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June 1, 2012

Conspiracy Theories Mark Louis Farrakhan’s San Diego Address

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan’s nearly three-hour speech in San Diego last weekend, titled “Guidance in a Time of Trouble,” was marked by myriad conspiratorial attacks against the U.S., as well as Israel.

While media reports following Farrakhan’s remarks primarily focused on his criticism of Obama’s stance on gay marriage and his “warning” that God will severely punish America if it attacks Iran, anti-Semitism and anti-Israel vitriol marked parts of his speech as well.

Farrakhan reiterated his views about how members of Congress are “afraid to speak out against the warmongering of Israel and their control through AIPAC of your members of Congress.” “Joe Lieberman and his crowd,” Farrakhan said, are pushing for war against Iran and “moving the goalposts” for Iran on the nuclear issue.

Farrakhan also promoted the NOI’s book “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” which argues essentially that the history of slavery in the New World was initiated by Jewish ship owners and merchants, who, as a group, the book maintains, remained the primary beneficiaries of the slave economy.

“How many of you have heard of the Holocaust?” Farrakhan continued. “Raise your hands. Jewish people want the world to know what Hitler did to them. Why? So it will never happen again. Don’t you want to know what was done to you? This book should be in your colleges in your African American studies. But I know who writes your pay checks.”

In addition to discussing how much of the American southwest was taken from Mexico through “trickery” and how birth control is a conspiracy by white Americans to keep the white majority, Farrakhan also attacked President Obama’s position on gay marriage. “He’s the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid…Why is it that all you politicians take your oath of office on the Bible? If the book is no good, what the hell are you using it for to take an oath of office…?”

Farrakhan concluded his speech with a tirade warning America of calamity if it takes action against Iran. “So I’m warning you America, if you bomb Iran…The God that I represent is going to take out some of your cities with earthquakes… He’s going show you his power. In the meantime, one calamity after another until you submit, America, and know that judgment is here…”