Report: Government Giving Nation of Islam Money to Teach Prisoners
Rep. Peter King: “Categorically, no group or entity or individual associated any way with Farrakhan or the Nation of Islam should receive any federal funding.”
The Nation of Islam, led by rabid anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, is a hate group. Farrakhan constantly spits out hate towards whites and Jews. The man referred to Jews as termites and hailed Hitler as a great man. He authored the book The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews where he accused Jews of spreading the slavery trade and controlling the global economy.
Farrakhan has even said he thinks the Jews masterminded 9/11.
But for some reason the government has been giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Farrakhan’s hate group since 2008 in order teach religious classes to federal prisoners.
From The Washington Examiner:
A black nationalist group led by Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam preaches that white people are “blue-eyed devils” and Jews are “the synagogue of Satan.” 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. The Nation of Islam has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Why the hell is my tax money going to such a horrid group!?
In 2003, a court ruled that prisons cannot ban reading reading materials from Nation of Islam. But as Mark Potack at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right pointed out, the ruling didn’t say the government HAS to provide funding to the hate group.
The Washington Examiner attempted to receive a statement or details from the Bureau of Prisons, but officials declined any information. They didn’t tell the newspaper “what year they began” or what reading materials Nation of Islam uses:
“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.”
Someone approved the reading materials because “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.'”
Some of the contracts with Nation of Islam received approval in 2017. The hate group received the largest amount of funding in 2012 for about $47,000. Funding has gone down under President Donald Trump. The hate group only got $17,000 in 2018 and will only have $8,250 in 2019.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Needless to say the report left him less than thrilled:
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 said the funding raises concerns about the federal vetting process for prison chaplains in light of reports that prisons can be a breeding ground for radicalization.
“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,” King said. “To me, once you’re associated with Farrakhan, that, to me, would end the vetting right away.”
He has a point because a study from 2013 revealed “as many as three dozen U.S. citizens who converted to Islam while in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly for Al Qaeda training.”
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$8,000 too much
Does the Glorious Reverend Farrakhan not realize come in assorted eye colors other than blue?
Does the Esteemed Glorious Reverend Farrakhan not realize that white people come in assorted eye colors other than blue?
Sounds like an Establishment Clause violation.
And here I’ve always thought preachers were ministers; I didn’t know they had to be paid to preach to the downfallen.
“The Nation of Islam … is a hate group.”
What a racist thing to say! Hater!
(Please tell me I don’t need to include the sarcasm tag!)
Paying to foment sedition and crime. Lovely.
So what happened to that separation of church and state thing?
It doesn’t exist, and never did. That phrase was used in a letter from Jefferson to the leaders of a church, discussing the wisdom of the Framers in not falling into the trap of establishing an Official Religion for their new country, as was done in England. The phrase does not exist in any of our founding documents, although it can be inferred from the prohibition in the First Amendment against the government doing that very thing!