February 26, 2007, - 11:05 am
As he spoke, the huge screens in the stadium that projected live images during the speech filled with the face of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, as he sat listening and smiling. Conyers once said he would work to impeach Bush, but has since drawn back from that position. He was not available after the speech. [DS: Well, we already knew Conyers was a racist nutjob, so no surprise there.] . . .
Anita Baker, the Detroit-native and Grammy Award-winning singer, performed the black national anthem before the speech, and speakers from various religious and ethnic groups welcomed Farrakhan. Also on the stage were hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons; Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his mother; U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit; and Joe Shirley Jr., president of the Navajo Nation.
Before the speech, the Nation of Islam announced significant donations, including $100,000 from former professional basketball player Larry Johnson, $40,000 from Simmons, $20,000 from the recording artist Ice Cube and $10,000 from the recording artists Wu-Tang Clan.
“I have grown up loving and appreciating all of the work the Nation of Islam has done in our communities,” Simmons said. “I think it very critical that when we leave here today we embrace the oneness of God. This is a great teacher — the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
Well, Simmons is no surprise, either. A few years ago, I wrote about his Nation of Islam involvement, Farrakhan worship, and employment of anti-Semite Farrakhan ally, Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, in The Jerusalem Post. But Anita Baker–singing a separatist “Black national anthem”? Huh? What the heck is that?
Then, there are Farrakhan’s absurd comments, not just the call for a Bush impeachment, but his defense of Iran attaining nuclear capability, and his absurd claim that Shi’ites and Sunnis lived peacefully together. Uh-huh:
Farrakhan contended that, before the U.S.-led invasion, “Shi’ite and Sunni lived together” peacefully in Iraq with “no bombings of holy places … but it’s happening now” because of U.S. intervention.
Living under Saddam and his dumping Shi’ites into wood-chippers wasn’t exactly “peaceful.” But when I saw him speak in Detroit in 1998, he told the audience that the Iraqi people “love” Saddam Hussein. Right.
Farrakhan, who has long associated with controversial Muslim heads of state, also defended Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“Iran has the right” to develop nuclear energy, he said. “You cannot deny Iran access to knowledge.”
The Final Call couldn’t have come soon enough.
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