Jew-hate outlier… right?
Posted by Ron Coleman on February 14, 2008
“Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the JEWS HATE Jesus,” blares the flier, which Cohen himself received in the mail — inducing gasps — last week.
Circulated by an African-American minister from Murfreesboro Tenn., which isn’t even in Cohen’s district, the literature encourages other black leaders in Memphis to “see to it that one and ONLY one black Christian faces this opponent of Christ and Christianity in the 2008 election.”
I really don’t think this is really our problem — black antisemitism via the classical “they killed Jesus” trope. This guy just sounds like a nut. Natch Senator Obama will take care of this appropriately and disclaim any interest in such “support.” Some of his (and of course Michelle‘s!) best friends are Jews.
On the other hand, this does kind of make you think. The Reverend Al Sharpton brought us the “outside interlopers” trope. The Reverend Jesse Jackson brought us “Hymietown.” Well, as I said — Senator Obama is supposed to represent a new style of black leadership. I like the man (though think he’s not experienced enough for the job) if not his politics — I’m looking forward to see how he does indeed deal with challenges like this. (Will Hillary try to beat him to the punch? She’s had her issues with us, too — Dick Morris, call your office! — but since becoming a New York politician she’s also played the “I might kind of be one myself” card.)
By the way, we don’t really hate Jesus. I remember when I was in college, and one of my best friends, a Presbyterian, asked me why didn’t worship Jesus. I didn’t know how to answer — the question was so amazing to me. Luckily, my far-more-knowledgeable roommate articulated the answer. “Why would we?” I mean, a lot of Christians don’t grasp this, but Jesus is just not on our screen, you know?
Except mostly when people like these reverend fellows put them there.
Yes, it will be interesting to see how the new-breed black candidate — Jesus himself, actually, right? — deals with it.
UPDATE: Not that Obama is entitled to an automatic pass on every issue of interest to Jews. . .
Noch an UPDATE: Wow, Senator Obama is attracting superstars from all over!