- Beck discussed Farrakhan's recent warning about a possible assassination of President Barack Obama.
- Farrakhan has called Obama a "murderer" and "assassin," and Beck said his words constitute "a clear and present danger to the president."
- The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam published a piece calling Beck a "minion of the synagogue of Satan" and said it will "not allow such vicious assaults" on Farrakhan.
- The Koran "teaches Muslims to never be the aggressor in word or deed, but if attacked, we fight with those who fight with us."
The Nation of Islam's official newspaper The Final Call on Saturday published an opinion piece attacking "minion of the synagogue of Satan" Glenn Beck for his recent comments about Louis Farrakhan, vowing it will "not allow such vicious assaults" on the movement's leader.
During his radio show Feb. 27, Beck discussed Farrakhan's warning that racial hatred could lead to an attempt on President Barack Obama's life, even suggesting that a Muslim could be set up to kill him. Beck wondered whether the warning could be a kind of set up to draw attention from Farrakhan and his followers -- Farrakhan in the past has called Obama a "murderer" and "assassin."
“I’m telling you this is a clear and present danger to the president of the United States," Beck said. "Will someone in the Secret Service or DOJ investigate what is happening at the Nation of Islam?"
Responding to Beck's comments, Abdul Arif Muhammad -- identified as the Nation of Islam's general counsel -- said he "maliciously attacked not only the good name, reputation, integrity, and character of Minister Farrakhan, but also the over half century of redemptive work he has accomplished."
"The Holy Qur’an teaches Muslims to never be the aggressor in word or deed, but if attacked, we fight with those who fight with us," Muhammad wrote:
Mr. Beck is a minion of the Synagogue of Satan and as such represents the thinking of those used as their low-level pawns. This group, Minister Farrakhan identified in his Saviours’ Day address, “…the Synagogue of Satan doesn’t mean that everybody in it is Jewish. It’s a combination of people, Gentiles, Jews, Black and White that agree on an idea. And some on a lesser level do not know what those on the highest level are doing, but they always give you a noble reason for what they are doing.” Mr. Beck, a man who called President Obama a “racist” is now feigning concern for our Brother President.
Farrakhan, Muhammad said, was "seeking to protect the life of President Obama from the evil plans of the Synagogue of Satan":
Minister Farrakhan gave guidance and instructions to all people of good will to protect the life of President Obama. He implored, “Brothers and Sisters… it’s our duty to protect the President. So when you’re at the job, listen to what people are saying. If you work in the boardroom, listen to what people are saying. Act like ‘The Spook That Sat by the Door’ and make mental notes, because they can’t do what they’re doing without talking about it [in] some way. So you that are in the police department, listen; you that belong to the FBI, CIA, ATF, sheriff’s department, listen! Keep your ear to the ground, and if you hear something that don’t sound right, we’ve got to report it, because it is our duty to try and save the life of the man regardless of whether we agree with him or not—he’s our brother, and [Michele Obama] is our sister, and those children are our daughters. And I beg you, President Obama, stand up for justice and the American people, and don’t send these children to war for the sake of Israel.”
Seizing on Beck's use of the phrase "clear and present danger," Muhammad called it "coded language" that is "a call for the U.S. government to target and destroy the Nation of Islam, and in particular assassinate Minister Farrakhan."
Continuing to defend Farrakhan's speech, Muhammad said the leader had explicitly warned Muslims against attacking Americans:
"[Farrakhan:]...Just think about the crap that America's doing to Muslims and we’re dumb enough to fit in the pattern. You want to bomb a synagogue, you stupid thing! What can you do with a synagogue when God is present? Let me tell you what He's doing and what He's going to do that makes your punk stuff like nothing. Sit down in the Mosque and pray, and go on and do the work of Allah, and leave Allah to kill whoever He wants to kill.” These are not the words of a man that is a clear and present danger to the country.
"We will not allow such vicious assaults on Minister Farrakhan, a man whose prescient and consistent warnings could save this country," Muhammad said. "We will and must continue to respond to 'anti-Farrakhan' attacks. He deserves and has earned the right to be defended."