(Originally Posted on April 26, 2010)Â
Letâ€™s step into â€œThe Upper Situation Roomâ€, sit down at the table and discuss hate for a second.
If you have received your education about the Nation of Islam from the media, then more than likely you have heard weâ€™re accused of being a hate group. I guess we can thank the misguided researchers at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the heads of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the FBI, the CIA, mainstream media and others for their contributions to this outright recycled lie.
Yes, it is a lie.
We could argue this point with volumes of information but I only want to provide you with these two points to show that we are not a hate group and that the true haters and terrorists do not belong to the Nation of Islam under Minister Farrakhan.
Point #1: A White Judge rules thatÂ The Muslim ProgramÂ is not racially inflammatory
After I posted my first blog on this website, I was unsurprisingly attacked as a â€œblogger of hateâ€ plus someone wrote the Chronicle Editors to ask that I be removed from Houston Belief on the grounds that an aspect of our belief system is racially inflammatory. This individual says thatÂ The Muslim Program, which appears on the inside back cover of every edition of our newspaperÂ The Final Call, is racially inflammatory.
I am sorry to disappoint you, but you must not have heard the latest news out of Louisiana wherein a White U.S. District Judge said otherwise.
Yes, he is White.
A Louisiana inmate named Henry Leonard was being unconstitutionally deniedÂ The Final CallÂ newspaper in the David Wade Correctional Center (DWCC). Attorneys representing Louisiana claimed on behalf of prison officials that the reason behind the censorship was that content inside the newspaper was deemed racially inflammatoryâ€“in particularÂ The Muslim Program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana backed a lawsuit by Mr. Leonard and filed it May 2007, which was a year after he was restricted from receiving copies of the weekly Nation of Islam newspaper.
What was the outcome? After hearing all of the evidence including a nearly 200-page deposition presented by Nation of Islam Attorney Ava Muhammad, Judge Donald Walter of Shreveport, La., ruled in favor of the plaintiff on March 31 of this year.
He made this ruling on the basis that the prison officials could not deliver any evidence thatÂ The Final Callnewspaper was the source of any violence. â€œAgain, this Court is concerned that the complete banning of the publication because of the inclusion of â€œThe Muslim Programâ€ is an exaggerated response to DWCCâ€™s concern about racially inflammatory material,â€ Judge Walter wrote in his 21-page ruling.
So, why would someone want to ban me from Houston Belief? I donâ€™t represent hate.
Point#2: The Department of Homeland Security illegally spied on the NOI
AÂ Washington PostÂ article, titledÂ Documents show DHS improperly spied on Nation of Islam in 2007, was posted on December 17, 2009. It stated in part:
The Department of Homeland Security improperly gathered intelligence on the Nation of Islam for eight months in 2007 when the leader of the black Muslim group, Louis Farrakhan, was in poor health and appeared to be yielding power, according to government documentsâ€¦The intelligence gathering violated domestic spying rules because analysts took longer than 180 days to determine whether the U.S-based group or its American members posed a terrorist threatâ€¦
I am sure youâ€™re wondering what they found on us, right? According to the article:
â€œCharles E. Allen, who was DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the time, said that although violations were unintentional and inadvertent â€” only publicly available information was collected â€” the report should never have been issued. â€œThe [Nation of Islam] organization â€” despite its highly volatile and extreme rhetoric â€” has neither advocated violence nor engaged in violence,â€ Allen wrote in a March 2008 memo. â€œMoreover, we have no indications that it will change its goals and priorities, even if there is a near-term change in the organizationâ€™s leadership.â€
So, letâ€™s please stop categorizing those who speak truth with those who advocate hate and violence. I am pretty sure if Jesus of 2,000 years ago was speaking in the streets today, his strong words would be taken out of context in the news. He would be called a hate teacher depending on who is reporting.
The Nation of Islam advocates mental and spiritual resurrectionâ€“not hate. We teach our people to love themselves. Whatâ€™s wrong with that? You do it for your own. We have no history of plotting attacks, bombing any synagogues, churches or mosques. We donâ€™t even carry so much as a pen knife.
Next time in â€œThe Upper Situation Roomâ€ weâ€™re going to go into anti-Semitism. Is Farrakhan really an anti-Semite?
Until then I invite you to read this article:Â Enough! Is EVERY Black Person AN â€˜Anti-Semiteâ€™?