NATION OF ISLAM NEWSPAPER ATTACKS 'MINION OF THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN' GLENN BECK FOR FARRAKHAN COMMENTS: 'WE WILL NOT ALLOW SUCH VICIOUS ASSAULTS'
During his radio show Feb. 27, Beck discussed Farrakhan's warning that racial hatred could lead to an attempt on President Barack Obama's life, even suggesting that a Muslim could be set up to kill him. Beck wondered whether the warning could be a kind of set up to draw attention from Farrakhan and his followers — Farrakhan in the past has called Obama a "murderer" and "assassin."
"I'm telling you this is a clear and present danger to the president of the United States," Beck said. "Will someone in the Secret Service or DOJ investigate what is happening at the Nation of Islam?"
Responding to Beck's comments, Abdul Arif Muhammad — identified as the Nation of Islam's general counsel — said he "maliciously attacked not only the good name, reputation, integrity, and character of Minister Farrakhan, but also the over half century of redemptive work he has accomplished."
"The Holy Qur'an teaches Muslims to never be the aggressor in word or deed, but if attacked, we fight with those who fight with us," Muhammad wrote:
Farrakhan, Muhammad said, was "seeking to protect the life of President Obama from the evil plans of the Synagogue of Satan":
Seizing on Beck's use of the phrase "clear and present danger," Muhammad called it "coded language" that is "a call for the U.S. government to target and destroy the Nation of Islam, and in particular assassinate Minister Farrakhan."
Continuing to defend Farrakhan's speech, Muhammad said the leader had explicitly warned Muslims against attacking Americans:
"We will not allow such vicious assaults on Minister Farrakhan, a man whose prescient and consistent warnings could save this country," Muhammad said. "We will and must continue to respond to 'anti-Farrakhan' attacks. He deserves and has earned the right to be defended."