These are Some Really Strange Bedfellows

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These are Some Really Strange Bedfellows

by baldilocks

One Ring to rule them all.

With Louis Farrakhan’s well-​known anti-​Semitism, hatred of whites, and alliance with the Women’s March and the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus being in the news, I am reminded of some­thing star­tling that I talked about back in 2012.

When I was on my way to church this morn­ing, I saw some­thing very inter­est­ing near my house.

The “Church” of Sci­en­tol­ogy has been build­ing cen­ters in and around South Cen­tral Los Ange­les and in Ingle­wood — some­thing that had pre­vi­ously been unheard of. Today, being Fathers’ Day, I guess there was some big event at the cen­ter near me. But guess which orga­ni­za­tion was cel­e­brat­ing the day with them? The Nation of Islam. FOI, bean pies, and white “gar­ments” (sim­i­lar to burkas) all over the place!

Did a lit­tle research when I got home. There isn’t much to go on, but one web­site reports that, back in 2009, Louis Far­rakhan said that there was some sort of “mar­riage” between the two orga­ni­za­tions. Mar­riage, eh? One won­ders who will get to be on top in the end.

(I recall get­ting a funny look when one of the FOI tried to give me an unsuc­cess­ful hard-​sell on a bean pie. Yes, I recall that they are deli­cious, but I can’t in good con­science give my money to that organization.)

A “mar­riage?” Between those two? Bizarre doesn’t begin to describe it.

I don’t live in that house any­more and, there­fore haven’t had an up-​close view of the evo­lu­tion of this rela­tion­ship. So, let’s see what’s out there.

From Sci­en­tol­ogy critic Tony Ortega:

As we pointed out years ago, the two tiny orga­ni­za­tions have been inter­min­gling in the strangest of mashups — with Min­is­ter Louis Farrakhan’s bow tie-​wearing fol­low­ers some­how decid­ing that the whitest man who ever lived, L. Ron Hub­bard, was on to some­thing, and they’ve been pay­ing for pro­cess­ing in his 1950-​era “Dianetics.”

The rela­tion­ship goes back at least six years, if not longer: Scientology’s Alfred­die John­son was bring­ing Far­rakhan around to Sci­en­tol­ogy Celebrity Cen­tre events at least as early as 2006, as a photo of him and Far­rakhan and singer Stacy Fran­cis attests. Far­rakhan then began extolling Hub­bard and Dia­net­ics in his long, ram­bling lec­tures, and encour­aged his fol­low­ers to get Book One audit­ing in order to become trained Dianeticists.

There’s evi­dence that at least a few Nation of Islam mem­bers have also moved on into Sci­en­tol­ogy proper, but we’ve still seen lit­tle evi­dence that the two groups are truly merg­ing. Nation of Islam mem­bers are not join­ing Scientology’s Sea Org, and we’d be pretty shocked to see Sci­en­tol­ogy leader David Mis­cav­ige or any other church offi­cials tak­ing on posi­tions of author­ity in the Nation of Islam.

But the one place where the meld­ing of the two may be most pro­nounced is in the Ingle­wood “Ideal Org” and com­mu­nity cen­ter, which is where Tony Muham­mad appeared with RFK Jr. Thurs­day night. Muham­mad and another Alfred­die John­son asso­ciate, Hanan Islam, have been involved in both groups, and they, along with John­son, have been very con­tro­ver­sial figures.

Yes, that RFK, Jr.

From the New Repub­lic in 2012.

The first large-​scale intro­duc­tion of Sci­en­tol­ogy to Nation mem­bers took place in August 2010, when hun­dreds of believ­ers from around the coun­try trav­eled to Rose­mont, Illi­nois, near the Nation’s head­quar­ters, for a sem­i­nar in Dia­net­ics, a foun­da­tional belief sys­tem of Sci­en­tol­ogy. There, they were guided through audit­ing ses­sions — a kind of hybrid between hyp­no­sis and con­fes­sion — in which a Sci­en­tol­o­gist purges painful expe­ri­ences from his sub­con­scious in the pres­ence of an “audi­tor.” At the end of the sem­i­nar, Far­rakhan told the group he wanted every­one in atten­dance to become a cer­ti­fied auditor.

Jesse Muham­mad, a 34-​year-​old writer and com­mu­nity orga­nizer who joined the Nation of Islam as a teenager at the urg­ing of an older brother, had dri­ven overnight from Hous­ton for the event. He took this goal seri­ously. “Those who fol­low Far­rakhan, we trust his guid­ance, so we jump to it,” he told me. After three weeks of inten­sive train­ing with Sci­en­tol­o­gists in Hous­ton, he became cer­ti­fied. The Nation refused to com­ment for this story, but accord­ing to its news­pa­per, Final Call, as of this spring, more than 1,000 mem­bers have become cer­ti­fied audi­tors and another 4,000 were study­ing “some aspect of Scientology.” (…)

Far­rakhan addressed a small din­ner crowd in a build­ing iden­ti­fied as Scientology’s Celebrity Cen­tre. The 79-​year-​old min­is­ter talked of his plans to build a train­ing cen­ter in Chicago just like the one in Clear­wa­ter. “Nobody can lead in our Nation until and unless they become clear,” he said, refer­ring to Scientology’s most enlight­ened state. The alliance with the Nation, he hoped, would be a “long and beau­ti­ful relationship.”

