Democratic Rep. John Conyers attended Minister Louis Farrakhan’s latest sermon, but has since apologized for the “minister’s” blatantly homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. In response to highlights produced by the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations that condemned Farrakhan’s hateful statements, Conyers decided to fess up, explaining that he regretted attending the sermon.
Controversy is effective in bringing the bureaucrats out of the woods. Farrakhan’s speech included language such as the “Synagogue of Satan,” calling his religious opponents “Satanic Jews” and generally berating the Jewish religion.
About a week following his attendance, Conyers is now renouncing the religious leader’s “racist” and anti-Semitic rhetoric. He released a statement on Thursday, condemning Farrakhan’s “homophobic” and highly inappropriate remarks. Reported by the Detroit Free Press, here reads Conyers’ statement, in part:
Farrakhan made unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements, which I condemn in the strongest terms. It was my expectation that Minister Farrakhan’s speech would center on the many challenges facing the city of Detroit. Previously, he had discussed efforts to revitalize our city by purchasing property and investing in blighted neighborhoods. Regrettably, he used this opportunity to promote views that have no place in civilized discourse.
The fact that Minister Farrakhan has engaged in important charitable work aimed at expanding economic opportunities for underserved communities does not excuse these statements. I sincerely offer my apologies to my constituents and others who also may have been offended by the minister’s words.”
Evidently, the Michigan Democrat consistently nodded in agreement during large portions of the speech. Naturally, he is not ashamed at his attendance, considering he waited a week (and only after it had stirred controversy) to come clean.
Does agreeing with a racist make you a racist? I’d say so.