were running roughshod on the District, particularly in Ward 8, where Hawthorne was growing up. But if the Nation guys clean-shaven, in suits, out in force were at the park for the concert they helped organize, Hawthorne knew, they would be very visible and things would be under control. If there was a situation where guys got out of hand, the Nation of Islam would step in to restore order, and walk up and down the streets if fights or bullets were flying, Hawthorne said. The Nation of Islam was very vital in our neighborhood. To Hawthorne and others who lived through that period, he says, the Nations role in boosting black pride and neighborhood security including patrolling crime-plagued public housing is a powerful cultural touchstone. But as with so much of African American life in a newly gentrified Washington, the Nations role in Ward 8 is a shadow of what it once was. They just arent as visible as in the 80s and 90s, said Hawthorne, a 43-year-old wastewater worker and Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative. Young people just arent catching on to the Nation of Islam. [What happens when a church that prides itself on fighting white supremacy is accused of it] Gone, Ward 8 residents and members say, is the Muslim offshoot movements large recognizable force of members in suits and ties, replaced with what they described as the low-profile, helpful efforts of scattered individuals. But despite this diminished presence, mention of the Nation of Islam can still stir powerful emotions among some black residents, especially those with memories of its heyday. For those residents, the Nation, with its credo of self- empowerment and rebellion against oppressive establishment forces, has become a metaphor for black power, which they feel is needed as much now as decades ago given the threat of gentrification. The phenomenon was evident this spring when the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan captured the spotlight in a controversy involving Council Member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8). White, who grew up in the majority-black Southeast Washington ward, has been criticized by Jewish leaders and others for his support of the Nation and Farrakhan. That support included a $500 donation meant for Ward 8 constituents to one of the groups events in Chicago, at which Farrakhan made hateful remarks about Jews. White and other black political leaders have hesitated to denounce anti-Semitic comments by Farrakhan or those by a local Nation leader who a week ago called Jews termites. Some Ward 8 residents have leaped to Whites defense, and the political fracas has become a proxy for residents who say either anti-black racism or anti-Semitism is being ignored. Its difficult to discern the exact shape of the Nation of Islams role in Ward 8, due to the groups insularity and what they themselves describe as a lack of trust toward outsiders. National and local Nation of Islam leaders declined to comment for this story and others who work with them were told they also had been asked not to talk to The Washington Post. White did not respond to several requests to be interviewed for this article. Nor did Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). [Some wanted a D.C. Council member to resign for his anti-Semitic comments. Jewish leaders invited him to Seders instead] Many of the stories those interviewed shared about the Nation were rooted in the past, during much of the late Marion Barrys long tenure as mayor in the 1980s and into the early 90s, when scores of members patrolled the citys most violent neighborhoods, inspiring respect and maintaining calm. At one point, Nation-run security firms won $20 million in public contracts in 10 U.S. cities, including D.C. Many residents who attended the Farrakhan- convened Million Man March in 1995 have said the feeling of love and uplift is one they will never forget. White, 33, grew up during the tail end of this period and has described the Nation as family when asked about the $500 donation. Ward 8 is a different place today. Violent crime is down, but the percentage of people who live in poverty rose 10 percentage points to 37 percent from 1990 through 2014, according to the D.C. Office of Planning. Development pressures are driving rents up and population churn has left fewer established community leaders. Today, the Nations infrastructure in the District its Mid- Atlantic hub, according to the group consists of a sole house of worship in Ward 7. Members are simply part of the mix of people who reliably show up for volunteer efforts, those interviewed said. They include a regular fish fry and chess game in the Woodland Terrace apartments, mentoring of young men who have left prison and reportedly lending a hand in communal crises, such as a shooting or when the water went off last month at Anacostia High School. D.C. police say there is no indication the group has any current role in public safety, nor does it have any city contracts to provide services. The Nation began shrinking in Ward 8 as it did nationally decades ago as members merged into mainstream Sunni Islam and younger generations became disenchanted with organized religion. According to Pew Research, 13 percent of U.S. Muslim adults are U.S.-born African Americans, and of that, 3 percent say they identify with the Nation of Islam. Most Orthodox Muslims do not view the Nation as authentic followers of Islam. But the Nations message of black empowerment and racial oppression still appears to resonate in Ward 8, where many residents share a feeling of disenfranchisement as the city grows whiter and more affluent. Some view Jews as part of a racist white power structure that is profiting financially from widespread upscale development, which they say is displacing poorer black residents and the citys historic African American culture. It is in this context that many residents appear to be reacting to criticism of White as an attack on one of their own by powerful outside forces. Even longtime Jewish allies of White who come from outside the ward are suspect in this era of gentrification, said Anthony Muhammad, a Nation of Islam member and Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative. Its like: Do what I say because I supported you, Muhammad said. [The stench of anti-Semitism and racism mar D.C.] The controversy erupted in mid-March when White, a popular young council member who grew up in Ward 8, speculated on Facebook that the Rothschilds a renowned European Jewish banking family were manipulating the weather. That led to several apologies, with White saying he knew nothing of the Rothschild canard or of the Jewish experience. He agreed to attend a breakfast and a Passover Seder with Jewish leaders to learn. Within days, the dialogue was shaken when the The Post reported that city officials were questioning Whites donation to the Nation of Islam. That week, White also left early from a specially arranged Holocaust Museum tour. At the time, he did not give an explanation, but two days later he said he did so because a reporter was present. He posted a Facebook Live video saying he believed he was under attack and was done apologizing. The role of the Nation in Whites drama has triggered complex reactions among Ward 8 residents. The vast majority of the hundreds of comments on Whites Facebook page after news of the $500 donation broke were general shout-outs of support for someone residents perceived as unfairly under fire. Unbought and unbossed! and Support your own, people wrote. Mixed in with these messages were others challenging the citys Jewish leaders who were focused on anti-Semitism to condemn racism. Criticisms or even mentions of Farrakhan were rare. White is involved with some of the Nations efforts in Ward 8. The council member appears and does some of the filming in a recent video of an outdoor neighborhood mens event in Ward 8 organized by the group Brothas Huddle to encourage and uplift participants. Speakers including Nation members shift from trying to motivate youths by empowering them to fight a self-inflicted genocide to telling them their suffering is socially engineered by people in high places. Now, do I agree with everything that the Minister Farrakhan says? No, I dont . … But guess what? White himself said in the April 21 Facebook Live video. Thats my brother, thats my sister . … So you can choose your friends. But my grandmother taught me you cant choose your family. White told The Post in a text message that he donated the $500 to the Nation at the request of the groups local members because The Brothers from the Nation are of the few men that show up to help. Hawthorne said the strong reaction to defend Whites payment should be viewed primarily as illustration of a very defensive feeling that exists in the Ward, that anything reflecting badly on White could hurt efforts to improve a struggling community. People are saying about Trayon: Why is he speaking about things he knows nothing about? He speaks for the whole ward, he doesnt just speak for a specific group. Hes making us look all kinds of crazy. Whites donation to the Nation split the ward, Hawthorne said because residents did not like to see money intended for local use go elsewhere. If it had gone to the Nation members who show up at the weekly fish fry, Hawthorne said, it would have been fine. He disowned the anti-Semitism. Saying racial, anti-Semitic comments those of us who are Ward 8 who have honor and respect, we dont put up with it, he said. But Jahar Abraham, a longtime community activist who regularly teams up with the Nation for community service in Ward 8, sounded angry as he recalled the demand by Jewish council members and city leaders that White be censured for donating to Farrakhan, or that other city employees be censured for standing with local Nation leader Minister Abdul Khadir Muhammad, who stood in front of the Wilson Building a week ago and called Jews termites. Whats more important than what people say, or the condemnations they offer, Abraham said, are their actions to help the disenfranchised, whether its White or city politicians or the Nation of Islam. Im more interested in what people do than what they say, he said.He compared the lack of outrage among some in Ward 8 to Abdul Khadir Muhammads comment with what he perceives as a lack of outrage about conditions in the ward. Imam Talib Shareef has lived the ups and downs of the Nation in the District. He joined Islam through the group in North Carolina in the 1970s and lived in the District in the 80s. He later transitioned with most of the Nation to mainstream Islam, he said, and now leads Masjid Muhammad, a major Sunni mosque in Shaw. Shareef is also president of the Washington Interfaith Conference, a network of faith leaders in the region, and he and the masjid work with White on service projects in Ward 8, where they own property. And so he claimed some authority as he tried to explain what the Nation of Islam still represents in the city, even in its faded modern incarnation. The average resident does not know a lot about the small group, he maintains. They just see Muslims helping them, Shareef said. They look at the help theyre getting. And people who are not with them, not helping them, he said. White appeared to be alluding to that role in a tweet last March, in which he posed with about 12 men and boys some in suits who were distributing copies of the Nations paper, the Final Call. Block to Block every Saturday! Recruiting young brothers to [join] the movement of edifying our communities, White tweeted. Sometime in the last week, Whites tweet was deleted. Fenit Nirappil and Peter Jamison, and researcher Magda Jean-Louis contributed to this report.