The orga­ni­za­tions’ other bond­ing point: extraterrestrials.

I can’t find much recent infor­ma­tion about this merger, so I can’t com­ment on its present state. But isn’t it fas­ci­nat­ing to see this? It has a super­nat­ural feel to it. And cer­tainly these are the main ter­res­trial bond­ing points: money and power — just like with all other alliances on the Left.

Keep watch.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

One Ring to rule them all.

With Louis Farrakhan’s well-known anti-Semitism, hatred of whites, and alliance with the Women’s March and the Congressional Black Caucus being in the news, I am reminded of something startling that I talked about back in 2012.

When I was on my way to church this morning, I saw something very interesting near my house.

The “Church” of Scientology has been building centers in and around South Central Los Angeles and in Inglewood — something that had previously been unheard of. Today, being Fathers’ Day, I guess there was some big event at the center near me.  But guess which organization was celebrating the day with them? The Nation of Islam.  FOI, bean pies, and white “garments” (similar to burkas) all over the place!

Did a little research when I got home.  There isn’t much to go on, but one website reports that, back in 2009, Louis Farrakhan said that there was some sort of “marriage” between the two organizations.  Marriage, eh? One wonders who will get to be on top in the end.

(I recall getting a funny look when one of the FOI tried to give me an unsuccessful hard-sell on a bean pie. Yes, I recall that they are delicious, but I can’t in good conscience give my money to that organization.)

A “marriage?” Between those two? Bizarre doesn’t begin to describe it.

I don’t live in that house anymore and, therefore haven’t had an up-close view of the evolution of this relationship. So, let’s see what’s out there.

From Scientology critic Tony Ortega:

As we pointed out years ago, the two tiny organizations have been intermingling in the strangest of mashups — with Minister Louis Farrakhan’s bow tie-wearing followers somehow deciding that the whitest man who ever lived, L. Ron Hubbard, was on to something, and they’ve been paying for processing in his 1950-era “Dianetics.”

The relationship goes back at least six years, if not longer: Scientology’s Alfreddie Johnson was bringing Farrakhan around to Scientology Celebrity Centre events at least as early as 2006, as a photo of him and Farrakhan and singer Stacy Francis attests. Farrakhan then began extolling Hubbard and Dianetics in his long, rambling lectures, and encouraged his followers to get Book One auditing in order to become trained Dianeticists.

There’s evidence that at least a few Nation of Islam members have also moved on into Scientology proper, but we’ve still seen little evidence that the two groups are truly merging. Nation of Islam members are not joining Scientology’s Sea Org, and we’d be pretty shocked to see Scientology leader David Miscavige or any other church officials taking on positions of authority in the Nation of Islam.

But the one place where the melding of the two may be most pronounced is in the Inglewood “Ideal Org” and community center, which is where Tony Muhammad appeared with RFK Jr. Thursday night. Muhammad and another Alfreddie Johnson associate, Hanan Islam, have been involved in both groups, and they, along with Johnson, have been very controversial figures.

Yes, that RFK, Jr.

From the New Republic in 2012.

The first large-scale introduction of Scientology to Nation members took place in August 2010, when hundreds of believers from around the country traveled to Rosemont, Illinois, near the Nation’s headquarters, for a seminar in Dianetics, a foundational belief system of Scientology. There, they were guided through auditing sessions—a kind of hybrid between hypnosis and confession—in which a Scientologist purges painful experiences from his subconscious in the presence of an “auditor.” At the end of the seminar, Farrakhan told the group he wanted everyone in attendance to become a certified auditor.

Jesse Muhammad, a 34-year-old writer and community organizer who joined the Nation of Islam as a teenager at the urging of an older brother, had driven overnight from Houston for the event. He took this goal seriously. “Those who follow Farrakhan, we trust his guidance, so we jump to it,” he told me. After three weeks of intensive training with Scientologists in Houston, he became certified. The Nation refused to comment for this story, but according to its newspaper, Final Call, as of this spring, more than 1,000 members have become certified auditors and another 4,000 were studying “some aspect of Scientology.” (…)

Farrakhan addressed a small dinner crowd in a building identified as Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The 79-year-old minister talked of his plans to build a training center in Chicago just like the one in Clearwater. “Nobody can lead in our Nation until and unless they become clear,” he said, referring to Scientology’s most enlightened state. The alliance with the Nation, he hoped, would be a “long and beautiful relationship.”

The organizations’ other bonding point: extraterrestrials.

I can’t find much recent information about this merger, so I can’t comment on its present state. But isn’t it fascinating to see this?  It has a supernatural feel to it. And certainly these are the main terrestrial bonding points: money and power — just like with all other alliances on the Left.

Keep watch.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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