Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam attempted to distance themselves from the man who killed a Capitol Police officer in a vehicle attack Friday after it emerged that he was a follower of the controversial group.
A statement released by the group on behalf of Farrakhan, his family, and all registered members of the organization said that “we are in sympathy with the victims of this tragedy” and “we are in sympathy with the families of these victims.”
The group acknowledged that Noah Green attended one of their conferences, made a $1,000 donation to the organization, and was studying to join the religion, but he had not become a member yet. It disavowed his actions but had some kind words for him too and criticized any effort to tie the attack to the organization or Farrakhan himself.
“It is being reported that Noah Green was a ‘follower’ of the Nation of Islam. This young man, Noah Green, we believe may have attended our Saviours’ Day convention in Detroit, Michigan in February 2020. In March of 2020, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we closed our Mosques, and began conducting meetings and classes remotely. A search of our records indicates Noah Green was not a registered member of the Nation of Islam,” the statement said. “It appears that in late summer (August-September) of 2020, he started the process to begin his study to become a member, but he did not complete the process.”
The statement added: “He did make a donation to the Saviours’ Day Gift. Every year, the followers and supporters make a charitable donation to the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Gift charity. Every donor who makes a donation of $1000 or more is issued a Certificate of Completion. This certificate does not establish that the donor is a member in good standing in the Nation of Islam.”
Farrakhan himself issued a short quote too, saying, “I am sure had he been blessed to come through the crisis that he was going through, he would have been a star in the mission of the resurrection of our people. We need to know what happened to our brother.”
Green described himself as a “Follower of Farrakhan.” Green’s posts on Facebook, which were quickly removed by the social media company under its “dangerous individuals” policy, made it clear he was going through personal struggles, indulged in conspiratorial thinking, and was a follower of the Nation of Islam.
Green’s Facebook posts, reviewed by the Washington Examiner, showed he referred to himself as “Brother Noah X” as he explained his religious views and personal problems in recent weeks. Green also shared a photo on March 17 of a $1,085 donation he made under the name “Noah X” to the Nation of Islam’s Norfolk chapter on “Saviours’ Day” in March.
The Nation of Islam includes a belief in the superiority of black people over white people, including the view that white people were created by an evil scientist 6,000 years ago, and Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for three decades before Farrakhan and considered himself a messenger of Allah, called white people devils.
Farrakhan, who has led the group for decades, is known for his racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. He said in 1984 that “Hitler was a very great man,” and in 2018, he referred to Jewish people as “termites.” In 2015, he said that “white people deserve to die.” Farrakhan also forged a relationship with the Church of Scientology. He famously helped organize the 1995 Million Man March on Washington, D.C.
The Nation of Islam argued that Green’s “alleged use of an automobile as a weapon and the alleged possession of a knife as reported, violates our teachings” and “we absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life.” The statement said that “it is shocking for us to learn that someone who was attempting to be a part of our ranks may have been involved in something as tragic as this.”
The Nation of Islam also pointed to the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 and claimed that “the news media did not question what their religion was.”
“We condemn the wicked mischaracterization of some media reports trying to tie this tragic incident to the teachings of the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and all people of good will should do the same as well,” the statement said. “This young man had struggled in his early life but overcame much as a student to graduate with a degree in finance. He had a wonderful, noble idea to help the black and brown people through his knowledge of finance.”
Green wrote several posts championing Farrakhan and the group in the past year.
“To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher. I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey,” Green wrote on March 17. “I haven’t had much to lean on the past few months, I’ve been faced with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, and diminution of fruit. My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst.”
Green seemed to consider Farrakhan to be Jesus, writing, “So, if you question this man as the Jesus, I recommend taking a look at his life’s work and the blessings Allah has filled him with. The raiser of the dead to life, making the blind see, and the deaf hear (I bear witness). Preaching to the multitudes, calling a million black men to Washington, and standing up to the most powerful government of modern times.”
Green wrote on March 21 that he encouraged everyone to “study Revelations, study the signs of end times, study who the beast is, study who the anti-Christ is, study who the false prophet is, and study the created images during those times.” He said Farrakhan “is here to save me and the rest of humanity, even if it means facing death.” He said everyone should “study the mother wheel (which is present here in America)” — the “mother wheel” is a Nation of Islam teaching that a vision from the Old Testament Prophet Ezekiel was actually a UFO.
Green is alleged to have driven through the north gate on Constitution Avenue around 1 p.m. on Friday, where he purposely hit two Capitol Police officers, injuring officer Ken Shaver and killing officer William ‘Billy’ Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force. He then rammed the police car blocking the barricade, jumped out with a knife, and charged another officer, who shot and killed Green. Evans will be honored in a ceremony at the Capitol rotunda.
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