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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Louis Farrakhan Jr. ‘passed peacefully in his sleep’ at his family home in Phoenix at the age of 60 on Saturday. A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Facebook post from the Nation of Islam(Photo: Nation of Islam) Louis Farrakhan Jr. “passed peacefully in his sleep” Saturday at his family home in Phoenix, officials said. Farrakhan Jr. was 60 andthe eldest son of Minister Louis Farrakhan, the 85-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam. “The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan Jr.,” an official statement on the Nation of Islam’s website said. Around 9:30 p.m. Phoenix police responded to a residence near Broadway Road and 24th Street for adeath investigation, said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a Phoenix Police Departmentspokeswoman. Police discovered Farrakhan Jr., with “no obvious signs of foul play,” Mercedes said. Farrakhan Jr. had a previous heart condition, according to the Nation of Islam’s official statement. His father, Louis Farrakhan, isknown for preaching a conservative message of self-reliance and family values coupled with black empowerment, but has drawn criticism for fosteringanti-Semitic views in the past,according to a USA Today report. READ MORE: Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Read or Share this story: https://azc.cc/2M1qBtJ These sites are part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Their content is produced independently from our newsrooms. June 7, 2018, 6:15 a.m. June 6, 2018, 4:54 p.m. June 6, 2018, 3:45 p.m. June 6, 2018, 5:26 p.m. June 6, 2018, 1:11 p.m. June 6, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

