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Farrakhan sitting next to Clinton at Aretha Franklin-service
Outrage over the ” Nation of Islam leader prominent presence; Harvard law professor and author of ‘The case Against impeachment Trump’ Alan Dershowitz weighs.
Former President Bill Clinton took the heat during the weekend to share the stage with the controversial ” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during the funeral for the legendary singer, Aretha Franklin.
Both Clinton and Farrakhan the positions of prominence were given to the Podium Friday during Franklin’s funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Sitting between the two civil rights leaders were revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
“I know, it was a relationship that said 30 years earlier between Louis Farrakhan and Aretha Franklin, the” Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz in an appearance on the “Fox & Friends” over the weekend. “I don’t know if the relationship will continue or whether the family invited him, but I think every President should have said: ‘no. If you want me on the stage, you can’t be a bigot like Farrakhan, who was sitting next to me.'”
“You can’t simply mainstream, and allow for the legitimacy of a man who has expressed a view, the kind of hate-filled views he expressed, the Jews, white, gay,” he added.
Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind also mixed on Farrakhan’s appearance at Franklin’s funeral, the Nation of Islam-the leader of “America’s Black Hitler,” and Clinton sharing the stage with him, “shocking” in a tweet.
“Louis Farrakhan, front and center, treated like royalty?” Hikind tweeted. “What is this obsession with America’s Black Hitler? In spite of his gross, vicious comments about Jews, white, gay, he is placed in the front with President Clinton? Shocking!”
Louis Farrakhan, front and center, treated like royalty? What is this obsession with America’s Black Hitler? In spite of his gross, vicious comments about Jews, white, gay, he is placed in the front with President Clinton? Shocking! pic.twitter.com/0Q3d8yKDXR
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) August 31, 2018
The large number of Jewish and civil rights groups also slammed Clinton for sharing the stage with Farrakhan.
“Like millions of other Americans who grew up listening to Aretha Franklin’ s fantastic voice, I was saddened by your death,” Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal center said in a statement to The newspaper Algemeiner. “Putting Louis Farrakhan was in a place of honor in the first row on the stage, in the vicinity of President Clinton and in the midst of a generation of African American political and religious leaders, as well sad.”
“Fifty years ago, Aretha Franklin an award from the Martin-Luther-King-Jr. and touring through the country, to fight for money for the civil rights movement,” he added. “For decades, Farrakhan has stood against everything that lived on MLK and died for. He hates America and hates Jews. Aretha Franklin was not a hater. The sight of his smiling face on the stage embittered the heart-felt music and words during the marathon tribute to a great icon.”
Religious leader Louis Farrakhan, right, arrives at Greater grace temple for the legendary singer Aretha Franklin at his funeral in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
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What was meant to be a touching final tribute to the Soul-is to become Queen mired with controversy after controversy, one of the singer Arianna Grande choice of clothing by Bishop Charles H. Ellis III alleged groping Grande and his “Taco Bell” comment to Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr preaching about black America loses “his soul”.
Williams was blasted on social media for misogyny, bigotry and the perpetuation of the false science of race. He rebuked integration and the civil rights movement for the rip the heart out of black micro-economies, who once owned small businesses such as grocery stores, hotels, and banks relied on black.
Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr, delivers the Eulogy at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Williams, a fiery, old-school, the pastor, is under fire for saying black America is losing its “soul” of Franklin ‘ s funeral stands by his words with the hope that those critics can understand his perspective. He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Sunday, Sept. 2, he felt his preaching was appropriate.
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Williams told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Sunday, he felt his sermon was, appropriately, Franklin’s funeral on Friday in Detroit. He felt his timing was right, especially after other speakers spoke on the civil rights movement and President Donald Trump.
“I have tried to show that the movement is now in motion and should move in a different direction,” he said. “… What we need to do is to create respect among us. Aretha is the person with the song ‘R-a-P-E-C-T’ that is laid for us, and what we need to as a breed in ourselves. We must show to each other. We need to show each other respect. That was the reason why I did it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.