WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) – From in front of the U.S. Capitol – and behind a wall of bullet-proof glass – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a two-hour, 15-minute screed rebuking the United States for its treatment of the "aboriginal peoples of the earth" during his "Justice, or Else!" rally Oct. 10.
Farrakhan said in the address that America is now under a period of divine judgment, which may be slowed if the United States gives black people their own land and gives them "a good sendoff."
"America is under divine judgment as we speak. Elijah Muhammad taught us, 50 to 60 years ago, of what we were gonna face," Farrakhan said. "And he said there would be four great judgments, rain, unusual rain, snow, unusual snow, earthquakes, hail. And that He would use the forces of nature against America. What you see going on in Charleston, and in South Carolina, it's very serious. They have never seen rain like that at all. How? Why? That's divine judgment."
"When I leave you today, the calamities are going to get stronger, because God wants America to let us go, not integrate us, let us go, and give us a good sendoff. Those of you who are scripturally sound, Moses was not an integrationist, and neither are we. Let me be clear, America has no future for you, or for me. She can't make a future for herself, much less a future for us. The Scripture says, come out of her, my people, and we're going to have to come out, but don't worry. God says He takes the kingdom from whom He pleases, and He gives it to whom he pleases. America, you have a chance to stop the judgment, or delay it. Did you hear what I just said? This judgment can be delayed, but it's a very narrow window of opportunity," he said.
In an often rambling address, the leader of the Nation of Islam – which is not regarded by traditional Muslims as Islamic – said the Bible speaks directly to God's judgment on America. He repeatedly likened blacks in America to the Jews under the oppression of Pharaoh in Egypt in the Bible.
When I leave you today, the calamities are going to get stronger, because God wants America to let us go, not integrate us, let us go, and give us a good sendoff. Those of you who are scripturally sound, Moses was not an integrationist, and neither are we. Let me be clear, America has no future for you, or for me. She can't make a future for herself, much less a future for us. The Scripture says, come out of her, my people, and we're going to have to come out, but don't worry. God says He takes the kingdom from whom He pleases, and He gives it to whom he pleases.
As is common with Farrakhan, he also criticized both Democrats and Republicans for their shortcomings on civil rights. He criticized President Barack Obama for lecturing China on its human rights record and seeking to re-establish a relationship with Cuba, with the assurances that it will work to improve its human rights record.
"As though you don't have no problem in America. We trying to show the world these are problems here. These problems demand resolution. And America don't have the heart to do it," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan said periodically there have been white people in America – such as Thomas Jefferson – who believed blacks should be given their own land. Jefferson, he said, also saw judgment coming on America because of the blight of slavery.
While it is true Jefferson opposed slavery and attempted on numerous occasions to ban it through a gradual process, he also believed blacks should be removed from the United States because, if they remained, the country would almost certainly experience a racial war.
"There are good white people who want to see you free, but the politics of the situation will not allow it to happen," Farrakhan said.
He reserved his harshest criticism for Republicans.
"They are like the pretty girl showing her wares for someone to buy her," Farrakhan said. "Who wants to be a whore?" he asked. "You think people who put their money behind you don't expect something from you?"
He also criticized black Christians for their willingness to forgive those who harm them. In particular, he singled out the black Christians who expressed forgiveness for Dylann Storm Roof, the white gunman who killed nine parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Farrakhan said the forgiveness was because of black Christian's "loving misunderstanding of Jesus Christ."
"What did we say? We forgive you. You don't even allow yourself to grieve naturally. You say, 'Well, Jesus ....' Don't put your cowardice on Jesus. Sure, he said love your enemies. He wasn't talking about loving Satan .... Show me in Scripture where Jesus said we all ought to love Satan, the devil."
"Find me a Jew who forgives Hitler," Farrakhan said. "And you say they the people of God, and they don't have no forgiveness in them. You really need to get acquainted with Jesus."
Farrakhan said the Quran declares that people may forgive, "but God never will."
The "Justice, or Else!" march, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Farrakhan's Million Man March, drew a far smaller crowd than the first march in 1995. During that March two decades ago, National Park Police placed the number of people attending at around 400,000. Farrakhan's group said it was between 800,000 and one million.
The park police no longer provide estimates on the size of crowds at outdoor events on the National Mall.