Anti-semitism in Memphis

Here is an interesting blog entry on  an anti-semitic political flier by a preacher in Memphis:

Nikki Tinker, a black Christian Democrat lady, who is challenging Steve Cohen, the Jewish white guy the flier is critical of,  has renounced the flier saying:

My faith teaches me to love, not hate,” said Tinker, who is Christian.

I was talking to a friend who was upset about this flier and the lack of criticism it has been getting among evangelical Christians. Almost all evangelical Christians are strongly offended by hate literature of any kind.  1 John 3:23 clearly states what Jesus commands of His followers:

23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.  

1 John 3:23-24a NIV



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5 responses to “Anti-semitism in Memphis

  1. Mark, you should look a little harder at Nikki Taylor:

    And I completely believe that the majority of evangelicals oppose hatred – but they very often fail to stand up publicly to promptly distance themselves from those who spew venom and hatred in Christ’s name.

    In the Nikki Tinker situation, ministers and other Christian figures did eventually stand up against the television ad in the link above, and good for them, but overall “right-thinking” evangelicals tend to keep silent.

    I’m sure you know this poem:

    “In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
    And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
    And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
    And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

    When they come for the Jews the next time – and history tells us to be constantly on our guard against the “next time” (which is what “never forget” means) , the silence of most evangelicals in most situations makes us feel that if Christians got into power and “came for the Jews” eveangelicals would stay silent just as they do now.

    You’ve posted on your blog about Christians being persecuted in various places around the world, Mark – will you post about Christians doing the persecuting around the world as well?

  2. This post was before Tinker made her ugly attack ads against Cohen two weeks ago. She should have stayed with her original convictions. This post was in March, and the attacks ads were in July. It is important to note that these totally backfired on her – she overwhelmingly lost the Democratic Primary and got a negative comment from Obama. The Jerusalem Post said:

    The ads may have been ugly, but they were ineffective.

    After a Democratic primary campaign featuring what some characterized as an anti-Semitic smear campaign, the incumbent Jewish congressman in Tennessee’s Ninth District, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), trounced his opponent, Nikki Tinker, by 79 percent to 19 percent in Thursday’s primary.

  3. Mark, my apologies – I should have checked the date. My point is that it reflects so badly on Christians to have someone do this that it is odd, to me, that Christian spokesman around the country do not strongly and publicly denounce it. Instead they stay to one side most of the time.

    For example, why is it just fine with Christians that Bob Jones University, which bills itself as a Christian school, does not permit interracial dating? What would Christ say about that?

  4. Apparently the school reversed the ban once John McCain had the same complaint you had about George W Bush speaking there and not saying anything.

    In the weeks following Bush’s visit, GOP rival John McCain called the policy “idiotic,” lashed Bush for not criticizing the university sooner and launched a phone drive in Michigan targeting Catholic voters that drew attention to Bush’s visit to Bob Jones, whose founders also have called Catholicism a “cult.”

    end of quote

  5. Yes, but he was playing politics – where were the prominent Christian leads on this topic over the decades the policy was in place?

    To be clear, I’m not Christian-bashing. I’m wondering why Christians don’t get that this failure to publicly disown those who preach hate and division instead of love and includion is why they get such a bad rap so much of the time. I mean, some of my best friends are Christians. 🙂

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