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Post by Ed on Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:43 am

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. We
thank Him for his prophets, and the scriptures which they brought. We
thank him for Moses and the Torah. We thank him for Jesus and the
Gospel. We thank him for Muhammad and the Koran. Peace be upon these
worthy servants of Allah.

I am so grateful to Allah for his
intervention in our affairs in the person of Master Farad Muhammad the
Great Madi, who came among us and raised from among us a divine leader,
teacher and guide, his messenger to us the Most Honorable Elijah
Muhammad. I greet all of you, my dear and wonderful brothers, with the
greeting words of peace. We say it in the Arabic language, Asalam
Eleecum.

I would like to thank all of those known and unknown
persons who worked to make this day of atonement and reconciliation a
reality. My thanks and my extreme gratitude to the Reverend Benjamin
Chavis and to all of the members of the national organizing committees.

To
all of the local organizing committees, to Dr. Dorothy Height in the
National Council of Negro Women, and all of the sisters who were
involved in the planning of the Million Man March. Of course, if I named
all those persons whom I know helped to make this event a reality, it
would take a tremendous amount of time. But suffice it to say that we
are grateful to all who made this day possible.

I'm looking at
the Washington Monument and beyond it to the Lincoln Memorial. And,
beyond that, to the left, to your right, the Jefferson Memorial. Abraham
Lincoln was the 16th President of these United States and he was the
man who allegedly freed us.

Abraham Lincoln saw in his day, what
President Clinton sees in this day. He saw the great divide between
black and white. Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton see what the Kerner
Commission saw 30 years ago when they said that this nation was moving
toward two Americas -- one Black, one White, separate and unequal. And
the Kerner Commission revisited their findings 25 years later and saw
that America was worse today than it was in the time of Martin Luther
King, Jr. There's still two Americas, one Black, one White, separate and
unequal.

Abraham Lincoln, when he saw this great divide, he
pondered a solution of separation. Abraham Lincoln said he never was in
favor of our being jurors or having equal status with the Whites of this
nation. Abraham Lincoln said that if there were to be a superior or
inferior, he would rather the superior position be assigned to the White
race. There, in the middle of this mall is the Washington Monument, 555
feet high. But if we put a one in front of that 555 feet, we get 1555,
the year that our first fathers landed on the shores of Jamestown,
Virginia as slaves.

In the background is the Jefferson and
Lincoln Memorial, each one of these monuments is 19 feet high.

Abraham
Lincoln, the sixteenth president. Thomas Jefferson, the third
president, and 16 and three make 19 again. What is so deep about this
number 19? Why are we standing on the Capitol steps today? That number
19 -- when you have a nine you have a womb that is pregnant. And when
you have a one standing by the nine, it means that there's something
secret that has to be unfolded.

Right here on this mall where we
are standing, according to books written on Washington, D.C., slaves
used to be brought right here on this Mall in chains to be sold up and
down the eastern seaboard. Right along this mall, going over to the
White House, our fathers were sold into slavery. But, George Washington,
the first president of the United States, said he feared that before
too many years passed over his head, this slave would prove to become a
most troublesome species of property.

Thomas Jefferson said, he
trembled for this country when he reflected that God was just and that
his justice could not sleep forever. Well, the day that these presidents
feared has now come to pass, for on this mall, here we stand in the
capital of America. and the layout of this great city, laid out by a
Black man, Benjamin Banneker. This is all placed and based in a secret
Masonic ritual. And at the core of the secret of that ritual is the
Black man, not far from here is the White House.

And the first
president of this land, George Washington, who was a grand master of the
Masonic order laid the foundation, the cornerstone of this capitol
building where we stand. George was a slave owner. George was a slave
owner. Now, the President spoke today and he wanted to heal the great
divide. But I respectfully suggest to the President, you did not dig
deep enough at the malady that divides Black and White in order affect a
solution to the problem.

And so, today, we have to deal with the
root so that perhaps a healing can take place.

Now, this obelisk
at the Washington Monument is Egyptian and this whole layout is
reminiscent of our great historic past, Egypt. And, if you look at the
original Seal of the United States, published by the Department of State
in 1909. Gaylord Hunt wrote that late in the afternoon of July 4, 1776,
the Continental Congress resolved that Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Mr. John
Adams, and Mr. Thomas Jefferson be a committee to prepare a device for a
Seal of the United States of America.

In the design proposed by
the first committee, the face of the Seal was a coat of arms measured in
six quarters. That number is significant. Six quarters, with emblems
representing England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Holland,
the countries from which the new nation had been peopled. The eye of
providence in a radiant triangle and the motto, "E Pluribus Unum" were
also proposed for the face of the Seal. Even the country was populated
by so-called Indians and Black Slaves were brought to build the country,
the official Seal of the country was never designed to reflect our
presence, only that of the European immigrants. The Seal and the
Constitution reflect the thinking of the founding fathers, that this was
to be a nation by White people and for White people. Native Americans,
Blacks, and all other non-White people were to be the burden bearers for
the real citizens of this nation.

For the back of the Seal the
committee suggested a picture of Pharoah sitting in an open chariot with
a crown on his head and a sword in his hand, passing through the
divided waters of the Red Sea, in pursuit of the Israelites. And,
hovering over the sea was to be shown a pillar of fire in a cloud,
expressive of the divine presence and command.

And raised from
this pillar of fire were to be shown, beaming down on Moses standing on
the shore, extending his hand over the sea, causing it to overwhelm
Pharoah.

The motto for the reverse was, "Rebellion To Tyrants Is
Obedience To God." Let me say it again. Rebellion is obedience to God.
Now, why did they mention Pharaoh? I heard the President say to today E
Pluribus Unum -- out of many, one.

But in the past, out of many
comes one meant out of many Europeans come one people. The question
today is, out of the many Asians, the many Arabs, the many Native
Americans, the many Blacks, the many people of color who populate this
country. Do you mean for them to be made into the one?

If so,
truth has to be spoken to justice. We can't cover things up. Cover them
over. Give it a pretty sound to make people feel good. We have to go to
the root of the problem. Now, why have you come today?

