On Sunday last (2/24/08) Barak Obama received a glowing endorsement that is likely to loose him a few votes in November. The endorser was Louis Farrakhan, the acknowledged leader (“Minister”) of The Nation of Islam. Why is an endorsement by Farrakhan a bad thing? Simply because Farrakhan is considered by many to be a racist and a homophobe and is clearly, proudly and loudly an anti-Semite.
On Sunday, Farrakhan went on for over one hour praising Obama as “the hope of the entire world” and stated that the U.S. will change for the better if Obama is its next president. Farrakhan is, of course, a Moslem and one may question just how, in Farrakhan’s view the U.S. will be better. Is he suggesting that Obama will not continue fighting radical elements in Islam or perhaps he means that under a President Obama, the U.S will abandon its support for Israel.
Farrakhan also compared Obama to the Nation of Islam’s original founder, Fard Muhammad saying:
“A black man with a white mother became a savior to us. A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall.”
The pastor of Barack Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is Jeremiah Wright, Junior; and Pastor Wright is apparently a big fan of Farrakhan — that is also haunting Obama’s campaign. The church magazine recently honored Farrakhan, calling him:
‘one of the giants of the African-American religious experience in the 20th and 21st centuries’. His love for Africa and African-American people has made him an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change, and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose.’
Barack Obama, however is NOT a big fan of Farrakhan in spite of how his mentor and sounding board, Paster Wright, feels about Farrakhan. During a conference call with Jewish leaders last month, Obama clearly and vehemently denounced Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic views as “reprehensible.” Not everyone is aware of his original denouncement however, so we had another one today through an Obama spokesman, Bill Burton, who said:
“Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan’s past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister’s support.”
Obviously, Louis Farrikhan was not doing Barack Obama a favor, in the eyes of the American voting public, by praising him and I can’t believe that Farrakhan is so naive that he believes his endorsement would do anything other than stab Obama in the back.
Is that then what this was all about? Is this Farrakhan’s revenge for Obama’s denunciation and his rejection of Farrakhan’s views and positions?
Some of you might jump to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton or her campaign staff had something to do with this! Hilliary is mean and will stoop to almost any dirty trick to win the presidency; but this?
Associated Press: A spry Farrakhan sings Obama’s praises
NewsMax: Obama’s Minister Honored Farrakhan
Boston Globe: Obama distances himself from Farrakhan
Freedom Eden: Barack Obama and Louis Farrakhan
Obama Who?: Who is Obama’s endorser Louis Farrakhan ?