Raphael Warnock makes his second appearance as Ass of the Week. This time, Warnock wins the prize for his praise of Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Fox News reports:
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock referred to the Nation of Islam as an “important” voice for African Americans during a 2013 speech in which he was comparing the Black power religion’s numbers to “mainline Protestantism.”
Warnock made the comments in response to an audience member who asked the reverend to discuss the Nation of Islam’s relationship to Christian churches, and whether the “Black church” is having the same attendance problems of “mainstream White churches and synagogues.”
The Nation preached a message of Black empowerment and became one of the wealthiest African American organizations in the United States.
But the Nation’s message of Black empowerment has been overshadowed by some of its more bizarre theological teachings that hold Jews as “satanic” and prohibits race-mixing. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that frequently targets conservative groups, has labeled the Nation of Islam as a “hate group.”
For more than 40 years, the Nation has been led by Louis Farrakhan, who has stoked endless controversy for his incendiary remarks, particularly his attacks on Jews, whom he has referred to as “satanic” and “termites.”
That’s why Raphael Warnock is the Ass of the Week, again.