Louis Farrakhan hasn’t yet gotten himself banned from social media, which is a source of minor amazement to me. The Nation of Islam leader is arguably America’s most famous anti-Semite and we don’t see Twitter doing anything about moving him along or suspending his account.
Meanwhile, James Woods tweeted one joke meme about the Democrats and he got locked out of his account until it was deleted. Lovely.
If that wasn’t enough to make you queasy, consider the fact that Farrakhan’s bizarre, cult-like group is making an alliance with another bizarre, cult-like group, Scientology. Former Scientologist and “King of Queens” star Leah Remini examined this interesting relationship on the Dec. 11 episode of her A&E documentary series, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
The Daily Wire reports that before she left the group in 2013, Remini says she was called upon to make a rapprochement with the Nation of Islam.
“I was approached by Scientology to bridge the gap between (the organization) and the black community. And I wanted to do that. I had no idea what the Nation of Islam was,” she said. “Again, I don’t want to excuse myself because I should have done my due diligence, but I honestly was a Scientologist, and we were not questioning what our church was asking us to do.”
Scientology, rather unsurprisingly, issued a statement condemning Remini for her take on the alliance, accusing her of “spreading bigotry” in a manner that might incite violence. The group also went for the reductio ad Hitlerum argument, accusing her of fostering an environment like Germany’s in the 1930s.
Remini had a one-word rejoinder for the litigious folks at the Church of Scientology: “Really?”
Check it out here:
— A&E Network (@AETV) December 11, 2018
As for the Nation of Islam, Remini had a bit more to say to them on her documentary series, after playing a response from Farrakhan, delivered as part of a speech.
“I know that this is the time that they’re making an all-out move to destroy Scientology. But what I’d ask Mrs. Remi (sic), or whatever her name is, she’s going in hard,” Farrakhan said.
“She’s hurt by something. I know a lot of Muslims that’s hurt, hurt because they came in looking for something, but didn’t necessarily find what they were looking for, and walked away. And when you walked away, where did you go? What did you do? How did you gain? What did you lose?”
Remini’s reply was as heartfelt as it was devastating.
“Mr. Farrakhan, you’ve mentioned me in one of your speeches, and I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the questions that you have asked,” she said, according to The Daily Wire.
“No one’s trying to take Scientology down for reasons that are unwarranted, and once you are in Scientology for a good 35, 45 years, maybe then ask these kinds of questions.
“And you should ask these types of questions to the families who have been destroyed, who don’t see their sons and daughters because Scientology has brainwashed them into believing that they should not talk to their own mother and father, or that a mother or a father should disown their own children because of their beliefs in Scientology,” she continued.
“So, when you go to sleep at night crying because you don’t have your daughter or your son or your mom, or your children have never met their grandparents because they believe in Scientology more than family, that’s when you can start questioning people, and why and how they have been hurt, because they have been hurt deeply.”
Remini finished the clip by schooling Farrakhan in how to pronounce her name.
To be honest, Farrakhan’s speech was hardly a surprise. First, why would there be a surprise that the Nation of Islam might embrace Scientology? What scruples does the NOI have?
Their primary figurehead is a man who has recently gained infamy for calling Jewish people “termites.” The true scandal is that’s hardly the worst thing he’s said about them — and that he still retains plenty of support in the Democratic Party. Readers might remember a picture of Farrakhan with a particularly popular Democratic leader taken back in 2005 but deliberately suppressed from being seen by the public.
Obama with Louis Farrakhan who is very very openly anti-semite is called Jewish people termites pic.twitter.com/p6NmK8rrD7
— Riddla (@Riddla19) December 14, 2018
So, good on Leah Remini for standing up to Farrakhan and his supporters.
As for Farrakhan, if a temporal entente with Thetan-auditors increases his reach, well, go for it. It doesn’t erase the fact that Farrakhan is one of the great bigots and frauds of our era. At least on the last account, it makes a fitting alliance.
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