It’s happened — and to some, it’s been a long time coming.
The Nation of Islam has been banned from Twitter.
A quick trip to @OfficialNOI reveals a simple message:
Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules
“Unsurprisingly, Twitter,Inc. has suspended The Nation of Islam’s official account:
— Brother Abdul Qiyam Muhammad (@BrotherQiyam) July 19, 2021
But surely many were.
For years, critics have claimed the organization — led by Louis Farrakhan — has been given a pass despite extreme anti-Semitism.
In early 2019, Farrakhan praised members of the Women’s March:
“The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity, and a black woman is the initiator of it.”
He followed with this:
“The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement. It ain’t about Farrakhan; it’s about women all over the world [who] have the power to change the world.”
In 2018, the minister announced thusly:
“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
That year as well, he reportedly joined in the chant, “Death to Israel!”
Also, allegedly: “Death to America!”
In a visit to Iran @LouisFarrakhan chanted ‘Death to America!’ and claimed that ‘America has never been a democracy’. In this video Farrakhan says “death to Israel”.
Nothing @lsarsour? pic.twitter.com/xbaVbOSfSc
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) November 5, 2018
However, a less than generous attitude toward Jews wasn’t what informed last week’s ban.
The culprit: COVID.
The Guardian relays a White House-cited report fingered “12 online personalities…[with] a combined following of 59 million people” as responsible for the majority of “COVID-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
Among them: web influencer Rizza Islam.
From the Center for Countering Digital Hate study:
Rizza Islam’s anti-vaccine posts aim to spread vaccine hesitancy amongst African Americans. While Facebook removed Rizza Islam’s Facebook page in February, he continues to post anti-vaccine messages from his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Case in point:
Rizza Islam promoted the false conspiracy theory that COVID vaccines make women infertile in a tweet last June.
Rizza is, you may have assumed, a Nation member.
Apropos of that, as noted by The Federalist, “[T]witter took action against [NOI] after perpetual mRNA vaccines criticism…”
“[I]t remained silent,” the outlet observed, “on [NOI’s] previous anti-Semitism.”
Indeed, a crew of conservatives have called for Farrakhan’s Twitter toss for quite a while.
Some might say a Nation nix came only when the group’s position resembled something vaguely more Republican than Democrat.
That’s not the group’s usual look:
– “I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”
– “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit”
– “Powerful Jews are my enemy”
– “The false Jew will lead you to filth and indecency”
– “You are the synagogue of Satan” pic.twitter.com/1rRR8rnTDK
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) October 27, 2018
But in case you’re wondering, Minister Farrakhan himself is still in good standing — his account remains intact.
And the guy sure can play the violin:
Thank you all for joining me in celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven with last night's world premier of my performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
— THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) May 12, 2021
But don’t count on him dedicating a song to Israel:
— Sudan Muhammad (@sudans1love) January 15, 2019
Personally, I wouldn’t expect Twitter to move against the minister.
Then again — as covered by RedState’s Brandon Morse — it’s happened before.
And COVID’s among the touchiest of topics.
But Farrakhan has outspokenly opposed the vaccine; and though some tweets may have been removed, he’s still going strong.
Icymi: Louis Farrakhan called the coronavirus vaccine a "vial of death" and floated other false conspiracy theories at a Nation of Islam event.
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) March 4, 2021
Meanwhile, select supporters are defending the Nation — against white supremacist inequality and the devil himself:
But #WhiteSupremacists are untouched.
— Chris Tucker #BLM (@chtucker18) July 20, 2021
LMBO, Satan's Always Busy… 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔Hmmmm, 🗣️Was It Because The N.O.I. Talking Bout The Mother Wheel 🗣️OR Was It About The Truth Of The CovID Vaccination… 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 Satan Plans and Allah Plans; But Allah IS The Best of Planners.
— Carlven (@ms5525) July 20, 2021
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