Bill de Blasio's inauguration was marred by ugly talk about plantations and slave blocks. But it was also marred by an appearance by Imam Askia Muhammad of the Department of Corrections.
Imam Askia Muhammad was chosen as a prison chaplain to deliver a prayer, which he did, beginning by praising Bill De Blasio and urged that "the needs of the people be treated as holy". It was a boilerplate invocation of Bill de Blasio's agenda. But less remarked upon was who the Imam was.
The Department of Corrections' chaplain got his start in the Nation of Islam and eventually joined Wallace Deen Mohammed's more conventionally Islamic, American Society of Muslims, (aka American Muslim Mission) which had more Mohammed and fewer UFOs and mad scientists than conventional Nation of Islam theology.