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JEREMIAH WRIGHT - THE NATION OF ISLAM

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Submitted by Janet (Canada), May 3, 2008 at 22:55

Inquiring minds want to know the ties that bind Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama to the leader of the Nation of Islam.

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TAQUIYYA

Within Islamic tradition, the concept of Taqiyya refers to a controversial dispensation allowing believers to conceal their faith when under threat, persecution or compulsion.

The word "al-Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of imminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury." A one-word translation would be "Dissimulation."

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Taqqiyah

Dissimulation is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth. It differs from simulation, in which one exhibits false information. Dissimulation commonly takes the form of concealing one's ability in order to gain the element of surprise over an opponent.
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Dissimulation

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Louis Farrakhan backs Obama for president at Nation of Islam convention in Chicago
February 25, 2008

Speaking to thousands of members of the Nation of Islam at their annual convention Sunday in Chicago, Minister Louis Farrakhan praised presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama as the only hope for healing the nation's racial divisions.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-farrakhan25feb25,0,6391391.story

Farrakhan Praises Obama as ‘Hope of Entire World'
by Associated Press
Monday, February 25, 2008

CHICAGO — In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better. The 74-year-old Farrakhan, former leader of the black Muslim group, never endorsed Obama outright, but spent much of his nearly two-hour speech Sunday to an estimated crowd of 20,000 people praising the Illinois senator.

"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/02/25/farrakhan-praises-obama-as-hope-of-entire-world/

Wright's words raise doubts on Obama, not black church
May 1, 2008

WASHINGTON — Here's where the Rev. Jeremiah Wright went wrong. Barack Obama's former pastor said in a raucous news conference at the National Press Club this week that the tempest surrounding a few of his more contentious sound bites was an attack on the black church …

Wright can no longer complain he has been taken out of context. He provided his own context, such as when he declared Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan one of the most important voices of the 20th and 21st centuries. But Farrakhan has espoused too many racist, anti-Semitic views over the years to be considered important in the healing and reconciling Obama says he wants.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/raasch/2008-05-01-newpolitics_N.htm

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