A look back in history helps us get a better understanding of why some blacks are so tied to religions that are at their core of middle eastern origins.
Lately a few fb posts on my “newsfeed” made mentions of certain black leaders and preachers. A lot of these guys are just into a lot of funny business; whether its a financial affair or just an affair. There are so many of these so-called black leaders now and you have to ask yourself; are any of them good? Do any of them actually offer anything of actual value in what they’re saying? My observation For many of them; greed, lust ego and arrogance always find a way into their path. But that doesn’t seem to stop people from following them nonetheless!
There is one black leader that I find particularly interesting right now, he is the leader of the Nation of Islam his name is Louis Farrakhan. I started looking up Farrakhan because of a couple things that happened in the last few months.
What is the nation of Islam? Is it an offshoot to Islam? Like a TV show gets a spin-off? Like from the Cosby show, we got A Different World! Well the nation of Islam is A Different World… literally!
So I went on Google to look for more information about the Nation os Islam
* They believe that their founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad was God on earth. I would love to hear what a traditional Muslim thinks about God/Allah being on earth in human form and in Detroit in the 1930s.
* About Wallace Fard Muhammad:
* He came to detroit in 1930, is actual name was Wallace Dodd Ford
* He was a door to door salesman, preaching his new religion to black folks, his interpretation of Islam.
* He taught everything he knew to Elijah Muhammad while in Detroit
* FBI report tells us that he disappeared in 1934.
* Did I mention Mr Dodd was white? (all this is very weird!)
* They believe that Muhammad was the son of God rather than a prophet… I don’t know about you but if you tell a traditional Muslim that their beloved prophet Muhammad was not who they think he is, they might take issue with that. I mean some people died for picturing him wrong, yet you guys give him a whole new bio…
* They follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Here are some of the hilights:
* The Moon was once a part of the Earth, and that the Earth is over 76 trillion years old
* Long before Adam, the entire land mass on Earth was called “Asia”. Black People in America are descendants of the Asian black nation and of the tribe of Shabazz. Originally, they were the tribe who came with the earth 66 trillion years ago when a great explosion on our planet divided it into two parts. One we call earth and the other moon. This was done by God/Yakub, who wanted the people to speak one language, one dialect for all, but was unable to bring this about.“
* Black experience of slavery was Bible prophecy. The NOI theology asserts that black people’s experience of slavery was the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and therefore, black people are the seed of Abraham referred to in the Bible, in Genesis 15:13–14
In my opinion, when I look at the NOI and its history, I find that it really gained traction within the American black community during the civil rights movement, and it filled a void for some black folks who were not satisfied with Christianity. Some black folks converted from Christianity to the nation of Islam. But to me, changing from Christianity to the nation of Islam is like changing a dollar for 4 quarters. Knowing how oppressed blacks were back then, I can understand that for some people hearing that your race is the master race after all is very appealing!
The NOI evolved into the group that speaks out on behalf of black folks. Louis Farrakhan is seen everywhere giving his opinion on black issues.
The way I look at it all they have is seniority. A lot of times I’m left wondering if all the people showing support to the noi, are they doing it because they believe In the teachings of the noi or because they want to support whoever speaks out for black folks at all cost? Some black folks support the noi just because they speak out for blacks. Right or wrong, they will support the noi just because they take on black issues.
I mean, I didn’t even mention the UFO thing or their new connection with scientology and dianetics. I know a few people will say oh you’re focusing on the negative… well yeah! Although i understand why the noi had some appeal in the past, I don’t see how in 2016, that it is reasonable to follow a group like the noi? As time go by, so will their relevance to black people and their issues. Which is probably why they are more inclusive today. For those looking for a more reasonable and rational spoke person or group, I hope this information gets to you and helps you think more reasonably and rationally about the suits and bow ties club!
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Peter Hartman, one of the organizers for The Law of Attraction Montreal, invited Jonathan Jarry and Isabelle Stephen from Moutons No More to talk about skepticism to their people. This is how it went.
If you missed our October show, we played a superstition-themed version of the Password game show, with host Guy Renaud and comedians Gina Granter and Karl Knox. Videos below! Like, subscribe, and come to our next show, November 28!
If you missed our October show, you didn’t get to see Gina Granter and Karl Knox regale us with tales of disease-associated fonts and marijuana-influenced driving… but you can catch up on the comedy by watching the videos below.
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What happens when a Black man spots another Black man reading Dawkins’ The God Delusion on a bus?
“This guy is a f&$*ing asshole! He has no idea what religion has done for Black people!”
Has religion been Black people’s salvation… or shackles? Guy Renaud explores the topic in a vlog:
Just wanted to promote two short animated videos about health–one on exercise and one on sunscreen–that Dr. Christopher Labos, co-host of The Body of Evidence, has put together.
Enjoy them, mock them, share them. It’s all good.
Courtesy of Joseph Hackl, our fantastic singer-songwriter who does jingles for The Body of Evidence podcast.
The guy is having such a blast, he decided to film himself recording drums for the episode 3 jingle.
You’ll only get to hear the full jingle when the episode comes out in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, you can binge listen on episodes 1, 2, and our bonus appearance on CJAD radio.
Also, check out Joseph’s band, VoodooJazz.ca!
What did you miss?
A comedian who lives in an apple.
Another one who doesn’t know if he can stare our host in the face.
A Mads Mikkelsen impersonation.
And the answer to everyone’s question: do people of different races taste differently?
Thanks to Guy Renaud for making available in full the debate we had last January on stage on the following question:
Is criticism of religion necessary to freedom of speech?
On the side of “yes”, Andrew Cody; on the side of “no”, Jennie Laure Sully.