Rep. Todd Rokita (R., Ind.) on Tuesday morning introduced a resolution condemning Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan for spreading ideas that generate animosity and anger towards Jewish Americans and the Jewish religion.
"There is no place in our civil discourse for this clear anti-Semitism and hate for another group of human beings," Rokita said. "I urge my House colleagues to join me in condemning Louis Farrakhan's hateful and anti-semitic attacks, while also reaffirming our nation's commitment to our Jewish neighbors and our greatest ally, the nation of Israel."
Farrakhan delivered his annual Saviours' Day address late last month in Chicago, where he attacked "that Satanic Jew," called Jews "the mother and father of apartheid," and proclaimed that "when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door."
Several House Democrats have come under fire in recent weeks for their association with Farrakhan, including Democratic National Committee vice chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), who recently earned a "Four Pinocchios" rating from the Washington Post fact checker concerning his interactions with the controversial Nation of Islam leader.
Farrakhan has a long history of anti-Semitism, praising of dictator Adolf Hitler, blaming Jews for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and directing other bigoted language at Jews and white people.
A similar resolution was passed easily by a Democrat-controlled House in 1994.