DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan congressman has apologized after attending Louis Farrakhan’s appearance at a Detroit church during which the Nation of Islam leader made anti-Jewish remarks.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers joined Detroit City Council member JoAnn Watson and others at Fellowship Chapel for Farrakhan’s Friday speech.

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The Chicago-based minister denounced “Satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan” that he said controls major U.S. institutions and said President Barack Obama has “surrounded himself with Satan … members of the Jewish community.”

In a statement out Thursday, Conyers said, “Farrakhan made unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements” that Conyers condemns “in the strongest possible terms.”

Conyers’s statement comes one day after the Jewish advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League criticized the Detroit Democrat for failing to counter Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism.

Speaking to WWJ’s Sandra McNeil, Jewish Community Relations Council President Sharon Lipton said she’s glad Conyers apologized, however: “In my personal opinion, he shouldn’t have been there,” Lipton said.

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“I think that people in public office have to be very aware of where they’re going, what they’re doing, and what the perception might be for being in a certain place at a certain time,” she said.

Lipton also pointed out that it took Conyers almost a week to say sorry.

“Probably, that’s not a good thing — but at least he is addressing the issue,” she said.

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