Supporters of The Nation of Islam held their annual convention during the last weekend in February in Rosemont, Illinois. Louis Farrakhan, whose NOI title is ‘honorable minister,’ marked the occasion with a prediction that Mideast-style uprisings will come to the U.S. Farrakhan often weighs in with political pronouncements. In a recent article in Final Call, the official media arm of NOI, the minister likened his political position to confinement by ‘the prison of public opinion.’
Chicago Breaking News (Chicago Tribune) summed up a speech Farrakhan made on Sunday. CBN said the NOI leader predicted “America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.”
The prediction doesn’t come as a surprise. NOI is sharply critical of US policy, with an emphasis on what the organization apparently believes is Jewish dominance. A recent article in Final Call was titled, “What do we do about the unrelenting Jewish hate?”
In the Final Call article, the writer recounted a “$5 million P.O.W.E.R. program loan from Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi, and its deposit in a ‘BLACK’ bank…”
Final Call said, “[T]he ‘free’ Black bankers actually asked The Minister to close out his $5 million account because they felt threatened by the powerful Jewish banking network…”
Farrakhan has been invited to take part in a live town hall program, Friday, March 11, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburg. The Jewish Chronicle said the town hall will be broadcast via a nationally syndicated show on American Urban Radio Network. That network has a bureau in The White House.
NOI believes Farrakhan is being persecuted for his political beliefs, claiming “incessant Jewish slander” against the minister.
Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, told The Jewish Chronicle, “Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism never went away...”
Many Americans don’t realize the significance of the term ‘Nation of Islam.’ Islam as a faith is one body that ranks above any government that is established by man and/or is based on secular principles. All Muslims are part of the body, regardless of scriptural interpretations and variations in practice. Islam is technically for NOI and many others, a nation unto itself.
Farrakhan believes criticism towards him has landed him “in prison.” In Final Call, Farrakhan is quoted: “I am not in a prison of ‘steel bars'—I am in a prison of public opinion manipulated by the media and their hatred of the truth that is in my mouth that would set our people free. Help me to get out of prison. Stop looking at the Nation of Islam as though we are some enemy to Black people.”
Other articles on Farrakhan at The US Report
Farrakhan calls Obama 'The Messiah'
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 28, 2011)