Inwardly Ravenous Wolves
John 4:1, King James Version
Religious leaders are currently much in the news. One is the Honorable Louis Farrakhan, Leader of the Nation of Islam.
Here are some of the thoughts currently on the Nation of Islam web site and others.
On Michael Jackson: "We shall see if the slanderous foam that dripped from the mouths of members of the media and “talking heads” who fed the public bitter cynicism and vitriolic lies in the months that led up to the trial will dry up. The character assassination is nothing new, the kangaroo court tactics were expected; but the months of mud that they threw on him will only aid in his restoration. Those of us who supported him did so, not only out of suspicion of the judicial system, but out of love for the sensitive and sincere human being we became acquainted with through his music. "
On the 40th anniversary of the Watts race riots: "When the Jim Crow signs came down and ghetto walls tumbled, more Blacks than ever marched into the corporations, onto universities, and into Congress and statehouses. This gave the false and misleading impression that economic deprivation was a thing of the past for all but a few unlucky Blacks. That was a pipedream, and America soon found it out. "
On the coming civil war: "It appears that there is a genocidal plan against Black people. The desire of many of those in power is the maintenance of White supremacy. Whites and their institutions have created inferior-minded Black people with a slave mentality. There are those who do not wish to see us as equals in the society."
On Jews (Feb., 2005): “Listen, Jewish people don’t have no hands that are free of the blood of us. They owned slave ships, they bought and sold us. They raped and robbed us. If you can’t face that, why you gonna condemn me for showing you your past, how then can you atone and repent if somebody don’t open the book with courage, you don’t have that, but I’ll be damned, I got it.”
On race relations: “White people are potential humans…they haven’t evolved yet."
On the role of women: "The Holy Qur’an teaches that the woman is the consoler of the man. What is consolation? It is to ease the man from the pain and burden of the labor that Allah (God) has imposed upon the man. Allah (God) has given man a female whose duty, by nature, is to ease the burden on man, to console, to give peace and quiet of mind, whether he knows that this demand is in his nature or not." From there the Minister went on to discuss how women were taken out of the home during World War II to work. "Today you hardly know how to boil an egg and you want to get married. Women have become a top breadwinner." After women were taken out of the home, according to the Minister, they began to have a new style of clothing. Hems began to rise. "Gradually he’s taken your clothes off. Satan has created the style to take you down," said the Minister, "Now that he’s taken you down, you’re attracting power is not what you think. The woman is in a degenerative state."
Just last night, here in Dorchester, Mass., according to the Boston Herald, “He claimed roadwork being done on local highways could be the beginning of an invasion of the inner city by U.S. Troops. ``Right now there's work being done on highways. What is that being done for? The more they reinforce the highways, the more tanks they can run over them . . . you are being programmed to rise up so the slaughter can begin.''
I’m not clear on who would be slaughtered here on Cape, but I concede that it will be easier to get tanks across the bridge without the Sagamore Rotary.
Why mention this now?
Because Farrakhan is not the only religious leader making foolish statements. Rev. Pat Robertson also made some inflammatory remarks on a broadcast of ‘The 700 Club’ about the desirability of assassinating Venezuelan President Chavez. He has apologized; the White House immediately condemned his words. Really, Rev. Robertson is far less a political leader than Minister Farrakhan. The reason for Farrakhan’s appearance in his home town of Boston last night was to lay groundwork for his Millions More March, to be held on the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March this coming October. Boston plans to send 100 busses of demonstrators to Washington.
Will Minister Farrakhan even be asked to apologize to the administration for asserting that they are actively planning to slaughter their own citizens, much less be condemned and editorialized about?
And if not, why not?