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Son of Minister Louis Farrakhan dies at family home in …

Louis Farrakhan Jr., eldest son of the Nation of Islam leader, died in his sleep Saturday at a family home in Phoenix, according to the organization and police. Farrakhan Jr. was 60 and suffered from a heart condition, the Nation of Islam said in a news release. He was one of nine children of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, 85. We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis Jr., his contribution to rise of black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way, the statement said. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten. When Farrakhan Jr. was not helping with his fathers cause, he enjoyed designing clothing and creating art, said Richard B. Muhammad, editor of the Nation of Islams newspaper. Louis Farrakhan Jr. was a very lively, warm person with a great sense of humor, Muhammad said Monday. It was really a joy to be with him. A spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded to the Farrakhan residence about 9:30 p.m. Friday. There were no indications of foul play, Sgt. Mercedes Fortune wrote in an email Monday. Police said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death. The Maricopa County medical examiners office Monday could not locate information on the case. The Nation of Islam is headquartered in Chicagos South Shore neighborhood. In 2000, Farrakhan Jr. made headlines when he pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic battery after he was accused of hitting his pregnant wife with a metal serving tray at his home in south suburban Crete. At the time of his arrest, Farrakhan Jr. worked on various projects with the Nation of Islam but did not hold any posts with the organization. Services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Mosque Maryam, 7351 S. Stony Island Ave, according to a post on the elder Farrakhans Facebook page.

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Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, family, friends and loved ones are mourning the death of his eldest son, Louis Farrakhan Jr. The 60-year-old man passed away in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Arizona according to a statement from The Nation posted on The Final Calls website. Family members say they were aware that Louis Jr. reportedly had a previous heart condition. The Nation of Islam released this official statement In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful. And speak not of those who are slain in Allahs way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not. Holy Quran, Surah 2, Verse 154 As Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You.) The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. The family was aware of a previous heart condition and it appears that Louis, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 60 years old. We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis, Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother. We will provide details about his funeral, janazah service, as information becomes available. We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis, Jr., his contribution to rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.

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Louis Farrakhan attacks Jews and Judaism from his Chicago …

Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) (JTA) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Jews and Judaism during a three-hour sermon from his pulpit at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. The May 27 sermon was his first major public speaking appearance since February, according to the Anti-Defamation League. During his sermon Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, warned his listeners about satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit. Farrakhan also claimed that contemporary Jews are responsible for promoting child molestation, misogyny, police brutality and sexual assault, among other social ills. In addition, he asserted that contemporary Judaism is nothing but a system of tricks and lies that Jews study in order to learn how to dominate non-Jews. Farrakhan based some of his mischaracterization of Judaism on a distorted reading of the Talmud, according to ADL. He also said that the false Jew will lead you to filth and indecency. Thats who runs show business. Thats who runs the record industry. Thats who runs television. Farrakhan alleged that Jews often force aspiring actors to submit to anal sex. Do you know that many of us who go to Hollywood seeking a chance have to submit to anal sex and all kind [sic] of debauchery [before] they give you a little part? he asked. Its called the casting couch. See, thats Jewish power. He used disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is Jewish, as proof of his allegations. Farrakhan also said that President Barack Obama was under Jewish influence when he advocated for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Marriage equality, Farrakhan informed his audience, is satanic. The day before his speech, Farrakhan appeared on Chicago radio station WGCI on a program titled The Morning Takeover and said that President Donald Trump has helped his cause by destroying the enemies of the Nation of Islam. Included in this group are the Department of Justice and the FBI. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan Jr., the Nation of Islam leaders son, died in his sleep Saturday at a family home in Phoenix, according to the organization. He was 60 and had a heart condition, according to the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan, 85, has nine children.

