The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing Louis Farrakhan for delivering blatantly anti-Semitic statements, using terms such as “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan,” during a speech at a Detroit church last week. The Jewish group is also asking why public figures who attended the Nation of Islam leader’s event have remained silent.
According to the ADL and the Detroit Free Press, those present at the May 17th Fellowship Chapel event included the church’s leader, Rev. Wendell Anthony, who also serves as President of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Conyers and Watson nodded in agreement during some of Farrakhan’s remarks”; however, the paper did not specify during which parts of the speech they nodded.
The ADL provided the following details about the speech, which included classic anti-Semitic characterizations of Jews’ allegedly being engaged in conspiratorial efforts at world domination (typical of many Farrakhan speeches):
Farrakhan referred to “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan” controlling America’s government and other sectors, reportedly stating that President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan…members of the Jewish community.”
Farrakhan also said that the Jewish people “have mastered the civilization now, but they’ve mastered it in evil… Who’s the owner of Hollywood that creates images and makes the people think that what is created on the screen is the way we should live? That’s Satan…Satan has devoured much of humanity.”
“The people that own Hollywood,” Farrakhan added, are “the same people that control your press, the same people that control your media, the same people who are the publishers the same people who are the distributors, the same Synagogue of Satan, and they put you before the world in this disgraceful matter.”
The Detroit Free Press led its report on the church speech with Farrakhan’s allegation that former Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, would have been treated more forgivingly had he been white. Farrakhan said he planned to visit Kilpatrick in prison over the weekend.
The paper quoted Farrakhan as saying that while white politicians are also often found to be corrupt, “they hide their crap under the rug” and protect each other.
“But anything (blacks) do, (whites) expose to destroy your love and confidence in one another.”
Referring to Kilpatrick’s prosecutions, Farrakhan said, “The enemy that charged him is a liar from the beginning.”
The Detroit Free Press reported that during the speech, “Farrakhan attacked fast-food restaurants, white images of Jesus Christ, gay marriage, and black-on-black violence in cities like Detroit.”
He also used the opportunity to push his idea that African-Americans pool their resources in order to purchase property in Detroit, and thus save the city.
"Arabs got money, they're buying,” he said according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Our Mexican families buying. You, who are the majority population, you're not buying,” he added.
The ADL compiled some of the praise that was heaped on Farrakhan, as reported in the Nation of Islam’s Newspaper The Final Call. That praise reportedly included:
Rev. Horace Sheffield, III of the New Destiny Baptist Church said, “We need someone to give us direction. I believe we have a leader here that can organize us.”
Sheffield also added, “They want to silence people who tell us the truth, and we know why this is happening and who is doing it, but we need some help with how to overcome it.”
Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church stated that Farrakhan’s message was “impactful,” “timely,” and left him “inspired.”
While TheBlaze was unable to find video of Farrakhan’s controversial statements at the Fellowship Chapel, video can be found here of his appearance at the Detroit City Council on the same day, at which he is greeted by a standing ovation.