Pelavin: "Minister Louis Farrakhans outrageous anti-Semitic comments represent yet another sad chapter in his catalogue of false, inflammatory rhetoric."
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2010 - In response to Minister Louis Farrakhans recent inflammatory speech before the Nation of Islam, Mark Pelavin, Director of the Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism and Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
Minister Louis Farrakhans outrageous anti-Semitic comments asserting "Zionist control of Congress" and the undue influence of the Jewish community on the Obama administration represent yet another sad chapter in his catalogue of false, inflammatory rhetoric. At his yearly Saviours Day speech in Chicago, titled "The Time and What Must Be Done," Farrakhan maliciously alleged that Zionists are pressuring President Obama to wage war against Iran and inhibiting progressive dialogue with the Muslim world. Further, he claimed that the "white right" is trying to "set [President Obama] up to be assassinated."
Instead of using faith to unite Americans around issues of common concern, Farrakhan seeks to divide, incite, and scapegoat. Our nation and its people face significant challenges. Americans of all faiths and no faith each have an essential role to play in addressing our economic recovery, reforming health insurance, stemming global climate change, as well as assisting the nations of Haiti and Chile in recovering from natural disaster. At such a key moment, hatred has no place in the public sphere. Only by repudiating such rhetoric can we build strong, interreligious partnerships and work together to repair our world.