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The 20 Worst Quotes From Louis Farrakhan, Liberal America …

David Duke and Richard Spencer have small numbers of fringe supporters and theyre considered to be pariahs on the Right. Just to give you a rough idea of their support, even the unreliable and highly suspect Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that there are only somewhere between 5,000-8,000 KKK members in the United States. In other words, those numbers could be high by a substantial amount. In addition, Duke and Spencer are universally reviled by every mainstream conservative publication and no Republican in Congress wants to be associated with them. In fact, the only reason anyone talks about either of them at all is because the liberal media incessantly builds them up and amplifies their message in an effort to tie them to Republicans who want nothing to do with them. On the other hand, the dishonorable Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam is estimated to have somewhere between 20,000-50,000 members. Farrakhan has met with a number of liberal celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Ludacris, 50 Cent, DMX, T.I., Busta Rhymes, C Lo Green, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith. Left-wing social media network Twitter, which has made a big deal about publicly pulling the accounts of prominent racists, has allowed Farrakhans account to stay up. At least seven Democrats, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Texas Rep. Al Green have taken meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress and there are many other prominent Dems (including Rahm Emanuel) who have cozied up to him. Even former President Barack Obama is connected to Farrakhan. Not only did he take a side by side smiling picture with him, the Nation of Islam has actually worked on his political campaigns. All of this is despite Farrakhan openly preaching his hatred of whites, Jews and America for decades. The same people who will claim racism is involved if theres a hard rain have gravitated toward Farrakhan not in spite of, but because of statements like this: 1) “The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape, especially after such evil foolish talk about his benefactor, Elijah Muhammad. Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1964 on Malcolm X, who was later murdered by Nation of Islam members. 2) Now that nation called Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name. — Louis Farrakhan in 1984. 3) “The Jews dont like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, thats a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1984. 4) “Murder and lying comes easy for white people.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1994. 5) “Many of the Jews who owned the homes, the apartments 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. When the Jews left, the Palestinian Arabs came, Koreans came, Vietnamese…and we call them bloodsuckers.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1995. 6) “They call them [Hezbollah] terrorists, I call them freedom fighters…No one asks why they would do such a thing. Why would they do such a thing? What has driven them to this point? That’s what the UN, the U.S. and Europe doesn’t want to deal with because the Zionists have control in England, in Europe, in the United States and around the world.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1996. 7) Qaddafi is hated because he is the leader of a small country that is rich, but he uses his money to finance liberation struggles. And since hes financing liberation struggles against imperialists and Zionists and oppressors, the Zionists hate him, the imperialists hate him, the neo-colonialists hate him, America hates him. Well, you must be all three. I love him. — Louis Farrakhan in 1996. 8) “A decree of death has been passed on America. The judgement of God has been rendered and she must be destroyed…” — Louis Farrakhan in 1997. 9) “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.” — Louis Farrakhan in 1998. 10) “White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2000. 11) “The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2002. 12) “Im not into integration. I aint for that. God told the Jews, he didnt want you intermarrying with others. But you disobeyed him. He dont want us uniting into this that hes come to judge. You cant integrate with wickedness if you want righteousness.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2003. 13) “The final thing is the destruction. 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.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2011. 14) L. Ron Hubbard himself was and is trying to civilize white people and make them better human beings and take away from them their reactive minds Mr. Hubbard recognized that his people have to be civilized. — Louis Farrakhan in 2011. 15) “Another method (of depopulation) is disease infection through bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS, which are race targeting weapons. There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2014. 16) “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think its us coming to do it.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2015. 17) 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. Louis Farrakhan in 2015. 18) I dont know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because weve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag. Who are we fighting today? Its the people that carry the American flag. — Louis Farrakhan in 2015. 19) “Osama Bin Laden didnt destroy the Twin Towers. That was a false-flag operation to take the worlds attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2016. 20) “America will never be made great again. Her days of greatness are over. The God of justice has come.” — Louis Farrakhan in 2017.

