Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has condemned Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan for labeling some Jews as “satanic” during an address at the St. Sabina Church on the city’s south side last Thursday.
In a statement released by his office on Friday, Cupich said he was not informed by The Rev. Michael Pfleger that Farrakhan, who was recently banned from Facebook, would be allowed to speak at the predominantly black parish.
“Without consulting me, Fr. Michael Pfleger invited Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at St. Sabina Church in response to Facebook’s decision to ban him from its platforms. Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children. Instead, he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander,” Cupich said.
“He suggested that ‘Talmudic thought’ sanctioned pedophilia and misogyny. He referred to Jewish people as ‘satanic,’ asserting that he was sent by God to separate the ‘good Jews’ from the ‘satanic Jews,’” he noted.
Farrakhan, 86, declared at one point during his speech: “I’m here to separate the good Jews from the satanic Jews.”
Farrakhan, who had been invited by Pfleger to respond to his ban by Facebook, wasted no time in defending himself from what he described as an unwarranted attack on his freedom of expression.
“This is just the beginning. Banning me from a social platform? I used that platform with respect. I never allowed those who follow me to become vile as those who speak evil of us. So I am dangerous, not to you, unless you feel that Fr. Pfleger’s invitation to me may hurt St. Sabina,” he told the congregation.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair