From: Michael M. Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul> Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:20:18 -0500 Archived: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:57:45 -0500 Subject: Re: UFO Discussion In Chicago This Weekend >From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:44:35 -0300 >Subject: Re: UFO Discussion In Chicago This Weekend >Dear Don and Listers >I perfectly understand your surprise. I believe that it is the >same that many people in the UFO community had. >What the hell does Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam want >with UFOs and us, UFO researchers and speakers, at their >convention? Well, that question also came to my mind immediately >when I got the invitation, via Jaime Maussan. I even considered >not coming, fearing that the nature of this gathering would be >religious and/or political. That issue bothered me quite a lot >for some time, when I though, well, why not give it a try? I >then decided to get deep into this and see what can come up from >this surprise. >I read everythuing I could on Mr. Farrakhan and the NOI, which >are barely known in Brazil, and realized two things. First, that >there is an enormous amount of polemics involving them, and this >is perfectly natural. Second, that the man is largely recognized >for achieving what he seeks. After a few consultations with >friends in Brazil and abroad, specially those in USA, who know >Mr. Farrakhan and the NOI better then I did (some actually >didn't like any of those), I decided to come. And I can say at >this point that I do not regret. <snip> >Quite frankly, I believe that Mr. Farrakhan is a man of his >word, and being as powerfull as he is, including being friend >with Obama, I sincerelly believe that his support to the UFO >subject and our activist intentions towards a total openning of >the subject, even considering the polemics around him and NOI, >is substantial and can make a real difference. There is more to >come today when the NOI annual convention is closed. Louis >Farrakhan is expected to do new strong declarations. While I applaud Mr. Farrakhan's efforts to bring publicity to the subject of UFOs, I am surprised your investigation of his polemics didn't alert you to his deeply racist, anti-Semtic, and homophobic public rhetoric. In fact, the Nation of Islam is categorized as a hate group by the respected Southern Poverty Law Center: http://tinyurl.com/5s4x573 Farrakhan has been implicated, but never charged, in the assassination of Malcolm X, who had turned against what he called the NOI's "sickness and madness" and sought a more peaceful and racially inclusive form of Islam. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned about the doctrine of black supremacy taught by Elijah Muhammad, Farrakhan's predecessor. Some choice quotes from the Minister, who regularly disparages Judaism as a "dirty religion": "[T]he Jews don't like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that's a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn't a great man for me as a black person, but he was a great German. Now, I'm not proud of Hitler's evils against Jewish people, but that's a matter of record. He raised Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there's a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing." - Louis Farrakhan, radio interview, March 11, 1984 "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. =85 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 This further illuminates the rather bizarre linking of Ufology and hate groups, as I pointed out in my comments about Jeff Rense (which, thankfully, a few people apparently read and found worthy of a reply, despite its lack of mention of women's undergarments, MPD, or abduction research). If Ufologists continue to join flagrant racists like Rense and Farrakhan - essentially legitimizing their platforms - it will forever be relegated to the historic and scientific rubbish heap. I have to ask of the Ufologists who spoke at the NOI gathering or who appear on Rense - is it really worth the audience of thousands or millions to share a venue with men who openly admire Hitler and demonize Jews, gays, and people with an unapproved skin color? Are you all really that desperate? If so, shame on you. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael M. Hughes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - http://michaelmhughes.com http://www.facebook.com/michaelmhughes http://twitter.com/michaelmhughes Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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