Good grief! A Catholic priest has taken up the fight of getting the notorious antisemite, Louis Farrakhan, back on social media? Apparently, the disgruntled priest is upset that Farrakhan’s violent rhetoric and racist comments have gotten him thrown off of Facebook.
Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke at Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church Thursday evening to protest Facebook’s ban on the minister.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger invited the longtime leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam to attend and respond to what he calls “an outrage.”
Facebook banned Farrakhan, as well as conservative figures like Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopolous, for what Facebook considers hate speech.
Organizers streamed the 7 p.m. rally online and on Facebook Live. Pfleger said the rally was about free speech and said Farrakhan’s voice needed to be heard. Supporters were encouraged to share the video of the event, which was not taken down Thursday evening.
Transcript By Patheos:
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.”
“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.