Friday, September 22, 2006

Louis Farrakhan

When I first read this story, I had a lot of uncharitable thoughts.

I don't like Louis Farrakhan. I don't like what he preaches. I didn't like Malcolm X, but I liked even less the way Louis Farrakhan usurped what Malcolm was trying to accomplish.

I even had a lot of "funny stuff" to post about his suffering.

But as I reread the statement that "Farrakhan, 73, said he began suffering pain earlier this year similar to 1998, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. He said doctors discovered an ulcer in his anal area during a visit to Cuba in March. Since then, he has lost 35 pounds while battling "serious infection and inflammation,..."

I don't care how much I dislike the guy or disagree with what he says. I wouldn't want to go that way. That sounds horrible. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

I can't honestly say "My prayers are with him" because that would be hypocritical from so many directions.

I'll just say that I feel empathy for anyone suffering through such a prolonged and painful death, and question what that says about the God of their faith.

Geez. This is the exact opposite of what I thought I was going to post when I started this.


Marcie said...

Malcom X was on a journey. At the end of his life when he went to Mecca he saw Muslims of all color. That really changed his beliefs and perspectives. That's also one of the reasons the Nation of Islam had him killed.
And as for the hate of his early life? The shit that black people had to live through would of made me hateful too. It really does take a special kind of person to turn the other cheek.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that it takes a big man to be able to wish peace even to those you are at variance with. Many would do well for themselves to heed your example.


emawkc said...

Hey, when did you ever wory about being hypocritical?

Xavier Onassis said...

I have always been a FIRM BELIEVER in hypocrisy when it it comes to raising children.

Do as I say, not as I do! Amen.