You came
not at the call of Louis Farrakhan, but you have gathered here at the
call of God. For it is only the call of Almighty God, no matter through
whom that call came, that could generate this kind of outpouring. God
called us here to this place. At this time. For a very specific reason.

And
now, I want to say, my brothers -- this is a very pregnant moment.
Pregnant with the possibility of tremendous change in our status in
America and in the world. And although the call was made through me,
many have tried to distance the beauty of this idea from the person
through whom the idea and the call was made.

Some have done it
mistakenly. And others have done it in a malicious and vicious manner.
Brothers and sisters, there is no human being through whom God brings an
idea that history doesn't marry the idea with that human being no
matter what defect was that human being's character.

You can't
separate Newton from the law that Newton discovered, nor can you
separate Einstein from the theory of relativity. It would be silly to
try to separate Moses from the Torah or Jesus from the Gospel or
Muhammad from the Koran.

When you say Farrakhan, you ain't no
Moses, you ain't no Jesus, and you're not no Muhammad. You have a defect
in your character.

Well, that certainly may be so, however,
according to the way the Bible reads, there is no profit of God written
of in the Bible that did not have a defect in his character. But, I have
never heard any member of the faith of Judaism separate David from the
Psalms, because of what happened in David's life and you're never
separated Solomon from the building of the Temple because they say he
had a thousand concubines, and you never separated any of the Great
Servants of God.

So today, whether you like it or not, God
brought the idea through me and he didn't bring it through me because my
heart was dark with hatred and anti-semitism, he didn't bring it
through me because my heart was dark and I'm filled with hatred for
White people and for the human family of the planet. If my heart were
that dark, how is the message so bright, the message so clear, the
response so magnificent?

So, we stand here today at this historic
moment. We are standing in the place of those who couldn't make it here
today. We are standing on the blood of our ancestors. We are standing
on the blood of those who died in the middle passage, who died in the
fields and swamps of America, who died hanging from trees in the South,
who died in the cells of their jailers, who died on the highways and who
died in the fratricidal conflict that rages within our community. We
are standing on the sacrifice of the lives of those heroes, our great
men and women that we today may accept the responsibility that life
imposes upon each traveler who comes this way.

We must accept the
responsibility that God has put upon us, not only to be good husbands
and fathers and builders of our community, but God is now calling upon
the despised and the rejected to become the cornerstone and the builders
of a new world.

And so, our brief subject today is taken from
the American Constitution. In these words, Toward a more union. Toward a
more perfect union.

Now, when you use the word more with
perfect, that which is perfect is that which has been brought to
completion. So, when you use more perfect, you're either saying that
what you call perfect is perfect for that stage of its development but
not yet complete. When Jefferson said, "toward a more perfect union," he
was admitting that the union was not perfect, that it was not finished,
that work had to be done. And so we are gathered here today not to bash
somebody else.

We're not gathered here to say, all of the evils
of this nation. But we are gathered here to collect ourselves for a
responsibility that God is placing on our shoulders to move this nation
toward a more perfect union. Now, when you look at the word toward,
toward, it means in the direction of, in furtherance or partial
fulfillment of, with the view to obtaining or having shortly before
coming soon, eminent, going on in progress. Well, that's right. We're in
progress toward a perfect union. Union means bringing elements or
components into unity.

It is something formed by uniting two or
more things. It is a number of persons, states, etcetera, which are
joined or associated together for some common purpose. We're not here to
tear down America. America is tearing itself down. We are here to
rebuild the wasted cities. What we have in the word toward is motion.
The honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that motion is the first law of
the universe. This motion which takes us from one point to another shows
that we are evolving and we are a part of a universe that is ever
evolving.

We are on an evolutionary course that will bring us to
perfect or completion of the process toward a perfect union with God. In
the word toward there is a law and that law is everything that is
crated is in harmony with the law of evolution, change. Nothing is
standing still.

It is either moving toward perfection or moving
toward disintegration. Or under certain circumstances doing both things
at the same time. The word for this evolutionary changing affecting
stage after stage until we reach perfection. In Arabic it is called
Rhab. And from the word Rhab you get the Rhaby, or teacher, one who
nourishes a people from one stage and brings them to another stage.
Well, if we are in motion and we are, motion toward perfection and we
are, there can be no motion toward perfection without the Lord, who
created the law of evolution.

And is the master of the changes.
Our first motion then must be toward the God, who created the law of the
evolution of our being. And if our motion toward him is right and
proper, then our motion toward a perfect union with each other and
government and with the peoples of the world will be perfected. So, let
us start with a process leading to that perfect union must first be
seen. Now, brothers and sisters, the day of atonement is established by
God to help us achieve a closer tie with the source of wisdom,
knowledge, understanding and power.

For it is only through a
closer union or tie with him, who created us all, with him who has power
over all things that we can draw power, knowledge, wisdom and
understanding from him, that we maybe enable to change the realities of
our life. A perfect union with God is the idea at the base of atonement.
Now, atonement demands of us eight steps, in fact, atonement is the
fifth step in an eight stage process.

Look at our division, not
here, out there. We are a people, who have been fractured, divided and
destroyed because of our division now must move toward a perfect union.
But let's look at a speech delivered by a White slave holder on the
banks of the James River in 1712.

Sixty-eight years before our
former slave masters permitted us to join the Christian faith. Listen to
what he said. He said, "In my bag I have a fool proof method of
controlling black slaves. I guarantee everyone of you, if installed
correctly, it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method
is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I have
outlined a number of differences among the slaves and I take these
differences and I make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for
control purposes."

I want you to listen. What are those three
things? Fear, envy, distrust. For what purpose? Control. To control who?
The slave. Who is the slave? Us. Listen, he said, "These methods have
worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and they will work
throughout the south.

Now, take this simple little list and think
about it. On the top of my list is age. But it's only there because it
starts with an A. And the second is color or shade. There's
intelligence, sex, size of plantation, status of plantation, attitude of
owners, whether the slaves live in the valley or on a hill, north,
east, south or west, have fine hair or course hair, or is tall or short.

Now
that you have a list of differences I shall give you an outline of
action. But before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger
than trust. And envy is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration.

The
black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry it on and
will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years.
Maybe thousands of years. Now don't forget, you must pitch the old black
male against the young black male. And the young black male against the
old black male.

