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Jew-hate outlier… right?

Posted by Ron Coleman on February 14, 2008

belief.jpgInstapundit reports on the oddest thing in the Washington Post:

“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!

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31 Responses to “Jew-hate outlier… right?”

  1. Ara said

    Natch Senator Obama will take care of this appropriately and disclaim any interest in such “support.”

    Natch.

    Don’t, for a minute, think that this isn’t about Barack Obama’s whispered anti-Israel bias.

    Race excites the base.

  2. […] this piece of jewhating literature a taste of what is to come in the US elections should Obama will the nomination? Then again […]

  3. Sue said

    As I tried to make clear on my post about this same subject, this has nothing to do with Barack Obama being of any particular race. Rather, it’s about his trying to be a leader of the Democratic Party. He has to step up to prove his leadership as well as the fact that this sort of anti-Semitic quasi-political trash has no place in our America (“our” meaning ALL of us). If we want to live in a post-racial society, no candidate has any choice other than to condemn bigotry wherever it rears its ugly head.

  4. Ara Rubyan said

    …no candidate has any choice other than to condemn bigotry wherever it rears its ugly head.

    Says you.

    Says me: Baloney.

    If you’re right, McCain would never have accepted Falwell’s endorsement after Falwell said gays caused 9/11. But he did. Of course, it’s possible that you don’t prefer McCain for that very reason.

    Or is it because McCain DID condemn Falwell in 2000, then turned right around and kissed his butt in 2007.

    Which is it?

  5. Don’t hold your breath. I’m still waiting for Barack to apologize for the black guy who cut me off one the way to work this morning. Spilled my coffee. Not cool. Where’s Barack?! Where’s the outrage!?

  6. Actualy, Serolf, I’m kind of embarrassed. That was me. I only look black in anger.

    But I am sorry.

  7. Kurt said

    There’s a couple interesting paragraphs from Obama’s MLK Day speech that are worth bringing up here. In it, he calls out the black community for various failures, including anti-semitism:

    “And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

    We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.”

    Full text here

  8. Ara said

    I only look black in anger.

    You. Crack. Me. UP!

  9. Ara, you are rather oversimplifying McCain’s (and Falwell’s) comments on the occasions you mention. Cartooning makes for easy memorizing but not for reasonable discussion.

  10. Dr. AGH said

    What the hell does this have to do with Obama besides “It’d be nice if he would say something about a church in Tennessee…” There are lots of things for the candidates to address — I’m sure he would condemn it if he heard about it, but until that happens, there’s simply no Obama angle whatsoever, no matter how much Glenn Reynolds wants there to be.

  11. Dr. AGH said

    The more I think about this, the more obvious it is: This is the leading edge of a GOP effort to smear Obama as anti-Semitic. Mark my words. It starts with this, and it will escalate to “questions” about Obama’s church, and with end with dark insinuations about the madrassah and Farrakhan. Glenn Reynolds can’t get away with the overtly crazy stuff like the commenters on freerepublic.com can, but he can link like crazy to this bogus “Obama” question — and so he has been.

    Mark my words: this is not over. They want people to think Obama’s friends with anti-Semites so they can eventually call him a secret Muslim and terrorist. I guarantee that’s what Instapundit is doing right now. Watch and see the dark side of the conservative movement at work.

  12. Dr. AGH, I am both a Jew and a fairly active conservative, and while my denials will mean nothing to you, I will say this: Accusations of antisemitism will not move too many votes that matter in this election. Liberal Jews will vote for the liberal, and tend to be as alienated as ever from “voting Jewish” since Israel has become a pariah on the left. Politically conservative Jews will vote for a conservative or, in New York, for Mrs. Clinton if she is nominated, who has purchased those votes for good money.

