Free speech or hate speech?
A controversy brewed Thursday night over a rally to protest Facebook's decision to ban Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Rev. Michael Pfleger organized the event, but members of the Jewish community condemned it. Farrakhan has been accused of making anti semitic remarks.
Farrakhan spoke at St. Sabina Church just days after being banned from Facebook for what the platform called hate speech.
"Some of us did not come out tonight because they did not wish to be censored," he said.
Farrkhan spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the invitation of Pfleger. Pfleger said it’s important for all voices to be heard.
"It is dangerous, to me, when we begin to stop free speech and seek to silence prophetic voices," Pfleger said.
People lined up hours before the rally.
"I don’t understand, why ban him when he's trying to educate," Sylvia Brooks said.
Earlier Thursday—Jewish community leaders blasted Pfleger for giving minister Farrkhan what they called a platform for hate.
Pfleger broadcast Thursday night’s rally on Facebook Live. It was viewed more than 24,000 times just before 10 p.m.