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April 9, 2013

Louis Farrakhan’s 52 Weeks Of Hate

Update: In part 19 of Farrakhan’s lecture series, he char­ac­ter­izes the Jew­ish peo­ple as “Satanic” and instructs his lis­ten­ers to look for a hid­den Star of David on the back of the one-dollar bill.

Louis Farrakhan’s latest lecture series, launched in January 2013, enables the Nation of Islam (NOI) leader to reach online audiences with his unique brand of racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While Farrakhan continues to promotes his hatred at large NOI events such as Saviours’ Day, the lecture series, titled “The Time and What Must Be Done,” is broadcast online in weekly installments.

Farrakhan has thus far primarily focused the series on the importance of NOI’s teachings as they continue to be revealed to him, but he also spends a significant portion of each lecture prophesying the imminent downfall of the United States and advising America to heed his warnings or face divine punishment through severe weather, natural disasters, and world wars. Additionally, throughout the lecture series, Farrakhan reiterates his long-standing anti-Semitic ideology.

For example, Farrakhan invokes anti-Semitic theories of Jewish control over the American government and disproportionate Jewish wealth and influence in a recent installment on March 30 (part 12 of the series). In this lecture, he claims that “nobody becomes President of the United States without going before Israel or AIPAC and promising the Zionists everything that you think will allow you access to their wealth, their influence, and their power.”

In part 11, Farrakhan rants about Hollywood, which he describes as “know[ing] the Torah.” This description is consistent with past statements Farrakhan has made about Hollywood supposedly being controlled by Jews. He explains, “You are promoting that which is against the will of God and you’re doing it purposely.” He then elaborates on his belief that the “Kingdom of God” will be taken from the Jews and given to “the Black man.” He cites this as the reason for Jews allegedly using their control of Hollywood and other media to encourage sinful behavior in the Black community:

“You hate the fact that our rule is going to come whether you like it or not…You know this, so you want to feed us all the filth that we can eat, all the debauchery we can stand, so you are now bringing the privacy of sex into public view in your movies, in your magazines, in your newspapers. It’s all about sex….you are promoting that which is against the commandments of God.”

Farrakhan also makes conspiratorial statements about what he perceives as Jewish control of Hollywood in part 3. While not explicitly mentioning Jews, he claims that “those that own Hollywood” are writing plots to encourage a race war in America, getting Black characters to kill white characters in movies “so that white people in America who have these guns will start preparing their minds for a race war.”

In part 9, Farrakhan describes the Talmud as “part of the tricks and lies” used by Jews to “master the original people with that system of tricks and lies and unrighteousness.” He then claims that such statements are not anti-Semitism but rather truth, a truth that “exposes the lie, the liar, the deceitful one.”

Farrakhan frequently discusses race in the lecture series as well, calling on America to give “millions of acres of land” to Blacks so there can be “separation” between Blacks and whites. In part 4 he warns, “You’ll see the end [of the white race] by 2050. Separation will save you. Separation will give you more time as a white person on this earth.” In the same lecture, he accuses the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment of hatch­ing a plan to kill “two to three bil­lion peo­ple on our planet,” asking “Could this be why, in Africa, AIDS is slaugh­ter­ing black men and women, par­tic­u­larly in those areas where the min­eral resources of that area is nec­es­sary to keep Amer­i­can in power in this 21st century?” He then claims that the “same genocidal thought” of whites towards Blacks “will be against the Mexicans and others as well.”

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February 25, 2013

Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories Mark Farrakhan’s 2013 Saviours’ Day Address in Chicago

Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address during this past weekend’s annual Saviours’ Day convention once again featured anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish political and financial control of the United States.

Among the anti-Semitic conspiracies Farrakhan propagated during his three-hour address to approximately 8,300 people at the University of Illinois Chicago, is the notion that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were set up by the Jews in tandem to control the fiscal policies of the United States: 

“And today in 2013, we are in December of this year 100 years since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Internal Revenue Service and the ADL. America’s debt has gone from two billion dollars to more than sixteen trillion dollars. Now they set these institutions up to work in unity: the Federal Reserve the IRS and the ADL. One was to create debt, the other was to enforce a tax policy to take from the American citizens enough to pay that debt, and the watchdog of the whole thing was to see who would recognize who did this and that’s when the ADL raised the cry of anti-Semitism, and now America is seeing herself in ruin because of it.”

Farrakhan also listed statistics on Jewish members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court before concluding, “Special interests along with Zionist AIPAC are robbing America of the principle of democracy and representative government.”

Farrakhan then raised the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense to make claims against the Jewish State:

“You need a man like Senator Hagel as your Secretary of Defense because a man with a mind like that will keep you out of fighting someone else’s wars. You need a man in government that has another opinion that is not controlled, and if the Senate does not confirm him as Defense Secretary because of his opinion on Israel, that only proves that the Senate and the U.S. Congress is controlled by the Israel lobby, and it also sentences America to war with Iran for the state of Israel.”

Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism has not been limited to his latest Saviours’ Day address. The Nation of Islam (NOI) continues to engage in a wide-ranging propaganda campaign against Jews through its media arm.  For example, in a February 9 article in the NOI’s newspaper, The Final Call, Farrakhan claimed that Jews control the media and are behind what he describes as an inaccurate portrayal of him in a Lifetime movie on the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz:

“The Jewish people behind this film have characterized Farrakhan as the ‘No. 1 Anti-Semite.’…Those who control this movie, those who wrote the script—those who control the media—all want to try me in the court of public opinion.”

Farrakhan also continues to promote his ideology in a 52-week lecture series titled “The Time and What Must Be Done.” While the first seven installments of these lectures have focused mostly on theological topics, Farrakhan sometimes digresses into racist conspiracy theories. In one lecture he accuses the American government of hatching a plan to kill “two to three billion people on our planet…Could this be why, in Africa, AIDS is slaughtering black men and women, particularly in those areas where the mineral resources of that area is necessary to keep American in power in this 21st century?”

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January 9, 2013

CNN Gives Platform to Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

On Monday, CNN aired a primetime interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Piers Morgan Tonight. Jones’s appearance might have been an eye-opening experience for those unfamiliar with what extremists are saying, but to the extent that the interview allowed him to promote both his views and his media outlets to hundreds of thousands of new viewers, it was quite troubling.

In his initial introduction of Jones, the host, Piers Morgan, only identified him as the host of “The Alex Jones Show” and also “one of the people behind” the petition calling for Morgan to be deported for his views on the second amendment.

Jones uses his radio show and his websites, Infowars and Prison Planet, to promote a host of right-wing and anti-government conspiracy theories.

For example, in a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Jones commented on the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), stating “The whole thing stinks to high heaven. This kid Loughner disappeared for days at a time before the shooting? My gut tells me this was a staged mind-control operation. The government employs geometric psychological-warfare experts that know exactly how to indirectly manipulate unstable people through the media. They implanted the idea in his head by repeatedly asking, ‘Is Giffords in danger?'”

A description on Jones’s website Infowars for his film “911 The Road To Tyranny” describes how the film examines “Bill Clinton’s involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing and how it was carried out by intelligence agencies to be blamed on the right-wing.  According to the description, the film also addresses “how the FBI ordered their informants to cook the bomb and train the drivers in the first World Trade Center attack in 1993.”

Jones’s conspiracy theories, while easily dismissed as ludicrous, can influence people to take action. In August 2009, a man pleaded guilty to sending a threatening communication after he wrote a message on Infowars threatening to kill a San Francisco police officer and his family after reading a discussion about a subway shooting by a police officer in Oakland, California.

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