Who Stands For Hate And Who Doesn’t

Written by Bill Thomas on November 7, 2018

On November 5, 2018 Fox News reported that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who recently compared Jewish people to termites, led a “Death to America” chant during a solidarity trip to Iran. Farrakhan’s trip came ahead of the Trump administration’s re-implementation of U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic on Monday. Farrakhan was speaking to law school students at the University of Tehran when he said, “America has never been a democracy.” In the same talk, he referred to the United States as “the great Satan,” and at the conclusion of his speech, he led a “Death to Israel” chant, according to Iranian news agencies.

This outburst is nothing new for Farrakhan. He has a history of anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Christian remarks and outbursts. He’s a person from which national Democrats do all they can to avoid and hide. At a Congressional Black Caucus lunch in 2005, Minister Farrakhan took a photo with the junior senator from Illinois, Barack H. Obama. That photo was kept from the public for thirteen years. The photographer reported to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “I swore myself to secrecy. If the picture was exposed, it could still be a deal breaker for Obama.” Earlier this year Farrakhan was given a seat of honor on the pulpit at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. He was flanked by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former President Bill Clinton, and MSNBC commentator and activist Al Sharpton. ABC News, MSNBC and other major news outlets cropped Farrakhan from the picture. The Washington Times noted the reason, “It was clearly a deliberate choice to keep Farrakhan from the image thus protecting Democratic Party elder statesmen Clinton, Jackson, and Sharpton from being directly associated with the controversial hate-monger.”

What is Farrakhan’s background? In 1955, Louis Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam, an African-American movement and organization rooted in elements of traditional Islam and black nationalism. During Jesse Jackson’s bid for the presidency in 1988, Farrakhan, supporting Jackson, praised Adolf Hitler, calling him “a very great man.” Farrakhan once told a group of students at an historically black college, ““You are not now, nor have you ever been a citizen of America. You are a slave to white America.” Farrakhan has also expressed his feeling about America in many speeches. He said of the U.S., “My god will wipe this country (America) from the face of the earth.” His anti-Christian feelings are also evident. In a recent speech he stated that “Jesus was a Muslim, not a Christian.”

Louis Farrakhan seems to be one of those controversial figures that sensible leaders would denounce. Not so with the Democrat party. In October of this year Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis defended Farrakhan. He called him an “outstanding human being.” The Daily Caller reported in February of 2018, “Representative Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam Convention where Louis Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers.” From the podium, Farrakhan told the audience, “We have Maxine Waters here; our great congresswoman from this area.”

The Hill also reported, “Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison led the public to believe that his relationship with Farrakhan ended in 2006. In fact, Ellison attended multiple meetings with Farrakhan during his time in Congress.”

Some Democrat leaders have distanced themselves from Farrakhan’s comments, but many remain silent. The fact that he appeared this year, at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, with prominent progressive leaders suggests they have not totally abandoned him.

Though constant drum beat from the media is that the Republicans and President Trump are the part of hate and division, it is the Democrat tent that seems to be large enough to encompass those who promote hate and division. As I write this, the midterm election is occurring. I am hopeful that a red wave is about to break across the country. Perhaps the Republicans will increase their hold on the Senate and maintain control of the House. Maybe the result will be a split decision with the Republicans holding the Senate and the Democrats taking the House. As you read this, you’ll know. Whatever the outcome today, though, one thing remains abundantly clear. Those of us on the right cannot let the media lie about who is the party of hate. President Trump and the Republicans are not that party. If they want to see hate, let them look at the Democrats.

What happened at the Trump rally in Cape Girardeau, MO last night speaks to the heart of Trump supporters. When a woman fainted and needed medical assistance, President Trump stepped away from his microphone and remained silent except to urge the crowd to remain calm and say a prayer. His supporters responded by singing “Amazing Grace.” The image of that still lingers.

The party of “Amazing Grace” or the party of hate. The media has this one wrong. As we head into the rest of this year and look ahead to 2020, let’s make sure the nation knows who stands for hate and who doesn’t.

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.