|The truth according to Farrakhan|
|Nation of Islam leader on politics, religion and war|
|Published Monday, October 15, 2012 1:53 pm|
Seventeen years ago, the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., was deemed an international wake up call.
|Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan makes a point during a rally marking the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March at Bojangles' Coliseum. Farrakhan's speech was his first public speech at a major venue in a decade.|
For supporters who found themselves snoozing since then, Minister Louis Farrakhan sounded the alarm again in Charlotte on Sunday.
Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam and keynote speaker at the Million Man March, served the same purpose at BoJangles Coliseum on Sunday for the 17th anniversary of the march and Day of Atonement.
“Don’t expect a watered-down Farrakhan,” he told the thousands gathered.
While one of the main focuses of the speech was to be economic development, Farrakhan’s remarks on politics and foreign affairs seemed to have provoked the largest reactions.
He talked about a letter he wrote to then-President George Bush after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “If you follow what you have in your mind … you will do what Osama bin Laden and no Muslim extremist could ever do – You will unite the Muslim world in hostility against America and Great Britain, and, you will use your great position of power inadvertently to call for a Holy War against the West.”
Fast forward 11 years. “That letter is full of prophecies now fulfilled,” Farrakhan said. “The favorability of the U.S. – while once high – is now plummeted. You killed (Libya leader Mommar) Gaddafi. You killed (Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein. You killed (Al Qaeda leader) Osama bin Laden. But your problems are greater now than they were then.”
Farrakhan alleged that if Gaddafi were alive, U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens would still be alive because that country would still be under control.
“America is spreading democracy abroad by the use of the sword,” Farrakhan said. “The same thing you say Islam is doing.”
On the campaign front
On politics, Farrakhan said President Obama campaigned on a platform of change and that supporters were hoping he would change the direction of the nation from where President Bush had taken it.
However, Farrakhan said, Obama “fell in” with neoconservatives and advocates for a moderate Muslim. “Is there such a thing as a moderate Muslim?” he asked. “A moderate Muslim would put up with U.S. policies. There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim.
“Unfortunately, they have also destroyed Obama and made him an agent in their wicked policies against the Muslim world.”
But Farrakhan appears to still show some support for President Obama. Showing a split screen of Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Obama during the first presidential debate, Farrakhan said it was like the “champion not showing up for the fight.”
Romney told 27 myths in 38 minutes, said Farrakhan, referring to the Republican candidate as “a-lie-a-minute Mitt.”
“If you vote for Romney, that man is in a bubble and his bubble is not real,” Farrakhan said. “He is a cheerleader … to get that Negro out of office.
“Oh dear president, you have to remember you’re fighting for your presidential life and your vision for the country,” he said, urging the commander in chief to come out ready to fight during the next debate.
On hot topics
Farrakhan said he does not fear lesbians, gays or transgenders, but instead, “he fears for them.” Patting his chest, he scanned the crowd and said, “Any homosexual in the audience, your brother loves you. Nobody is perfect.”
He also denounced honor killings and the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by a Taliban gunman because of her advocacy for girls’ education.
“How can you deny knowledge to a female? What kind of Muslim are you?” he asked.
Farrakhan admitted the house of Islam needs to be cleaned, but so does Christianity, Judaism and religion as a whole.
“If you are a true Christian or Muslim, you will love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength,” he said.
Is there hope?
He reminded followers of a dire warning he gave years ago: To watch the weather. He claims there have been 242 federal disaster declarations since Obama has been in office. And more than that in the eight years of the Bush administration.
“God doesn’t fight with your cheap weapons,” he said. “God fights with the forces of nature … You can’t win with a war against God. You will understand it not by and by, but very soon.”
So the question becomes is it too late for America to right all the wrong that has been done? “America doesn’t have much more time,” he said.
Dale O’Leary of Charlotte, a Christian who came to hear Farrakhan, said the “truth is good for everybody. It does not matter what religious affiliation you may have. We all need the truth.”
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