Detroit Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Anti-Semitic Hate Group

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a press conference in 2011 in support of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a press conference in 2011 in support of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The city of Detroit played host to the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, featuring the hate group’s spiritual leader Louis Farrakhan.

The Nation of Islam (NOI) has a long history of extremism and Holocaust denial. Farrakhan has been widely condemned for his anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-white and conspiracy-filled preaching.

Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “satanic” and claims they “control everything and mostly everybody.” In a sermon, he compared Jews to termites and called his Jewish critics “stupid.”

Other NOI leaders have praised Farrakhan and expressed multiple conspiracy theories, describing Jews as “wicked,” “lying” and “arrogant” people.

This extensive bigotry permeating NOI did not stop the City of Detroit from rolling out the red carpet for the vial hate group.

The well-known “People Mover” transportation system in downtown Detroit also issued a warm welcome.

Writer for the Detroit Free Press, Niraj Warikoo reported on the event and noted the praise bestowed upon the group by current and former city officials.

During his speech, Farrakhan criticized homosexuality.

Farrakhan then described the Iranian terrorist, Qassim Soleimani as his “brother.”

Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike at the beginning of the year, was personally designated a terrorist and sanctioned by the U.S., the European Union and the United Nations.

In 2011, the Obama administration sanctioned Soleimani for his role in plotting a foiled terror attack in Washington, D.C. He also oversaw the arming of Shiite insurgents fighting American troops in Iraq, and it is estimated that he was responsible for the deaths of over 600 American troops in Iraq.

One could ask: Do these government officials agree with Farrakhan’s hate-filled opinions or are identity politics the overriding factor in today’s polarized world?

Whatever the reason, officials of the city of Detroit have no business praising and promoting this hate preacher.



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Alex VanNess

Alex VanNess is a research analyst for the Clarion Intelligence Network. He formerly served as a fellow at the Endowment for Middle East Truth, as director of the Middle East Peace and Security Project for the Center for Security Policy and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.

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