Your tax dollars at work: Federal money going to Louis Farrakhan for religious study programs

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Ladies and Gentleman, your tax dollars at work! Our federal government has been paying the Nation Of Islam led by Louis Farrakhan to teach religious study programs in federal prisons.  Per the Washington Examiner, “the Nation of Islam and its leaders have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government since 2008… Its leaders have received at least $364,500 in contracts and awards from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2019.

The funding was designed to provide “Nation of Islam religious services,” “Nation of Islam spiritual guide services,” “Nation of Islam study services,” and other related programming led by the organization’s leaders, according to Bureau of Prison records.

Knowing what a scumbag Farrakhan has been, It’s frightening to think what his people might be teaching federal prisoners, perhaps one of these:

  • Molotov cocktails After a grand jury correctly cleared the police officer involved in a Ferguson, Mo incident, Farrakhan called for parents to teach their children how to throw Molotov cocktails and demonstrated himself how to do so.
  • US Government Crimes In 2014 Farrakhan claimed he had a national security memo dated April 24, 1974, titled, “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for the United States Security and Overseas Interest,” Henry Kissinger, the Secretary of State under George Herbert Walker Bush.  According to Farrakhan, the memo stated that America needed to fight overpopulation, so they had the CIA invent Ebola to kill off Black people.
  • Olfaction In 2011, the Pastor of Putrid Hatred compared life in the US to life in Gaddafi’s Libya. According to Farrakhan, Libya had no poverty or homelessness. But as for America, “Your Record America Stinks In The Eyes of God”
  • Jews: “These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. … It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!”— Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Feb. 26, 2006
  • His own brand of Patriotism: During as November 2018 speech in Iran celebrating the 39th anniversary of 1979 US embassy takeover Farakahn led chants of “Death to America” and “Death To Israel.”

These are just some of the lessons the federal government is paying Farrakhan to teach prisoners.

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was not happy when he learned about the funding:

New York Republican Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told the Washington Examiner the funding was “beyond the pale.”

He said: “Categorically, no group or entity or individual associated any way with Farrakhan or the Nation of Islam should receive any federal funding. What Farrakhan preaches is hatred and anti-Semitism and racism, and to use any federal money for any group that’s he’s involved with that do any type of teaching or proselytizing is just wrong.”

King added “Since there have been too many instances of radicalization occurring in prisons, that, to me, is a public concern as to what is being taught. To me, once you’re associated with Farrakhan, that, to me, would end the vetting right away.”

Apparently, a 2003 court ruling said based on the First Amendment federal prisons couldn’t ban Nation Of Islam reading materials from their premises, But the Judge didn’t rule that the government had to pay for the reading materials and/or pay Farrakhan’s hate group to teach in the prisons.

The Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday declined to provide any details about the contracts, including what year they began and what Nation of Islam reading materials were used for the program. “Contracts are retained six years after final payment, so we are not able to provide details regarding the original contract on which the Nation of Islam began contracting with the Bureau of Prisons,” said a spokesperson.

The spokesperson cited a regulation that federal correctional institutions “may contract with representatives of faith groups in the community to provide specific religious services which the chaplain cannot personally deliver due to, ordinarily, religious prescriptions or ecclesiastical constraints to which the chaplain adheres.”

While declining to comment on what the Nation of Islam provided to prisoners, the bureau cited a federal statute that said religious materials must “be previewed by [Bureau of Prison] staff, or any other staff-designated volunteers, prior to distribution” and “materials shall not denigrate or disparage any other religion or religious groups.”

Raise your hand if you believe the materials were adequately vetted.  I didn’t think so.

Farrakhan has implored his followers not to accept money from the U.S. government, saying in a Dec. 14, 2013, statement: “If they offer you anything, look carefully into it, lest the Nation will no longer be tied to the principles that the Hon. Elijah Muhammad desired for us: to make us an independent nation on some of this Earth that we can call our own.”

As with almost everything else, Farrakhan is a hypocrite as well as a hater. Giving the Nation of Islam money is A-Okay with the Democrats, but a wall system to protect our southern border is bad.  What are these people thinking?

Cross-posted with The Lid

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