  13. Dr. AGH said

    Ron, that may be so — I happen to think this stuff will backfire — but these insinuations about Obama being an anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, secret Muslim are flying all over freerepublic.com and on the other site Instapundit linked to today about this issue. I quote:

    “Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, is a Louis Farrakhan booster. Obama’s church puts out an anti-semitic afrocentric newsletter that makes the KKK look tolerant.”
    http://sue.polinsky.com/?p=3832

    This is the beginning of the “Obama’s a scary, foreign, madrassa-trained secret Muslim terrorist” meme that is making its way from the conservative fringe into the conservative mainstream, and it’s being distributed by Glenn Reynolds scrupulously maintaining his plausible deniability, as always. If Obama keeps winning, we’ll see more of this kind of stuff aimed squarely at middle America by the likes of Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, and the National Review, Ron.

  14. Mike G in Corvallis said

    Dr. AGH, I don’t give a crap who’s distributing this information. What matters to me is the question of whether it’s true.

    And guess what? Malkin, Reynolds, et al. give links back to the primary source … and yes, it sure does seem to be true!

    Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, is indeed a Louis Farrakhan booster. Obama’s church does put out an an afrocentric newsletter containing statements that seem anti-semitic. This is the church that Obama has freely chosen to attend for the past decade.

    I don’t believe that Barack Obama is a “madrassa-trained secret Muslim terrorist.” But I do know that he chooses to associate with people whose views I regard with distaste, and I would expect an explanation before I would give him my support.

  15. Dr. AGH said

    By all means, keep up with the “Obama’s an anti-white anti-Semite terrorist” meme, then. If you weren’t above claiming John Kerry faked his war wounds 4 years ago, why would you and the Malkin/Freeper right exhibit any decency now? I just want to make sure that Glenn Reynolds can’t get away with plausible deniability. I merely want the light to shine on him wallowing down in the down in the Freeper sewer alongside you, Mike G, and expose his pretense of respectibility for the sham that it is.

  16. Mike G in Corvallis said

    If you weren’t above claiming John Kerry faked his war wounds 4 years ago, why would you and the Malkin/Freeper right exhibit any decency now?

    Huh? Perhaps you have me mixed up with another Mike G.

    I also notice that you didn’t even bother addressing the substance of my comment. Go to the source, find out what Obama’s freely chosen church and pastor stand for, and make up your own mind instead of parroting slogans and foaming about conspiracies. If you can.

  17. Yehudit said

    When I was living in Austin a couple of nice Baptist kids came to my door one morning and started telling me how wonderful it is to talk to Jesus and tell him your problems. I said, I’m a Jew, I talk to God anytime I want, why should I talk to Jesus? They cringed and walked on to the next house.

  18. Ara said

    I don’t give a crap who’s distributing this information. What matters to me is the question of whether it’s true.

    Alas, it has nothing to do with “objective” truth. It has EVERYTHING to do with exciting fear, uncertainty and doubt about the candidate.

    Our brains developed over thousands of millenia to make emotional decisions first and — only after that — logical ones. As a result, emotional intelligence controls pretty much every decision we make — especially in electoral politics.

    Bottom line: emotions move voters. Obama uses hope. Clinton, confidence. McCain, fear.

  19. Mike G in Corvallis said

    Alas, it has nothing to do with “objective” truth.

    Um … I don’t think we inhabit the same universe.

    It has EVERYTHING to do with exciting fear, uncertainty and doubt about the candidate.

    Our brains developed over thousands of millenia to make emotional decisions first and — only after that — logical ones. As a result, emotional intelligence controls pretty much every decision we make — especially in electoral politics.

    “Every decision we make”? In the immortal words of Tonto, “What you mean, ‘we’“?

    Bottom line: emotions move voters. Obama uses hope. Clinton, confidence. McCain, fear.

    You mean if my candidate were hopeful and confident, and you tried to point out to me that he’s also in fact an axe murderer, I’d be justified in sticking my fingers in my ears and proclaiming loudly, “La! La! La! I can’t heeeeeear you!”? Oh my.