You must use the female against the male. And
you must use the male against the female. You must use the dark skinned
slave against the light skinned slave. And the light skinned slave
against the dark skinned slave.

You must also have your white
servants and overseers distrust all blacks. But it is necessary that
your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect, and trust
only us.

"Gentlemen, these keys are your keys to control. Use
them. Never miss an opportunity. And if used intensely for one year, the
slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful. Thank you,
gentlemen." End of quote. So spoke Willie Lynch 283 years ago.

And
so, as a consequence, we as a people now have been fractured, divided
and destroyed, filled with fear, distrust and envy. Therefore, because
of fear, envy and distrust of one another, many of us as leaders,
teachers, educators, pastors and persons are still under the control
mechanism of our former slave masters and their children.

And
now, in spite of all that division, in spite of all that divisiveness.
we responded to a call and look at what is present here today. We have
here those brothers with means and those who have no means. Those who
are light and those who are dark. Those who are educated, those who are
uneducated. Those who are business people, those who don't know anything
about business. Those who are young, those who are old. Those who are
scientific, those who know nothing of science. Those who are religious
and those who are irreligious. Those who are Christian, those who are
Muslim, those who are Baptist, those who are Methodist, those who are
Episcopalian, those of traditional African religion. We've got them all
here today.

And why did we come? We came because we want to move
toward a more perfect union. And if you notice, the press triggered
every one of those divisions. You shouldn't come, you're a Christian.
That's a Muslim thing. You shouldn't come, you're too intelligent to
follow Hate! You shouldn't come, look at what they did, they excluded
women, you see? They played all the cards, they pulled all the strings.

Oh,
but you better look again, Willie. There's a new Black man in America
today. A new Black woman in America today. Now Brothers, there's a
social benefit of our gathering here today. That is, that from this day
forward, we can never again see ourselves through the narrow eyes of the
limitation of the boundaries of our own fraternal, civic, political,
religious, street organization or professional organization. We are
forced by the magnitude of what we see here today, that whenever you
return to your cities and you see a Black man, a Black woman, don't ask
him what is your social, political or religious affiliation, or what is
your status? Know that he is your brother.

You must live beyond
the narrow restrictions of the divisions that have been imposed upon us.
Well, some of us are here because it's history making. Some of us are
here because it's a march through which we ca express anger and rage
with America for what she has and is doing to us. So, we're here for
many reasons but the basic reason while this was called was for
atonement and reconciliation. So, it is necessary for me in as short of
time as possible to give as full an explanation of atonement as
possible.

As I said earlier, atonement is the fifth stage in an
eight stage process. So, let's go back to the first stage of the process
that brings us into perfect union with God. And the first stage is the
most difficult of all because when we are wrong, and we are not aware of
it, someone has to point out the wrong. I want to, I want to say this
again, but I want to say it slowly. And I really want each one of these
points to sink in. How many of us in this audience, at some time or
another have been wrong? Would we just raise our hands?

OK. Now,
when we are wrong, Lord knows we want to be right. The most difficult
thing is when somebody points it out do we accept it, do we reject it,
do we hate the person who pointed out our wrong. How do we treat the
person who points out our wrong? Now, I want you to follow me. When you
go to a doctor, you're not feeling well, the doctor says, what's wrong?
Well, I don't know, doc. Well, where is the pain? Tell me something
about the symptoms. You want the doctor to make a correct diagnosis. You
don't smack the doctor when he points out what's wrong.

You
don't hate the doctor when he points out what's wrong. You say, thank
you, doctor. What's my prescription for healing? We all right? Now,
look, whoever is entrusted with the task of pointing out wrong,
depending on the nature of the circumstances is not always loved.

In
fact, more than likely, that person is going to be hated and
misunderstood. Such persons are generally hated because no one wants to
be shown as being wrong. Particularly when you're dealing with
governments, with principalities, with powers, with rulers, with
administrations. When you're dealing with forces which have become
entrenched in their evil, intractable and unyielding their power
produces an arrogance. And their arrogance produces a blindness. And out
of that evil state of mind, they will do all manner of evil to the
person who points out their wrong. Even though you're doing good for
them by pointing out where America went wrong.

Now, Martin Luther
King, Jr. was probably the most patriotic Americans. More patriotic
George Washington. More patriotic than Thomas Jefferson. More patriotic
than many of the presidents because he had the courage to point out what
was wrong in the society. And because he pointed out what was wrong, he
was ill spoken of, vilified, maligned, hated and eventually, murdered.

Brother
Malcolm had that same road to travel. He pointed out what was wrong in
the society and he had to suffer for pointing out what was wrong and he
ultimately died on the altar for pointing out what was wrong. Inside the
Nation, outside the Nation, to the greater nation and to the smaller
nation.

We talking about moving toward a perfect union. Well,
pointing out fault, pointing out our wrongs is the first step.

The
second step is to acknowledge. Oh, thank you. Oh, man, I'm wrong. To
acknowledge means to admit the existence, the reality or the truth of
some reality. It is to recognize as being valid. Or having force and
power. It is to express thanks, appreciation, or gratitude. So in this
context, the word acknowledgement to be in a state of recognition of the
truth of the fact that we have been wrong. This is the second step.

Well,
the third step is that after you know you're wrong and you acknowledge
it to yourself, who else knows it except you confess it. You say, well,
yeah, all right. But who should I confess to? And why should I confess?

And
why should I confess? The Bible says confession is good for the soul.
Now, brothers I know, I don't have a lot of time, but the soul is the
essence of a person's being. And when the soul is covered with guilt
from sin and wrongdoing, the mind and the actions of the person reflect
the condition of the soul. So, to free the soul or the essence of man
from its burden, one must acknowledge one's wrong, but then one must
confess.

The Holy Koran says it like this: I've been greatly
unjust to myself, and I confess my faults. So grant me protection
against all my faults, for none grants protection against faults but
Thee. It is only through confession that we can be granted protection
from the consequences of our faults.