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Why Louis Farrakhan Is Back in the News

Edward E. Curtis IV, the author of Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, said that while estimates ranged wildly about how many bona fide members belonged to the Nation, he believes that there were tens of thousands of members in the 1960s and early 1970s. But he said that millions of others sympathized with the movements anticolonial stance and were inspired by its most famous member, Muhammad Ali. Born Louis Eugene Walcott in New York in 1933, Mr. Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam in the mid-1950s and rose quickly within the organization, becoming close to Malcolm X. After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, he became one of the most powerful members of the Nation and its chief spokesman, the position that Malcolm X had held. The Nation of Islam had gained followers around the nation in the 1940s and 50s by providing something of a religious answer to antiblack racism. It was not widely recognized as an anti-Jewish organization during its early years (its early literature, though, focused on the white man as the white devil). But in 1967, it became outspokenly and flagrantly anti-Zionist, in an expression of solidarity with Palestinians. That political position became a vehicle for Mr. Farrakhan to express his anti-Semitism. (Among his more infamous comments is his 1984 description of Adolf Hitler as a very great man.) In 1975, when Elijah Muhammad died, the Nation split into two factions. The faction reconstituted under Mr. Farrakhan in the late 1970s retained the original name, though not the influence or support that it had when its leaders were Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Elijah Muhammad. Mr. Curtis said that today the membership could be in the thousands, and there could even be as many as 10,000 followers. Mr. Farrakhan, whose name, the Anti-Defamation League wrote after the February event, is virtually synonymous with anti-Semitism, then drew national attention in 1984, when he exhorted his followers to support Jesse Jacksons bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. In a radio address, he urged listeners to make an example of a Washington Post reporter who had reported that Mr. Jackson had used anti-Semitic terms in private. Mr. Jackson repudiated Mr. Farrakhan, but the ministers support proved troublesome to his 1988 campaign as well. He was back in the news in 1995 when he organized what became known as the Million Man March, a political and religious revival event in Washington. Ms. Mallory, who declined to comment for this article, did not respond to calls to condemn Mr. Farrakhan, for whom she had expressed admiration in the past. On March 3, she said on Twitter that someone had brought to her attention that she had yet to tweet my absolute position on how wrong anti-Semitism is. A day later, she said that she was committed to ending anti-black racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia & transphobia, but did not mention Mr. Farrakhan. In an essay posted Wednesday, she said that she had been attending Saviours Day celebrations for over 30 years. In that most difficult period of my life, it was the women of the Nation of Islam who supported me and I have always held them close to my heart for that reason, she said. The essay did not mention Mr. Farrakhan. Asked what the appeal of Mr. Farrakhans views might be to people like Ms. Mallory, religious scholars emphasized that the Nation of Islam is a religion and can provide comfort and aid to its adherents. For those who find it appealing, it is a form of radical black self love that is willing to challenge any potential impediment to black freedom, Mr. Curtis said. Yvonne Chireau, a professor of religion at Swarthmore who called Mr. Farrakhans remarks about Jews unbelievably vile, emphasized that his fundamentalism was comparable to the fundamentalist views found in other religions. Coincidentally, the photo of Mr. Farrakhan and Mr. Obama had been published by the Trice Edney News Wire in January. The News Wire reported that the picture had been taken by the photojournalist Askia Muhammad during a 2005 meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and that Mr. Muhammad kept the photo under wraps so as not to hurt Mr. Obamas candidacy. (Mr. Muhammad, in a 2012 blog post, said that he was an admirer of Mr. Farrakhan and that the minister was not an anti-Semite. He reaffirmed that he admired Mr. Farrakhan in an interview on Friday, though he said that the things the minister says about Jewish people sometimes make me shudder.) Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama, said on Friday: President Obama has denounced racism and anti-Semitism his entire life. That includes his public and repeated repudiations of Louis Farrakhans views over the years. Today is no different he still rejects the harmful and divisive views Farrakhan continues to espouse. Representative Davis, who was interviewed by The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, after the photo emerged, called Mr. Farrakhan an outstanding human being, and later said he was not bothered by the leaders position on The Jewish Question. After a monthlong backlash about that interview, largely in conservative media, Mr. Davis said in a statement to Forward on Thursday that I reject, condemn and oppose Minister Farrakhans views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.

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