STTEOTWISOTD (Sign That The End Of The World Is Near Of The Day) -
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 99 12:15:17 -0800
Subject: STTEOTWISOTD (Sign That The End Of The World Is Near Of The Day) -
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From: Jef Jaisun <email@example.com>
Another sign the End of the World is near:
On the same day, white anglo-saxon Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker goes
on an anger-induced racist rant about "all those foreigners," while very
black separatist/anti-semite Minister Louis Farrakahn survives a near-death
bout with cancer to emerge preaching "a message of unity for all races and
religions in the next century."
Whew. I wonder if he'll go back to singing Calypso.
I need a drink! (Make it a Black Russian, heh.)
The AP story:
Farrakhan Emerges, Preaches Unity
By MARTHA IRVINE Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Saying a near-
death experience had left him a changed man, a fit-looking Louis Farrakhan
made his first public appearance in months Wednesday and preached a message
of unity for all races and religions in the next century.
``Only through our act of atonement can we be forgiven for what we have
said or done to injure other human beings - a member of another race or a
member of another religious group, another nation or another ethnic group,''
the 66-year-old Farrakhan told reporters and about 200 supporters who
gathered at the Nation of Islam mosque on Chicago's South Side. ``We must
try to end the cycle of violence and the cycle of hatred.''
The Nation of Islam leader has been recovering from prostate cancer and
what he called a ``near-death experience'' in March caused by a
radiation-related rectal ulcer that has yet to heal fully.
Farrakhan has been criticized for making anti-white and anti-Semitic
remarks in the past. He said his health problems have changed his outlook.
He called for all people to unite on Christmas Day to pray for world peace.
Farrakhan, who spoke for more than an hour, said doctors have told him
his cancer is in remission. But he said his ulcer is only 85 percent
healed and may require surgery before he is ``out of the woods.''
Farrakhan was surrounded by family members and several other religious
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest who is white, held
hands with Farrakhan and his wife, Khadijah, as he led the group in
``I believe he is the man who can bring us together ... as Christians,
as Jews and as Muslims,'' Pfleger said afterward.
Amikham B. Asiel, a rabbi in the black Hebrew Israelite community, said
he was heartened by the minister's statement that divisions between the
Nation of Islam and the Jewish community ``must be overcome'' - though the
Hebrew Israelites have been known for making their own statements against
Addressing Farrakhan's past statements, Asiel said, ``I would prefer to
take a more positive position and see where we go in the future.''
Others who did not attend said they were encouraged but wary.
``His actions and his words in the future would certainly have to
demonstrate to us that he has turned away from his message of anti-Semitism
and division,'' said Melissa Schop, associate director of the
Anti-Defamation League of Chicago.
© 1999 Peter Langston