For every deed has a
consequence. And we can never be granted protection against the faults
that we refuse to acknowledge or that we are unwilling to confess. So,
look. Who should you confess to? I don't want to confess. Who should you
confess to? Who should I confess to? Who should we confess to? First,
you confess to God. And everyone of us that are here today, that knows
that we have done wrong. We have to go to God and speak to Him in the
privacy of our rooms and confess. He already knows, but when you
confess, you're relieving your soul of the burden that it bears.

But,
then, the hardest part is to go to the person or persons whom your
faults have ill-affected and confess to them. That's hard. That's hard.
But, if we want a perfect union, we have to confess the fault. Well,
what happens after confession? There must be repentance. When you
repent, you feel remorse or contrition or shame for the past conduct
which was and is wrong and sinful. It means to feel contrition or
self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do.

And, it is
the experiencing of such regret for past conduct that involves the
changing of our mind toward that sin. So, until we repent and feel sick,
sorry over what we have done, we can never, never change our minds
toward that thing. And if you don't repent, you'll do it over and over
and over again. But to stop it where it is, and Black men, we got to
stop what we're doing where it is. We cannot continue the destruction of
our lives and the destruction of our community. But that change can't
come until we feel sorry.

I heard my brother from the West Coast
say today, I atone to the mothers for the death of the babies caused by
our senseless slaughter of one another. See, when he feels sorry deep
down inside, he's going to make a change.

That man has a change
in his mind. That man has a change in his heart. His soul has been
unburdened and released from the pain of that sin, but you got to go one
step further, because after you've acknowledged it, confessed it,
repented, you've come to the fifth stage. Now, you've got to do
something about it.

Now, look brother, sisters. Some people don't
mind confessing. Some people don't mind making some slight repentance.
But, when it comes to doing something about the evil that we've done we
fall short.

But, atonement means satisfaction or reparation for a
wrong or injury. It means to make amends. It means penance, expiation,
compensation and recompense made or done for an injury or wrong.

So,
atonement means we must be willing to do something in expiation of our
sins so we can't just have a good time today, and say we made history in
Washington. We've got to resolve today that we're going back home to do
something about what's going on in our lives and in our families and in
our communities.

Now, we all right? Can you hang with me a few
more? Now, brothers and sisters, if we make atonement it leads to the
sixth stage. And the sixth stage is forgiveness. Now, so many of us want
forgiveness, but we don't want to go through the process that leads to
it. And so, when we say we forgive, we forgive from our lips, but we
have never pardoned in the heart.

So, the injury still remains.
My dear family. My dear brothers. We need forgiveness. God is always
ready to forgive us for our sins. Forgiveness means to grant pardon for,
or remission of, an offense or sin. It is to absolve, to clear, to
exonerate and to liberate. Boy, that's something!

See, you're not
liberated until you can forgive. You're not liberated from the evil
effect of our own sin until we can ask God for forgiveness and then
forgive others, and this is why in the Lord's Prayer you say, forgive us
our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

So,
it means to cease, to feel offense and resentment against another for
the harm done by an offender. It means to wipe the slate clean. And
then, that leads to the seventh stage. You know, I like to liken this to
music. Because in music, the seventh note is called a leading tone. Do,
re, me, fa, so, la, te..You can't stop there. Te.

It leaves you
hung up, te. What you got to get back to? Doe. So, whatever you started
with when you reach the eight note, you're back to where you started
only at a higher vibration. Now, look, at this. The seventh tone, the
leading tone that leads to the perfect union with God is reconciliation
and restoration because after forgiveness, now, we are going to be
restored to what? To our original position. To restore, to reconcile
means to become friendly, peaceable again, to put hostile persons into a
state of agreement or harmony, to make compatible or to compose or
settle what it was that made for division.

It means to resolve
differences. It can mean to establish or re- establish a close
relationship between previously hostile persons. So, restoration means
the act of returning something to an original or un-impaired condition.
Now, when you're backed to an impaired position, you have reached the
eighth stage, which is perfect union. And when we go through all these
steps, there is no difference between us, that we can't heal. There's a
balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul. There is a balm in Gilead to
make the wounded whole.

We are a wounded people but we're being
healed, but President Clinton, America is also wounded. And there's
hostility now in the great divide between the people. Socially the
fabric of America is being torn a part and it's black against black,
black against white, white against white, white against black, yellow
against brown, brown against yellow. We are being torn a part. And we
can't gloss it over with nice speeches, my dear, Mr. President.

Sir,
with all due respect, that was a great speech you made today. And you
praised the marchers and they're worthy of praise. You honored the
marchers and they are worthy of honor. But of course, you spoke ill
indirectly of me, as a purveyor of malice and hatred.

I must
hasten to tell you, Mr. President, that I'm not a malicious person, and
I'm not filled with malice. But, I must tell you that I come in the
tradition of the doctor who has to point out, with truth, what's wrong.
And the pain is that power has made America arrogant. Power and wealth
has made America spiritually blind and the power and the arrogance of
America makes you refuse to hear a child of your slaves pointing out the
wrong in your society.

But, I think if you could clear the
scales from your eyes, sir, and give ear to what we say, perhaps, oh
perhaps, what these great speakers who spoke before me said, and my
great and wonderful brother, the Reverend Jesse Jackson said, and
perhaps, just perhaps from the children of slaves might come a solution
to this Pharaoh and this Egypt as it was with Joseph when they had to
get him out of prison and wash him up and clean him up because Pharaoh
had some troubling dreams that he didn't have any answer to. And he
called his soothsayers and he called the people that read the stars and
he called all his advisors, but nobody could help him to solve the
problem. But he had to go to the children of slaves, because he heard
that there was one in prison who knew the interpretation of dreams. And
he said bring him, bring him and let me hear what he has to say.

God
has put it for you in the scriptures, Mr. President. Balshasar and
Nebuchadnezer couldn't read the handwriting on the wall. But, Daniel had
to read the handwriting for him. Manne, manne, tek elauhu phossen (PH)
(your kingdom has been weighed in the balance and has been found
wanting).

Do you want a solution to the dilemma that America
faces? Then, don't look at our skin color, because racism will cause you
to reject salvation if it comes in the skin of a black person. Don't
look at the kinkiness of our hair and the broadness of our nose and the
thickness of our lips, but listen to the beat of our hearts and the
pulsating rhythm of the truth. Perhaps, perhaps, you might be as wise as
that Pharaoh and save this great nation.

