Hate Preacher Farrakhan to Speak at ‘Love’ Church

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On Tuesday, September 24, the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) spiritual leader Louis Farrakhan will be speaking at the Fountain Street Church (FSC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

FSC is heavily involved with interfaith outreach efforts in Michigan and brands itself as an inclusive, left-wing social justice church. FSC’s senior pastor, Fred Wooden has served on the West Michigan ACLU Advisory Board and the Interfaith Dialogue Association.

In 2018, Wooden ran for congress as a Democrat hoping to unseat incumbent Michigan Congressman, Justin Amash.  He lost the Democratic primary.  His campaign website claims that he has “stood up for marital equality, racial justice, worker rights, and immigrant rights.”

According to FSC’s Mission Statement, they “value the active practice of love and justice in human relationships which validate the worth and dignity of each human being,” and that they strive to “foster a climate of purposeful inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other.”

The NOI has a long history of extremism and Holocaust denial. Farrakhan has a long history of anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-white and conspiracy-filled preaching. Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “Satanic” and claims that they “control everything and mostly everybody.”

Farrakhan has recently referred to Jews as the “synagogue of Satan” and “termites.”

FSC does not have the event published on their online event calendar. Farrakhan has spoken at the FSC multiple times in the past. In 2013, while speaking at FSC he voiced opposition to homosexuality and  accused white people of introducing birth control to black women in order to control the black population in America.

A hate-preacher like Farrakhan has no business being given a platform in any church, must less one that “values[s] the active practice of love and justice … and dignity of each human being.”



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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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