Mayor Calls for Religious and Ethnic Leaders to Denounce Rev. Farrakhan
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor Edward I. Koch says the Rev. Louis Farrahkan, who plans a rally in New York next month, preaches ″the vilest of anti-Semitism,″ and the mayor has called on religious and ethnic leaders to denounce him.
But Koch said Sunday that Farrakhan, the Chicago-based leader of the Nation of Islam, ″has the right to speak″ at the rally set for Oct. 7 at Madison Square Garden.
Farrakhan plans to discuss black economic and political power at the rally, said Wahid Muhammed, a spokesman for the minister.
The mayor said he hoped no one would protest at the rally ″so as not to give him even greater notoriety.″
He called for leaders of all religious and ethnic groups to ″denounce Minister Farrakhan, his racism and his religious bigotry.″
At a rally in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, Farrakhan said ″the chosen people of God″ were not Jews but were ″the black people of America and the Western Hemisphere.″
″With political power, 40 million blacks can be as wise and manipulative as the Jews in America are today,″ he said.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley also criticized Farrakhan.