Louis Farrakhan has denied that he hates Jewish people, even as he refers to them as “Satanic Jews.”
Speaking at the St. Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side, the Nation of Islam leader – who has been banned by Facebook — said once again that he is not preaching hate, even as he vilified Jews.
“I’m here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews,” Farrakhan said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I have not said one word of hate. I do not hate Jewish people. Not one that is with me has ever committed a crime against the Jewish people, black people, white people. As long as you don’t attack us, we won’t bother you.”
Of his being banned, he noted, “I’m not gonna let them put you in jail, what they call Facebook jail. Some of us did not come out tonight because they did not wish to be censored.” He added, “I am a hated man today — you can’t even have a picture with me.”
Farrakhan went on the chronicle many of the other people he claims he doesn’t hate. “I’m not a misogynist. I’m not a homophobe. Do not be angry with me if I stand on God’s word.”
On a page devoted to the fiery minister, the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to him this way: “Farrakhan blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression. Farrakhan’s tone grew more belligerent in June 2010, when he sent letters to several leaders of the Jewish community as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center demanding that they acknowledge the evils they have perpetrated and that they work to further Farrakhan’s goals. The letter ended with a threat to “ruin and destroy your power and influence here and throughout the world” if his terms were not met.
Among his direct quotes, according to the site:
* “The Jews, a small handful, control the movement of this great nation, like a radar controls the movement of a great ship in the waters. … The Jews got a stranglehold on the Congress.”
* “And you do with me as is written, but remember that I have warned you that Allah will punish you. You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell. But I warn you in the name of Allah, you would be wise to leave me alone. But if you choose to crucify me, know that Allah will crucify you.”
* “And the Christian right, with your blindness to that wicked state of Israel … can that be the holy land, and you have gay parades, and want to permit to have a gay parade in Jerusalem when no prophet ever sanctioned that behavior. How can that be the Israel, how can that be Jerusalem with secular people running the holy land when it should be the holy people running the holy land. That land is gonna be cleansed with blood!”