CHICAGO - In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.
The 74-year-old anti-semite Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the annual Saviours' Day celebration spent most of the nearly two-hour speech praising the Illinois senator.
"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Farrakhan compared Obama to the religion's founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father.
"A black man with a white mother became a savior to us," he told the crowd of mostly followers. "A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall."
Farrakhan also leveled small jabs at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, suggesting that she represents the politics of the past and has been engaging in dirty politics.
Farrakhan rebuilt the Nation of Islam, which promotes black nationalism, in the late 1970s after W.D. Mohammed, the son of longtime leader Elijah Mohammed, moved his followers toward mainstream Islam.
Farrakhan has drawn attention for calling Judaism a "gutter religion" and suggesting crack cocaine might have been a CIA plot to enslave blacks.
And why wouldn't he love Barack. In December 2007, the Trinity United Church of Christ where Barack is a long time member bestowed its highest social achievement award upon Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam. Is Obama a christian?
This was facilitated through the church's publication Trumpet Magazine and presented at their end of the year awards gala. The award dubbed the Lifetime Achievement "Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Trumpet" Award is named after the head pastor that married Barack and Michele Obama nee Robinson.
According to the Church's publication, "the decision was made to honor socially conscious giants who commit their life's work to saving the lives of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora."
In addition to thanking God for the commitment of their sponsors the publisher Jeri L. Wright, the pastor's daughter, also concludes by writing "we thank God for the commitment our honorees have made with their lives"
Among the church's other honorees, including congresswoman Maxine Waters, Louis Farrakhan earned top accolades with landing on the cover of the church's publication. The featured article about Farrakhan includes this observation attributed to the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
"When Minister Farrakhan speaks, Black America listens," says
the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, likening the Minister's influence to
the E. F. Hutton commercials of old.
"Everybody may not agree with him, but they listen...His depth on analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye opening. He brings a
perspective that is helpful and honest."
Really? So Rev. Wright thinks calling the Judaism a "gutter religion" and suggesting crack cocaine might have been a CIA plot to enslave blacks" is a "perspective that is helpful"????
Barack talks alot about change but just what kind of change is he wanting to bring? We don't know. He never says. But from the sounds of his church that is not the kind of change I can believe in.
Ron Paul says waht he thinks about the issues and I like what he says. I know where he stands. He doesn't just give speaches on change with no substance. He is not as handsome or well spoken as Barack but he stands for the constitution and freedom. That is change I can believe in.