And so, the eighth
stage is perfect union with god. And in the Koran, it reads. "Oh soul
that is at rest, well pleased with thy lord and well pleasing." Oh,
brothers, brothers, brothers, you don't know what its like to be free.
Freedom can't come from white folks. Freedom can't come from staying
here and petitioning this great government. We're here to make a
statement to the great government, but not to beg them. Freedom cannot
come from no one but the god who can liberate the soul from the burden
of sin. And this is why Jesus said "come unto me", not some who are
heavy laden, "but all that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".

But
listen, all of these eight steps take place in a process called time.
And whenever a nation is involved in sin to the point that god intends
to judge and destroy that nation, he always sends someone to make that
nation or people know their sins, to reflect on it, to acknowledge, to
confess, to repent and to atone that they might find forgiveness with
god. America, oh America. This great city of Washington is like
Jerusalem. And the Bible says "Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, you that stoneth
and killith the prophets of God."

Right from this beautiful
Capitol and from the beautiful White House have come commands to kill
the prophets. David's trouble came from this house. Martin Luther King's
trouble came from this house. Malcolm's trouble came from this house.
W. E. B. Dubois' trouble came from this house. And from this house, you
stoned and killed the prophets of God that would have liberated Black
people, liberated America. But I stand here today knowing, knowing that
you are angry. That have my people have validated me. I don't need you
to validate me.

I don't need to be in any mainstream.

I
want to wash in the river of Jordan and the river that you see and the
sea that is before us and behind us and around us.

It's
validation. That's the mainstream. You're out of touch with reality. A
few of you in a few smoke-filled rooms, calling that the mainstream
while the masses of the people, white and black, red, yellow, and brown,
poor and vulnerable are suffering in this nation.

Well, America,
great America. Like Jerusalem that stoned and killed the prophets of
God. That a work has been done in you today unlike any work that's ever
been done in this great city. I wonder what you'll say tomorrow?

I
wonder what you'll write in your newspapers and magazines, tomorrow.
Will you give God the glory? Will you give God the glory? Will you
respect the beauty of this day? All of these black men that the world
sees as savage, maniacal, and bestial. Look at them. A sea of peace. A
sea of tranquility. A sea of men ready to come back to God. Settle their
differences and go back home to turn our communities into decent and
safe places to live.

America. America, the beautiful. There's no
country like this on the earth. And certainly if I lived in another
country, I might never have had the opportunity to speak as I speak
today. I probably would have been shot outright and so would my brother,
Jesse, and so would Maulana Karenga and so would Dr. Ben Chavis and
Reverend Al Sharpton and the wonderful people that are here.

But
because this is America you allow me to speak even though you don't like
what I may say. Because this is America, that provision in the
constitution for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and freedom
of religion, that is your saving grace.

Because what you're under
right now is grace. And grace is the expression of divine love and
protection which God bestows freely on people.

God is angry,
America. He's angry, but His mercy is still present. Brothers and
sisters look at the inflictions that have come upon us in the black
community. Do you know why we're being afflicted? God wants us to humble
ourselves to the message that will make us atone and come back to Him
and make ourselves whole again. But why is God afflicting America? Why
is God afflicting the world? Why did Jesus say there would be wars and
rumors of wars, and earthquakes in diverse places and pestilence and
famine, and why did He say that these were just the beginning of
sorrows?

In the last ten years America has experienced more
calamities than at any other time period in American history. Why
America? God is angry. He's not angry because you're right. He's angry
because you're wrong and you want to stone and kill the people who want
to make you see you're wrong. And so, the Bible says Elijah must first
come. Why should Elijah come? Elijah has the job of turning the hearts
of the children back to their fathers, and the father's heart back to
the children. Elijah becomes an axis upon which people turn back to God
and God turns back to the people. And that's why it said Elijah must
first come. And so, here we are, 400 years, fulfilling Abraham's
prophecy.

Some of our friends in the religious community have
said, why should you take atonement? That was for the children of
Israel. I say yes, it was. But atonement for the children of Israel
prefigured our suffering here in America. Israel was in bondage to
Pharaoh 400 years. We've been in America 440 years. They were under
affliction. We're under affliction. They're under oppression. We're
under oppression. God said that nation which they shall serve, I will
judge. Judgment means God is making a decision against systems, against
institutions, against principalities and powers. And that's why Paul
said, we war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and
powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual
wickedness in high places.

God is sending his decision. I can't
help it. If I've got to make the decision known. You don't understand
me. My people love me.

And yet, I point out the evils of Black
people like no other leader does, but my people don't call me
anti-Black, because they know I must love them in order to point out
what's wrong so we can get it right to come back into the favor of God!

But,
let me say in truth, you can't point out wrong with malice. You can't
point out wrong with hatred. Because, if we point out wrong with
bitterness and hatred, then the bitterness and the hatred becomes a
barrier between you and the person whom you hope to get right, that they
might come into the favor of God.

So, we ask Muslims who, in our
first stage, yeah, we pointed out the wrong of America, but we didn't
point it out with no love, we point it out with the pain of our hurt.
The pain of our suffering. The bitterness of our life story. But, we
have grown beyond our bitterness. We have transcended beyond our pain.
Why? It's easy for us to say, the White man did this, the White man
that, the White man did the other, he deprived us of that. He killed the
Indians. He did this. Yes, he did all of that.

But, why did God
let him do that? That's the bigger question. And since we are not man
enough to question God, we start beating up on the agent who is
fulfilling prophesy. But, if we can transcend our pain to get up into
God's mind, and ask God, God, why did you let our fathers come into
bondage? God, why did you let us die in the Middle Passage? God, why did
you suffer us to be in the hull of ships? God, why did you let him lash
us, why did you let him beat us, why did you let him castrate us? Why
did you let him hang us? Why did you let him burn us? Why, God, why,
why, why?

We got a right to question God. That's the only way we
can become wise. And if we question him like Job did, God may bring you
up into his own thinking.

And if God were to answer us today he
would say to Black people, yes, I allowed this to happen. And I know you
suffered, but Martin King, my servant, said it, undeserved suffering is
redemptive.

