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Old 05-10-2019, 03:14 AM
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Default Chicago Catholic church hosted Farrakhan for an anti-Facebook speech, IL Holocaust Museum cries

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/09/us/fa...rch/index.html

A Catholic church hosted Louis Farrakhan for an anti-Facebook speech. At least one Jewish group was not happy about it

Updated 4:22 AM ET, Fri May 10, 2019

(CNN)One week after Facebook banned Minister Louis Farrakhan and others for promoting "violence and hate," the Nation of Islam leader insists that he is not a hateful person.
Farrakhan told those at Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago on Thursday that he is "a hated man today."

"Saturday, God willing, I'll be 86 years old. I have never been arrested, no drunken driving," he said. "What have I done that you would hate me like that?"
Pointing to his mouth, Farrakhan said: "It's this that they fear. I don't have no army. I just know the truth. And I'm here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews."

The Nation of Islam billed Farrakhan's speech as a response to the "public outrage over the unprecedented and unwarranted lifetime ban." The church's invitation to Farrakhan drew sharp rebuke from the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The organization criticized the church, saying the speech would provide a "platform for bigotry."

Facebook owns Instagram and its ban applies to both social media platforms.
Saint Sabina live-streamed Farrakhan's speech on its website and Facebook page, despite the ban on the controversial leader.
Farrakhan said he used the social media platform "with respect." "I never allow those who follow me to become vile as those who speak evil of us," he said.
Farrakhan denied being misogynistic and homophobic. He said, "The white people who think I'm a hater," don't know him.
"You've never had a conversation with me, but somebody made you hate me. But after you got acquainted with me, the hate began to be diminished and then you began listening. And after you began listening, your hate began to turn to love," he said.
Nearing the end of his address, Farrakhan said: "I have not said one word of hate. I do not hate Jewish people."
"No one that is with me has ever committed a crime against the Jewish people, black people, white people, no matter what your color is."

Before the speech, Ishmael Muhammad, an aide to Farrakhan said: "This unjust sanction deprives the American public and others of the basic right to know.
"It is an abridgement of free speech in a country that presents itself as a democracy and does no public good," he said.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of Saint Sabina, said he has known and worked with Farrakhan for 30 years and has denounced Facebook for banning the controversial leader.
"This is a free-speech issue," Pfleger told CNN. "I don't agree with everything Minister Farrakhan has said. I don't agree with anyone on everything, but we are in a dangerous time when we can no longer have dialogue without demonizing one another."
Before the address, Flager said: Farrakhan "has been a bold voice against injustice done against black people in this country and his voice deserves and needs to be heard."
Some groups are pushing back on Farrakhan's appearance
But one local Jewish-led organization is blasting Saint Sabina for hosting Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic statements.
"The Holocaust started with hatred and prejudice," said Fritzie Fritzshall, an Auschwitz survivor and president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois. The museum is holding a press conference Thursday to protest Saint Sabina's decision to host Farrakhan.

"When community leaders like Father Pfleger provide a platform for bigotry and anti-Semitism, it increases the threat against all of humanity," Fritzshall said.
Phil Andrew, the Archdiocese of Chicago's director of violence prevention, was expected to be among those at the Illinois Holocaust Museum denouncing Saint Sabina for hosting Farrakhan, according to a museum spokesman.
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