Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan pulled no punches recently in response to President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, calling him the “first president that sanctions what the scripture forbids.”
During an address at the California Convention Center on Sunday, Farrakhan held up the Newsweek magazine cover which depicts Obama with a rainbow halo on his head and labels him the ‘first gay president.’ “Now you think they’re not mocking him?” Farrakhan asks his audience.
According to the video, posted by Nation publication The Final Call, Farrakhan insists that he is not homophobic. “I am not your enemy, I am you brother and I do love you,” he said of the LGBT community. Yet, he added, “sin is sin according to the standard of god.”
This is not the first time Farrakhan has publicly condemned Barack Obama. In 2011, Farrakhan labeled Obama an assassin and warned of the consequences of the death of Colonel Muammar Gadhafi of Libya, with whom Farrakhan had a close friendship since the 1990s.
Back in 2008, during a Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day event, Louis Farrakhan struck a much more positive note regarding the president, telling a large crowd that when Obama talks, “the Messiah is speaking.”
It seems that now Obama is no longer Farrakhan’s Messiah. And the president was not the only person to receive Farrakhan’s condemnation. Reverends, Synagogue leaders, catholic priests and other politicians were accused of backing down from the book they claim to believe in because “people will get offended.”
The president’s announcement of his support for gay marriage seems to have affected the black community’s stance on the subject gay rights. TheGrio has reported that “this dynamic could reshape the gay marriage debate in the future.”