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Farrakhan shouldn't be given the time of day

Why does anyone take this man seriously, other than as a hate monger? He’s no better than Don Wildmon, Dobson, or the rest of those clowns, yet too many black politicians give Louis Farrakhan legitimacy that he doesn’t deserve in the slightest. (Guardian):

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad, director of community outreach for the Nation of Islam, was named to the Governor’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes in August. Her presence was unknown to most people – including Gov. Rod Blagojevich – until last month, when she invited members of the commission to attend a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

In the speech, Farrakhan accused “Hollywood Jews” of “promoting lesbianism, homosexuality” and other “filth.” That angered some commission members who publicly complained Muhammad’s work for Farrakhan clashed with the panel’s goals.

Blagojevich said he did not know he had appointed Muhammad and wished his staff had discussed it with him. His office would not comment on the controversy except to say the governor had accepted Nasatir’s resignation. He quickly filled the vacancy with Rep. Lou Lang, but did not return repeated calls seeking comment on the resignations.

Lang, a Democrat and leader in the Jewish caucus, was among some lawmakers who called for Muhammad to denounce Farrakhan’s comments, but he said he will give her the benefit of the doubt.

You’ll recall that Farrakhan was voted BET’s 2005 Person of the Year, which his NOI folks crowed about. He’s part of the reason it was necessary to have a conference on homophobia in the black community.

If this anti-Semitic homophobe can be held up as a model of what the best the black community has to offer in terms of leadership, it’s a sad state of affairs indeed.

Farrakhan chose as his head co-organizer of the Millions More March, the esteemed Rev. Willie “Lesbians are taking over” Wilson, who was responsible for banning National Black Justice Coalition’s Keith Boykin from the stage at the event. That says it all, doesn’t it?

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Our friend Queen LaBarbera had to add his two cents in, making sure to get the focus back on homosexuality.

Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter LaBarbera today called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to remove homosexual activist Rick Garcia from the state’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes — citing Garcia’s disturbing record of smearing religious-based groups and leaders who follow traditional teachings on sex and marriage.

With all the media attention on Louis Farrakhan adviser Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad’s appointment to the anti-bias Commission — following a Farrakhan speech that was widely regarded as anti-Semitic — LaBarbera said it is equally valid to focus attention on Garcia, who routinely castigates advocates of traditional Christianity and marriage as haters and “bigots.”

Garcia, political director of the homosexual group Equality Illinois, has sat on the Commission for several years. His name-calling and disrespect toward opposing viewpoints would seem to be at odds with the stated purposes of the Commission, created by Gov. George Ryan in 1999: “to educate and foster acceptance and tolerance.”

Many traditionalists have felt the sting of Garcia’s Barbs — including fellow Catholics who, unlike him, adhere to historic Church teachings on sexual morality, including that homosexual behavior is “intrinsically disordered,” sinful behavior. Last year, Garcia said Cardinal Francis George was “worse than Fred Phelps (of “God Hates Fags” notoriety), who is at least honest about his bigotry.”

“Equating time-honored Judeo-Christian teachings with hate and bigotry is itself an act of bigotry,” LaBarbera said. “Defending morality is not prejudice, and there is nothing hateful about protecting traditional marriage.”

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