  20. Dr. AGH said

    Come on, Ara, Mike G is just trying to elevate the discourse by telling us about how Obama is an anti-white anti-Semite — what’s your problem with that? We should all just accept that that kind of rhetoric is a normal part of political discourse, and never hope to rise out of the Malkin/Freeper/Mike G sewer to discuss substantive issues.

    Abaove all, Mike G is a good and decent man. Thank you for your sewage, Mike. It tastes delicious!

  21. Ara Rubyan said

    Ironies abound, my friend.

    One irony is that scientific research verifies what we see all around us about the role of emotion in political decision making.

    Another irony is that the reality-based community has, mostly, ignored the science. As a result, Democrats have traditionally run their campaigns on issues, position papers, statistics and … science!

    Republicans, on the other hand, know what wins (e.g., fear) and they run on that. As we know, it works.

    It’s a cliche, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t true: “You campaign in poetry and you govern in prose.”

    “Every decision we make”? In the immortal words of Tonto, “What you mean, ‘we’“?

    I mean you and me, dude. I don’t know you, but I bet you’re not a whole lot different than anyone else walking around the planet (and that includes me). EQ is more important than IQ.

    Come on — wasn’t that the whole point of the Bush presidency? I mean, you guys brag about it!

    To those of you who’ve recieved honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done, and to the C students… I say, you too can be President of the United States.

    Come on, Mike! I’m giving your guy lots of credit here. Be a gentleman and accept it:

    I remind people that, like when I’m with, Condi, I say she’s the Ph.D. and I’m the C student and just look at who’s the president and who’s the adviser.

    You know I’m right.

  22. Mike G in Corvallis said

    Ara, your philosophy is not my philosophy. I am glad of that.

  23. Ara Rubyan said

    We agree to agree on that!

  24. Dr. AGH said

    Mike G, I don’t think it’s your philosophy that’s compelling you to call Obama an anti-white, anti-Semitic, black nationalist, and then pretend you’re engaging in substantive discussion. Unfortunately, I think it an issue of basic morality.

  25. Dr. VDH said

    Mike, I don’t think it’s your philosophy that’s driving you to smear Obama as an anti-white, anti-Semitic, black nationalist, while protesting that you’re engaging in fact-based discussions. Unfortunately, I think it’s your lack of morals.

  26. Fern R said

    “Dr. AGH, I am both a Jew and a fairly active conservative, and while my denials will mean nothing to you, I will say this: Accusations of antisemitism will not move too many votes that matter in this election. Liberal Jews will vote for the liberal, and tend to be as alienated as ever from “voting Jewish” since Israel has become a pariah on the left. Politically conservative Jews will vote for a conservative or, in New York, for Mrs. Clinton if she is nominated, who has purchased those votes for good money.”

    I agree that Jews aren’t likely to be swing voters, but I don’t think the allegations about Obama’s alleged anti-semitism, religion, pastor and ties to Islam are meant to sway the Jewish vote. Jews make up less than 2% of America. We are not a significant voting block, even if you could get us all to vote one way or the other. On the other hand, I think there is a sizable chunk of white, evangelical Americans for whom Israel is an important issue, and who may harbor some negative feelings about Arabs and Muslims. Those people might think twice about voting for someone who has ties to a madrassa or a extremist pastor.

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  29. M. Simon said

    It is past time Christians got right with the old time religion.

    If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for me.

  30. M. Simon said

    Jews don’t have to be an important voting block in America. Juat an important block in some places.

    BTW Jews used to be Republicans before the advent of FDR.

  31. M. Simon said

    Say didn’t the Democrats run on fear?

    As I recall fear of the Negro was a big thing in Democrat politics for over a century. The KKK was the militant wing of the Democrat Party and drove republicans out of the South.

    Wright is not a new phenomenon for the Democrat (except for the reversal of the races). He is just the same old Chickens coming home to roost.

    “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”– Booker T Washington

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