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  Pastor's flier used to 'incite tensions' [against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen]
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Last EditedServo  Feb 12, 2008 01:48pm
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MediaNewspaper - Memphis Commercial Appeal
News DateTuesday, February 12, 2008 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Anti-Defamation League on Monday condemned a flier circulating in Memphis that says U.S. Rep. "Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus," saying it "attempts to incite tension" between African-Americans and Jews.

The flier, which provides the name and telephone number of Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has been in circulation since at least last Thursday. On Monday, Brooks took responsibility for the broadside.

He said he sent the flier because the 9th Congressional District is "about 90-something percent black." According to the latest U.S. Census, in 2000, the district was 59.7 percent black.

On Monday, Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, said he doesn't know who Brooks is or why someone in Murfreesboro -- well outside his district -- would want to incite discrimination.

"It obviously needs to be condemned and people need to be vigilant against all forms of racism," said Cohen. "I had in my last campaign repeated efforts to sway votes against me because of my religion and my race, but the people of the 9th District rejected that and gave me overwhelming support."
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