A whole world is lost, not just you Black people. A
whole world has gone out of the way, not just you Black people. You the
lost sheep, but the whole world is lost. You the bottom rail, but the
one that put the you on the bottom is in the bottom with you holding you
down. He's in the bottomless pit himself.

He said, Black Man, I
love you. He said, but God, I mean, that's a heck of a way to show me
you love me. He said, but I love my son. I love Jesus more than I love
any of our servants. But I had a cross for him. I had nails for him. I
had him to be rejected and despised. I had him falsely accused and
brought before the courts of men. I had them spit on him. I had them to
pierce his side. But, I loved him more than anybody else. Why, God?! Why
did you do it? Why?

He said, I did it that I might be glorified,
because like Jew, no matter what I did to him, he never cursed me, he
never said My God ain't no good. He said whatever your will is, that's
what I want to do and that's why, even though he descended into Hell, I
have raised him to the limitless heights of Heaven, because only those
who know the depths of Hell can appreciate the limitless heights of
Heaven.

And so, my children, I caused you to suffer in the
furnace of affliction so that I might purify you and resurrect you from a
grave of death and ignorance. I, God, put in your soul, not a law
written on stone, but I have written the law on the tablets of your
heart.

So, I'm going to make a new covenant with you. Oh, Black
Man. The secret of the Masonic Order is the secret of Hiram Abiff . The
secret of the Masonic Order is a master builder that was hit in the
head. The secret of the Masonic Order is a master that ruffians roughed
up.

I think one of the ruffians was named Jubilo (ph) Furhman
(ph). And another was named Jubilah (ph) Bilbow (ph). And another one
was named Juilum (ph) Jesse Helms. These racists hit him in his head and
carried him on a westerly course and buried him in the north country,
in a shallow grave. Many tried to raise him up but they didn't have the
master grip. It would take a master to come after him.

And this
is why Matthew said, "as lightening shines from the east, even unto the
west, so shall the coming of the son of man be for whatsoever, the
eagles are gathered together, there shall the carcass be." Here's the
carcass, the remains of a once mighty people, dry bones in the valley, a
people slain from the foundation of the world. But God has sent the
winds to blow on the bones. One of those winds is named Gingrich. And
the companion wind is named Dole.

And the other is called Supreme
Court decision. The other is fratricidal conflict, drugs and dope and
violence and crime. But we've had enough now. This is why you're in
Washington today. We've had enough. We've had enough distress, enough
affliction. We're ready to bow down now. If my people, who are called by
my name would just humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their
sins, heal their land.

You are ready now to crime out of your
furnace of affliction. You are ready now to accept the responsibility,
oh, not just of the ghetto. God wants to purify you and lift you up,
that you may call America and the world to repentance. Black man, you
are a master builder, but you got hit in the head.

Black men,
you're the descendants of the builders of the pyramids. But you have
amnesia now. You can't remember how you did it. But the Master has come.
You know, pastors, I love that scripture where Jesus told his
disciples, go there and you'll see an ass and a colt tied with her.
Untie them and bring them to me. If anybody ask you what you're doing,
because it may look like you're stealing and you know they are going to
accuse you of stealing, tell them the Master got need of these. And
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass.

The Democratic Party has for
its symbol, a donkey. The donkey stands for the unlearned masses of the
people. But the Democratic Party can't call them asses no more. You got
them all tied up, but you're not using. The donkey is tied up. But can
you get off today? No, I can't get off, I'm tied up. Somebody on your
donkey? Well, yeah. I got a master. He rides me like the Master rode
Balem's (ph) ass, you know. But, hail, the ass is now talking with a
man's voice. And the ass wants to throw the rider off, because he got a
new rider today.

If anybody ask you, tell them the Master has
need. Look at you. Oh, I don't know what the number is. It's too much
for me to count. But I think they said it's a million and a half, or
two. I don't know how many. But you know, I called for a million. When I
saw the word go out my mouth, I looked at it. I said oh my God! It just
came out of my mouth. I didn't know. And after it came out, I said well
I got to go with it. And, I'm so glad I did. People told me you better
change that figure to one more realistic. And I should have changed it
to the Three Million Man March.

Now, we're almost finished. I
want to take one last look at the word atonement.

The first four
letters of the word form the foundation; "a-t-o-n". . . "a-ton",
"a-ton". Since this obelisk in front of us is representative of Egypt.
In the 18th dynasty, a Pharaoh named Akhenaton, was the first man of
this history period to destroy the pantheon of many gods and bring the
people to the worship of one god. And that one god was symbolized by a
sun disk with 19 rays coming out of that sun with hands holding the
Egyptian Ankh - the cross of life. A-ton. The name for the one god in
ancient Egypt. A- ton, the one god. 19 rays. Look at your scripture.

A
woman, remember the nine, means somebody pregnant, with an idea. But,
in this case, its a woman pregnant with a male child destined to rule
the nations with a rod of iron. God is standing over her womb, and this
child will be like the day sun, and he will say "I am the light of the
world." Hands coming out of that sun, come unto me all ye that are heavy
laden. I'm gonna give you rest, but I'm gonna give you life, because I
am the resurrection and the life and if you believe in me, though you
are dead, yet shall you live again.

You're dead, Black man. But
if you believe in the god who created this sun of truth and of light
with 19 rays, meaning he's pregnant with God's spirit, God's life, God's
wisdom. Abraham Lincoln's statue, 19 feet high, 19 feet wide.
Jefferson, 19 feet high, 16 (OFF-MIKE) and the third president, 19.
Standing on the steps of the Capitol, in the light of the sun. Offering
life to a people who are dead.

Black man, the a-ton represents
the one God. In the Koran, Muhammad is called a light giving son. So if
you look at the aton, add an "e" to it, and separate the "a" from the
next four letters and you get the word a tone.

Atone means sound.
And "a", the first letter of the alphabet and the first letter of the
numerical system is one. So "a" equals one. So "a" sound means when you
hear the "a" tone, you will hear the right sound. And when you hear the
right sound from the one God calling you to divine life, you will
respond. So what is the "a" tone? In music, a equals 440 vibrations. How
long have we been in America? Four hundred and forty years.

