Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Racist Anti-Gay Black Preachers Attacking Rep. Steve Cohen
Once again, racist/anti-gay black preachers are attacking Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09). An anti-Semitic flyer proclaiming Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus is being circulated in the African America churches, apparently by Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, TN. Cohen's challenger in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Nikki Tinker, denies any knowledge or part in the flyer. The Anti-Defamation League condemned the flier for attempting to incite racial tensions between African-Americans and Jews.
Last August Cohen was attacked by the Black Baptist Ministerial Association for supporting the Hate Crimes bill because it would include sexual orientation and cover gays and lesbians. One minister, Robert Poindexter of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church proclaimed, "He's not black and he can't represent me."