It seems that extremist religious ideologies occasionally make for strange bedfellows. This is certainly the case with the strange alliance between the Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam. It's no secret that Scientology hasn't gone out of its way to court African Americans. Of course, Isaak Hayes was a noted token member and for a short time Will Smith flirted with the church, but considering L. Ron Hubbard's many racist statements regarding African Americans, it's no surprise that few have joined.
Meanwhile, however, thanks to kickbacks offered by the Church of Scientology, several members of the Nation of Islam are getting "auditing counseling" from COS. Louis Farrakhan personally receives commissions for each member of his church that signs up for courses or auditing from COS. As a result, for once, he is encouraging his members to solicit services and pay exorbitant fees to "the white devil."
Thanks to documentaries like Inside Scientology and the A&E series Scientology: The Aftermath, more people than ever are aware of the many waves of abuse of the church. From child abuse and child labor to forced abortions and enslavement in the Scientologist prisons, COS is noted for its vicious actions towards its own members and those who speak out against them.
Farrakhan who made the news recently for his relationship with several founders of the Women’s March and vocal anti-Semitism has been a part of the Scientology family for years now. The connection between COS and NOI was first publicized by noted Scientology watchdog, Tony Ortega in the Village Voice:
<blockquote>We’ve been watching warily as members of the Nation of Islam are spending their spare time with e-meters, engrams, and the writings of L. Ron Hubbard. Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman! Over the last few years, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has been encouraging his members to read Hubbard’s book Dianetics, and even to get enough training in Scientology to become auditors.</blockquote>
That was in 2007 but by 2010 hundreds of NOI members took a pilgrimage to receive a weekend seminar in Dianetics, the book by L. Ron Hubbard that outlines the core tenets of the science fiction author's "theology." At the end of the seminar, Farrakhan announced he wanted all those present to get certified as auditors in the church.
As of October last year, The Church of Scientology even honored Nation of Islam's Tony Muhammed with their Freedom Award in recognition of his "humanitarian" efforts. Many members of the NOI are even becoming practicing Minister and Ministers-in-Training with COS. Farrakhan receives a 10% commission on all Scientology auditing and 15% commission on all Scientology courses. Bear in mind, practically nothing in Scientology is free and very little is affordable even when you don't take into account the value (or lack thereof) of the services offered.
Last year Farrakhan gave a keynote address to members of the Nation of Islam. After quoting the Koran he went into another (paid) endorsement of the cult:
<blockquote>“I’m just setting the record straight. I’m not a Scientologist but I respect L. Ron Hubbard. I know that this is the time that they’re making an all out move to destroy Scientology. But what I ask Mrs. Remmy, or whatever her name is, she’s going in hard. She’s hurt, by something.”</blockquote>
The Scientology cult has been hit hard in recent years and is likely having difficulties paying the exorbitant lawyer fees and keeping up with cult leader David Miscaviges extravagant lifestyle. At least one Scientology insider has theorized that the Nation of Islam may be the source of the greatest number of new recruits at this point.