Well,
in the 440th year, from the one God, the Aton will come the a tone and
all of us got to tune up our lives by the sound of the a tone. Because
we've got to atone for all that we have done wrong. And when you atone,
if you take the "t" and couple it with the "a" and hyphenate it, you get
at one. So when you atone you become at one. At one with who? The Aton
or the one God. Because you heard the a tone and you tuned up your life
and now you're ready to make a new beginning.

So when you get at
one, you get the next two letters. It is "m" "e". Me. Who is it that has
to atone?

(AUDIENCE): Me.

FARRAKHAN: Who went wrong?

(AUDIENCE):
Me.

FARRAKHAN: Who got to fix it?

(AUDIENCE): Me.

FARRAKHAN:
Who should we look to?

(AUDIENCE): Me.

FARRAKHAN: Yes!
And then if you add, if you add another letter to "me" you get an "n".
What does that say?

(AUDIENCE): Men.

FARRAKHAN: So
Farrakhan called men. Why did you call men? Because in the beginning,
God made man. And if we are at a new beginning, we got to make a man all
over again, but make him in the image and the likeness of God.

FARRAKHAN:
Now, if you add the "t" on, you get the suffix "ment." Ment means
action, process. The instrument or agent of an action or process. So
when you say I'm atoning, you got to act on it. You got get in the
process. You got to acknowledge your wrong, confess your wrong. Repent
of your wrong. Atone for your wrong.

Then you'll get forgiveness,
then reconciliation, and restoration. And then you're back to the aton.
Oh, Lord.

Now brothers, let's close it out. Don't move. Don't
move. Don't move. Now you know the Bible says in the 430th year of this
sojourn they went out.

That's in a book called Exodus. Now the
word exodus means departure -- a going out. A way out. What did we come
to Washington for? We didn't come to Washington to petition the
government for a way out of her. But to find a way out of our
affliction. But a way out from something bigger than our affliction. Oh,
man. When you say come out, what do you mean? You've got to come out
from under the mind of a slave. We've got to come out from a mind that
is self-afflicted with the evil of black inferiority. We've got to come
into a new way of thinking.

Now brothers, sisters, I want to
close this lecture with a special message to our President and to the
Congress. There is a great divide, but the real evil in America is not
white flesh, or black flesh. The real evil in America is the idea that
under girds the set up of the western world. And that idea is called
white supremacy.

Now wait, wait, wait. Before you get angry.
Those of you listening by television. You don't even know why you behave
the way you behave.

I'm not telling you I'm a psychiatrist, but
I do want to operate on your head. White supremacy is the enemy of both
White people and Black people because the idea of White supremacy means
you should rule because you're White, that makes you sick. And you've
produced a sick society and a sick world. The founding fathers meant
well, but they said, "toward a more perfect union". So, the Bible says,
we know in part, we prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is
come, that which is in part shall be done away with.

So either,
Mr. Clinton, we're going to do away with the mind-set of the founding
fathers. You don't have to repudiate them like you've asked my brothers
to do me. You don't have to say they were malicious, hate filled people.
But you must evolve out of their mind-set. You see their minds was
limited to those six European nations out of which this country was
founded. But you've got Asians here. How are you going to handle that?
You've got children of Africa here. How are you going to handle that?

You've
got Arabs here. You've got Hispanics here. I know you call them illegal
aliens, but hell, you took Texas from them by flooding Texas with
people that got your mind. And now they're coming back across the border
to what is Northern Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
They don't see themselves as illegal aliens. I think they might see you
as an illegal alien. You have to be careful how you talk to people. You
have to be careful how you deal with people. The Native American is
suffering today. He's suffering almost complete extinction. Now, he
learned about bingo. You taught him. He learned about black jack. You
taught him. He learned about playing roulette. You taught him. Now, he's
making a lot of money. You're upset with him because he's adopted your
ways. What makes you like this? See, you're like this because you're not
well. You're not well. And in the light of today's global village, you
can never harmonize with the Asians. You can't harmonize with the
islands of the Pacific.

You can't harmonize with the dark people
of the world who out number you 11 to one, if you're going to stand in
the mind of white supremacy. White supremacy has to die in order for
humanity to live.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, oh, I know. I know. I
know it's painful, but we have to operate now, just, just take a little
of this morphine and you won't feel the pain as much. You just need to
bite down on something, as I stop this last few minutes, just bite down
on your finger. Listen, listen, listen, listen, white supremacy caused
you all, not you all, some White folk to try to rewrite history and
write us out. White supremacy caused Napoleon to blow the nose off of
the Sphinx because it reminded you too much of the Black man's majesty.

White
supremacy caused you to take Jesus, a man with hair like lambs wool and
feet like burnished brass and make him White. So that you could worship
him because you could never see yourself honoring somebody Black
because of the state of your mind. You see, you, you really need help.
You'll be all right. You'll be all right. You will be all right. Now,
now, now, you painted the Last Supper, everybody there White.

My
mother asked the man that came to bring her the Bible. He said, look
there, the pictures in the Bible. You see, Jesus and all his disciples
are at the Last Supper -- my mother in her West Indian accent said, you
mean ain't nobody Black was at the Last Supper?

(LAUGHTER)

And
the man said, yes, but they was in the kitchen. So now you've whitened
up everything.

FARRAKHAN: Any great invention we made you put
white on it, because you didn't want to admit that a Black person had
that intelligence, that genius. You try to color everything to make it
satisfactory to the sickness of our mind.

So you whitened up
religion, Farrakhan didn't do that. You locked the bible from us,
Farrakhan didn't do that. Your sick mind wouldn't even let you bury us
in the same ground that both of us came out of. We had to be buried
somewhere else, that's sick. Some of us died just to drink water out of a
fountain marked White. That's sick. Isn't it sick?

You poisoned
religion. And in all the churches, until recently, the master was
painted white. So, you had us bowing down to your image. Which
ill-effected our minds. You gave us your version of history. And you
whitened that up. Yes, you did. Yes, you did.

You are a white
Shriner. The black Shriner don't integrate the shrine. Why don't you
black Shriners integrate the shrine? Because in the shrine, you are the
essence of the secret. They don't want you there. They'll have to tell
the world, it's you we been thinking about all along.

