CHICAGO (Christian Examiner) – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has issued a second forceful warning for black ministers in Christian churches who refuse to support his "Justice, or Else!" movement after he called for exercising the Quran's law of retaliation against whites and the government during an address at a Miami church in July.
In a series of interview videos posted to his Facebook page, after which he solicits donations and support for his upcoming gathering on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10, Farrakhan says the ministers who have closed their doors to him are failing their communities and him.
"I have to say this. All of you know what you have done to me," Farrakhan says with his voice raised in the video.
"All of you know what you say behind the door to your followers concerning me. But it's my day now. Be careful, because the very people that I'm teaching that follow you will turn on you because they know that I'm a sincere man who is unafraid of this enemy, and I will speak the truth and die on it to see our people free. What about you?"
In July, Farrakhan said at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Miami that "retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breasts of those who children have been slain."
He then said he needed 10,000 "fearless men" to come forward and die, if necessary, to free the black community from the hand of its oppressors.
All of you know what you have done to me. All of you know what you say behind the door to your followers concerning me. But it's my day now. Be careful, because the very people that I'm teaching that follow you will turn on you because they know that I'm a sincere man who is unafraid of this enemy, and I will speak the truth and die on it to see our people free. What about you?
"If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling," Farrakhan said.
After nearly two weeks of negative publicity about the comments, Farrakhan redefined the purpose of the 10,000 fearless men he called for, arguing they were meant to go into black communities and stand between the gangs destroying black lives. That explanation did not satisfy most critics, who noted that Farrakhan called for the warriors to satisfy the law of retribution on the government and, according to the context of his remarks, on whites.
As a result, several churches in Charleston, S.C., a community still recovering from the murder of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June, disinvited Farrakhan.
In a speech at a Cleveland church Sept. 3, Farrakhan claimed (at 1 hour, 27 minutes into the video linked here) he was "supposed to speak at Mother Emanuel, but they rejected me. And then we went to another church to speak and they rejected me as well. Went to three churches and then one church was willing to let me come, but they said, 'You got to sign a paper that you not gonna say nothing controversial. I wonder, the poor bishop, who he had to bring the paper to. See, if God calls you, what do you gotta go to the white man and get a license for?"
Farrakhan accused black ministers who canceled his appearances of being "tied to the ungodly" – or white people, who are not part of God's original creation. The Nation of Islam teaches white people were created by an evil black scientist named "Yakkub," who produced genetically inferior, white skinned babies on the isle of Patmos 6,600 years ago.
In another video posted on his Facebook page, Farrkhan also criticized the parishioners of Emanuel AME Church for not acting decisively to kill the gunman who opened fire on them.
"The Christian believers who were slaughtered by a snake who let in to be a partaker of their love, their goodness, their love of God in Christ, and after sitting with them, feeling the love and joy in their hearts and their kindness toward a stranger, he pulled out his weapon and shot them down in cold blood, then reloaded, then shot some more than reloaded again, I say brothers and sisters, by the time he reloaded the first time we should have been on him like the white that is on his skin," Farrakhan said.
"See, but you don't think like that's what you should do. You don't think you should fight and kill those who are trying to kill you. Well, let him come to the mosque then. We'll show you what to do. In fact, he wouldn't get in because we search everybody that come in our house, and all my Christian family, you should start searching people. Let us show you how to do it. We need to make men out of the men in the church and make you truly soldiers for Jesus Christ. If you talk about Christian soldiers and you don't know how to soldier, then you need to call us. We'll be there to help you in every way we can to help every Christian man and Christian woman a warrior for righteousness."
Farrakhan also said in a video segment that he was going to put a program before Congress to deliver black people "from the tyranny of our open enemy." He has repeatedly called for black people to be given their own land within the United States where they can separate from whites. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classifies Farrakhan as a hate preacher and black separatist.
"Louis Farrakhan heads the Nation of Islam, a group he has led since 1977 and that is based on a somewhat bizarre and fundamentally anti-white theology. Farrakhan is an anti-Semite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power," the SPLC website reads.
True to form, Farrakhan also lashed out at the Jews in his newest video on Facebook.
"The Jewish people that don't like me, you don't have a ladder tall enough to get you up to the heaven where my blessings come from. So you gonna have to sit on the sidelines and watch, and if you make the mistake – I'm warning you and the government – if you make a mistake thinking you can do to me and us what you have done to others, I welcome you. Come on with it, and I will show you the power of a God that will take you out and take your country and give it to whom he pleases," Farrakhan said.