Louis Farrakhan comes full circle:
Farrakahn believes Elijah Muhammad, the (by all accounts deceased) former leader of the Nation of Islam, is living on a spaceship circling the planet. Also, a few years after Elijah “died,” the spaceship picked up Farrakhan and the two men had a nice chat with each other. Afterward, Farrakhan says the spaceship let him off near Washington, D.C.
The only major television journalist I’ve ever seen query Farrakhan about this stuff was Ted Koppel, host of ABCs “Nightline,” in 1996. Koppel asked him about the spaceship stuff, saying, “It sounds like gibberish, but maybe you can explain it.”
Farrakhan didn’t back off. The spiritual leader explained that the huge spaceship is “over the heads of us in North America, and soon you shall see these (spaceships) over the major cities of America.” This fact is being kept “above top-secret by the United States government.”
Farrakhan didn’t stop there. Offended at the “gibberish” remark, he fell back on some hard science: “And if it were gibberish, they made an awful lot of money, Mr. Koppel, on that movie called ‘Independence Day’ — it flooded the theaters.” Koppel conceded this point, but also alerted Farrakhan to the fact that “Independence Day” wasn’t a true story.
— Jonah Goldberg, Jewish World Review, “Treatment of Farrakhan glosses over odd issues,” October 20th, 2000.
Which is why this alliance isn’t all that much of a shock, come to think of it:
“Shock Alliance: Farrakhan Praises Integration of Scientology Into Nation of Islam Theology, Says Whites Should Use it to Become ‘Civilized’ & to Avoid Being ‘Devil Christians’ & ‘Satan Jews’”