Now, white
folks see the reason you could look at the O.J. Simpson trial, in
horror, and the reason blacks folk rejoiced, had nothing to do with the
horror of the tragedy. Black folk would never rejoice over the slaughter
of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

Black folk saw that
with compassion. Many black folk grieve over that reality. You say,
"O.J. sold out." No, he didn't sell out. He was drawn out.

Black
folk that got talent, they all grow up in the "hood." When we first
sing, we sing in these old raunchy night clubs in the "hood."

FARRAKHAN:
When we play sandlot ball, we play it in the "hood." But when you spot
us, you draw us out. You say "that Negro can run. Look at how high he
jumps." So you give us a scholarship to your university. But the blacks
who are in college, who play basketball for you, who play football for
you, who run track for you, you disallow them to get involved with black
students and the suffering of black students on all white campuses. You
hide them away. Give them privileges. Then they find themselves with
your daughter.

Then you take them into the NBA, the NFL, and they
become megastars. Or in the entertainment field and when they become
megastars, their association is no longer black. They may not have a
black manager, a black agent, a black accountant. They meet in parties,
in posh neighborhoods that black folk don't come into. So their
association becomes white women, white men, and association breeds
assimilation. And if you have a slave mentality, you feel you have
arrived now because you can jump over cars, running in airports, playing
in films.

I'm not degrading, my brother, I love him. But he was
drawn out. He didn't sell out, he was drawn out. Michael Jackson is
drawn out. Most of our top stars are drawn out. And then, when you get
them, you imprison them with fear and distrust. You don't want them to
speak out on the issues that are political, that are social. They must
shut their mouths or you threaten to take away their fame, take away
their fortune because you're sick. And the president is not gonna point
this out. He's trying to get well. But he's a physician that can't heal
himself.

I'm almost finished. White supremacy has poisoned the
bloodstream of religion, education, politics, jurisprudence, economics,
social ethics and morality.

FARRAKHAN: And there is no way that
we can integrate into white supremacy and hold our dignity as human
being because if we integrate into that, we become subservient to that.
And to become subservient to that is to make the slave master
comfortable with his slave. So, we got to come out of her my people.
Come out of a system and a world that is built on the wrong idea. An
idea that never can create a perfect union with God.

The false
idea of white supremacy prevents anyone from becoming one with God.
White people have to come out of that idea, which has poisoned them into
a false attitude of superiority based on the color of their skins. The
doctrine of white supremacy disallows whites to grow to their full
potential. It forces White people to see themselves as the law or above
the law. And that's why Furhman could say that he is like a god. See, he
thinks like that, but that idea is pervasive in police departments
across the country. And it's getting worse and not better because white
supremacy is not being challenged.

And I say to all of us who are
leaders, all of us who are preachers, we must not shrink from the
responsibility of pointing our wrong, so that we can be comfortable and
keep White people comfortable in their alienation from God. And so,
white folks are having heart attacks today because their world is coming
down. And if you look at the Asians, the Asians have the fastest
growing economies in the world. The Asians are not saying, bashing white
people. You don't find the Asians saying the white man is this, the
white man is that, the white man is the other.

He don't talk like
that. You know what he does? He just relocates the top banks from Wall
Streets to Tokyo. He don't say, I'm better than the white man. He just
starts building his world and building his economy and challenging white
supremacy. I saw a young 14 year old Chinese girl the other day play
the violin.

FARRAKHAN: Sarah Chang is her name. She was
magnificent. I saw a young Japanese girl, Midori, play the violin. She
was magnificent. They don't have to say to white people, I'm better than
you. They just do their thing. And white folk have to readjust their
thinking, because they thought that they could master all of these
instruments and nobody else could, but the Chinese are mastering it, the
Japanese are mastering it. All these things are breaking up the mind of
White supremacy.

Black man, you don't have to bash white people,
all we gotta do is go back home and turn our communities into
productive places. All we gotta do is go back home and make our
communities a decent and safe place to live. And if we start dotting the
Black community with businesses, opening up factories, challenging
ourselves to be better than we are, White folk, instead of driving by,
using the "N" word, they'll say, look, look at them. Oh, my God. They're
marvelous. They're wonderful. We can't, we can't say they're inferior
anymore. But, every time we drive by shoot, every time we carjack, every
time we use foul, filthy language, every time we produce culturally
degenerate films and tapes, putting a string in our women's backside and
parading them before the world, every time we do things like this we
are feeding the degenerate mind of white supremacy and I want us to stop
feeding that mind and let that mind die a natural death.

And so,
to all the artists that are present, you wonderful gifted artists,
remember that your gift comes from God. And David the Psalmist said,
praise him on the tumbrel, praise him on the lute, praise him on the
harp, praise him in the sultry, praise in the song, praise him in the
dance, let everything be a praise of God.

So, when you sing, you
don't have to get naked to sing. Demonstrate your gift, not your breast.
Demonstrate your gift, not what is
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Re: 7 Ways to Use Humor to Make New Friends

Post by cat on Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:21 am

amberchen - if you insist on posting some diatribe here, please provide a link or at least credit the people who wrote it.

http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2010/07/15/how-to-make-new-friends/

Ed: ditto

http://books.google.com/books?id=KkWbYIfL9hwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22Ripples+of+Hope%22&source=bl&ots=RRZKFlmZYo&sig=tQOtWa3FEVbJU5tgHSyzAozFMDg&hl=en&ei=HfNGTOWrFsP68AbaosjZBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false

and

http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=Farrakhan_enloe_HS_06_ul


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Re: 7 Ways to Use Humor to Make New Friends

Post by Saint John on Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:49 am

#8 ... tell them you like Journey. That always makes people howl with laughter when I tell them.
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Re: 7 Ways to Use Humor to Make New Friends

Post by natalie on Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:32 pm

Saint John wrote:#8 ... tell them you like Journey. That always makes people howl with laughter when I tell them.

Are those your own words or do you, also, need to cite a source, Dan?

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Re: 7 Ways to Use Humor to Make New Friends

Post by Kate on Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:19 am

Offspring of Phallus?

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