Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan praised Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in a speech on Sunday, and warned that the popular uprisings shaking the Middle East will soon find their way to American shores.
“What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door,” Farrakhan told a cheering crowd of thousands.
He added: “I hope that President Obama will remember his instructions to all nations — be careful how you attack and kill innocent people who are protesting. Take your own words into your bosom and be reminded when it comes to your home.”
During his address to the annual Saviour’s Day rally in Chicago, Farrakhan said he would not distance himself from his friend Gadhafi and that if Gadhafi is prosecuted for crimes against humanity former President George W. Bush should be as well.
Farrakhan also said he had been spending time at Scientology’s “Celebrity Center” in Los Angeles and was impressed by their “auditing” program. “L. Ron Hubbard is so exceedingly valuable to every Caucasian person on this earth,” he said. “L. Ron Hubbard himself was and is trying to civilize white people and make them better human beings and take away from them their reactive minds… Mr. Hubbard recognized that his people have to be civilized.”
While praising Gadhafi and Hubbard, Farrakhan reserved some harsh words for pop music star Rhianna, calling her performances “filthy” and her fans “swine.”
Throughout a speech lasting four hours, Farrakhan also touched on the Nation of Islam’s beliefs concerning UFOs, the invention of white people by a mad black scientist 4,000 years ago, and the Jewish oppression of African-Americans.
“Don’t leave until I close — that might be a year from now,” he joked with the audience at one point. “Teach on!” the crowd replied.
Farrakhan won the Libyan dictator’s Al-Gadhafi International Prize for Human Rights in 1996. Previous winners include Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.