Farrakhan says blacks must heal religious rift


By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter

February 28, 2005

Reminding his audience that there are deep similarities among the three major monotheistic faiths, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that until black people overcome the religious divide that separates them, white supremacy and black poverty will continue.

For about three hours, the charismatic 71-year-old preacher lambasted the U.S. government as a "modern Roman Empire" and called for reforms throughout the entire "hypocritical world of religion." Flanked by Methodist, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal clergy, he kept returning to the theme of unity.

"[God] is elevating our consciousness beyond denomination, beyond organizational thrust and ideology to see, by his grace, the bigger picture," he told more than 5,000 followers at Christ Universal Temple on Chicago's South Side. "We are not poor. We're just poorly organized. We are not poor in material strength but [there is] poverty in terms of the mind and spirit."

Farrakhan's sermon, watched by thousands via satellite in more than 120 cities in the U.S. and London, marked the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day, the anniversary of the death of Farrakhan's teacher Elijah Muhammad and the birth of Elijah Muhammad's teacher Master Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam.

Farrakhan spoke of recent meetings with Christian leaders to plan the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. He said many of those Christian leaders had dubbed him a "frustrated Baptist preacher" for talking so much about the teachings of Jesus.

"You may not understand as a Muslim why I quote the Bible more sometimes than the Koran," he said. "That's because you don't have the assignment. ... I'm not trying to undermine or challenge your faith. That's not what it's about. It's about making faith real.

"If the real Jews, real Christians, real Muslims stood up, they would stand up for their principles," he added.

Farrakhan also discounted reports from years past that he is against Jews.

"I've never been an anti-Semite in my life," he said. "A real Muslim cannot hate a Jew."

Farrakhan also defended Michael Jackson, who faces child-molestation charges in California, saying he has been denied a jury of his peers.

Farrakhan said he would soon be cutting an album of his own, as he has just taken up the violin again.


Copyright © 2005, Chicago Tribune

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As much X-tian bashing/questioning I do on this site. I honestly don't do it when organizing(Can you believe it?) But honestly I don't. Since so many of our people are X-tian, I can't, because it will alienate too many people. Malcolm X said to "leave our religion at home", and Dr. Ben said "We are not oppressed because we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Kemetic practitioners, followers of Voudun or Ifa, ect., we are oppressed because we are African!"

I wholeheartedly agree.

Farrakhan is right. I skipped 'Saviors Day' this year because I had another African history month function/seminar to participate in...Too bad...but one of the borthers filled me in.

I saw him on CSPAN Saturday on "The State of Black America" panel...Hosted by Tavis Smiley. He was clowing EVERYONE as usual. I love when he said "To Hell with the Democratic Party!" And everyone stood up and cheered. Made me wonder about the direction Africans in Amerikkka are taking politically... but I digress...
I always love listening to him speak. I was at Saviors Day in 2004 in a Brooklyn mosque and listening to the message and being surrounded by hundreds of my people who knew what time it was was out of this world!!! We lost our connection right as he was wrapping up by daring the government to come after him and try to harm him. Didn't want to leave. I was on a high until I stepped outside and saw the NYPD had about 50 white police officers stationed outside, batons in hand, waiting for something to jump off. No one took the bait. Suckas.

It is imperative that Black people see themselves as Black people first and everything else second in order for us to organize and change things. You will ask some Black folks to define/describe themselves and the very first thing out of their mouth is "I'm a Christian" or "I'm a woman" or something else. First and foremost, we are Black. The other problem is there are a lot of Black people taking religious direction from white religious leaders who are obviously not concerned with the same things. My parents' (white) pastor was shouting down the pulpit for weeks about how the 5000-strong congregation needed to vote for Bush to stop the immorality going on in schools, like teaching safe sex methods. What?!?! That is all well and good but up until a couple of years ago, Black men were being dragged behind pickup trucks and decapitated. I'd like to address those things before I focus on condoms.
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Originally posted by Frenchy:
I always love listening to him speak. I was at Saviors Day in 2004 in a Brooklyn mosque and listening to the message and being surrounded by hundreds of my people who knew what time it was was out of this world!!! We lost our connection right as he was wrapping up by daring the government to come after him and try to harm him. Didn't want to leave. I was on a high until I stepped outside and saw the NYPD had about 50 white police officers stationed outside, batons in hand, waiting for something to jump off. No one took the bait. Suckas.

It is imperative that Black people see themselves as Black people first and everything else second in order for us to organize and change things. You will ask some Black folks to define/describe themselves and the very first thing out of their mouth is "I'm a Christian" or "I'm a woman" or something else. First and foremost, we are Black. The other problem is there are a lot of Black people taking religious direction from white religious leaders who are obviously not concerned with the same things. My parents' (white) pastor was shouting down the pulpit for weeks about how the 5000-strong congregation needed to vote for Bush to stop the immorality going on in schools, like teaching safe sex methods. What?!?! That is all well and good but up until a couple of years ago, Black men were being dragged behind pickup trucks and decapitated. I'd like to address those things before I focus on condoms.


I went to Saviors Day 2004 too. It was broadcast by satellite locally... Similar situation with 'one-time'(the 'law' as they say down here) once we left.

FYI Frency...I Like your comments on many of the political/social issues. Including this one. A fellow Pinko(I'm a socialist)...It's nice to here likeminded political/social thought, especially by a fellow sister every now and then. JUst wanted to give a shout outof encouragement.
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as salaam alaikum family

thank u 4 that positive report


Walaikum Salaam,

I cosign, thank you for this post......Is anyone attending the Millions More March?

Salaam,
Virtue
We are not poor in material strength but [there is] poverty in terms of the mind and spirit."---Farrakhan

I admire Farrakhan's ability to relate the points of talks.

Minister Farrakhan is good for African America.

Religion and politics, however, are incompatible to a healthy political entity.

Religion, therefore, cannot be the solution socio-political parity for African American-Americans.

When we look closely it becomes clear that religion has been a resource for our survival, AND the anchor that stablilized and gave direction to our subjugation.

Religion helped, and continues to help, keep us from being who were are.

Religion continues to help keep us down.

Consider Election 2004.

Religion cannot be the answer.



PEACE

Jim Chester
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FYI Frency...I Like your comments on many of the political/social issues. Including this one. A fellow Pinko(I'm a socialist)...It's nice to here likeminded political/social thought, especially by a fellow sister every now and then. JUst wanted to give a shout outof encouragement.


Thank you for that!! heart
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Originally posted by virtue:
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Originally posted by blacktrump:
as salaam alaikum family

thank u 4 that positive report


Walaikum Salaam,

I cosign, thank you for this post......Is anyone attending the Millions More March?

Salaam,
Virtue


I am, with the political org. I am a member of...

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