Farrakhan refers to ‘Satanic Jews’ while denying he’s antisemitic
Chicago – Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced “Satanic Jews” in a speech denying allegations of antisemitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform.
During the speech Thursday at a Roman Catholic church on Chicago’s South Side, Farrakhan asserted people shouldn’t be angry with him if “I stand on God’s word,” and said that he separates “the good Jews from the Satanic Jews.”
Farrakhan was invited to speak at the church by the Rev. Michael Pfleger after Facebook banned Farrakhan, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and conservative personality Milo Yiannopoulos, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.”
Farrakhan, who turns 86 this weekend, said those who think he is a hater don’t know him and have never had a conversation with him. He added those who hated him before and got to know him came to love him. He went on to say Facebook’s contention that he is dangerous is true because what he says can be researched by his listeners.
“Social media you met me tonight. I plead with the rulers, let the truth be taught,” he said.
The Archdiocese of Chicago distanced itself from Pfleger’s decision to invite Farrakhan to St. Sabina Catholic Church, saying Pfleger did not consult with Cardinal Blase Cupich or other diocese officials before extending the invitation.
“There is no place in American life for discriminatory rhetoric of any kind,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “At a time when hate crimes are on the rise, when religious believers are murdered in their places of worship, we cannot countenance any speech that dehumanizes persons on the basis of ethnicity, religious belief, economic status or country of origin.”