The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 17: Louis Farrakhan - 2020-09-02
The bizarre relationship between Scientology and the Nation of Islam continues, despite some recent predictions that it might be on the way out.
We've been reporting on this strange situation for more than eight years, and it hasn't really become less mysterious in all that time. What we know is that Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has had a relationship with Scientology going back for a very long time. Below, you can see a photo of him in 2006 at a Celebrity Centre event with singer Stacy Francis and the person who is probably responsible for bringing these two very different groups together, the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr.
Here's what Scientology and the Nation of Islam had in common even before they began their dance: They're tiny, totalitarian organizations that have origin stories based in nutty science fiction beliefs. But in other ways they are completely different. NOI, after all, is a bigoted Black nationalist group that is shot through with anti-Semitism. Scientology, on the other hand, was started by the whitest man who ever lived, L. Ron Hubbard.