In 2006, Nikki Tinker refused to say where she stood on any actual issues in the congressional primary, instead allowing surrogates to attack Steve Cohen for (a) not being black and (b) ridiculous misinterpretations of bills he voted for.
And in 2007, she still refuses to speak out on the issues, deigning to do the attack work for herself only when Steve Cohen accurately points out the game she’s playing.
“Rep. Cohen is playing the worse [sic] kind of politics and attempting to lay his failure to have a positive and constructive dialogue with the constituents at my feet — and his accusations are pure fiction. I am not going to play the politics of divide and conquer with Rep. Cohen — my values simply will not allow it.”
She says a lot in that brief statement. She tells us she doesn’t like having her hand tipped— She wants her surrogates to Swift Boat Steve Cohen, but she doesn’t like being pointed out as the George W. Bush of Memphis politics, thus benefiting from their attacks.
Note what she doesn’t say— She doesn’t say where she stands on this issue. She doesn’t say how she would vote on a bill that allowed for the use of federal resources in investigating hate crimes.
According to the FBI, 53.9% of hate crimes in 2004 were committed because of racial bias, with an astounding 67.5% of the victims being black. Bias based on sexual orientation made up just 15.6% of the hate crimes.
Almost three and a half times as many hate crimes are committed against blacks as against homosexuals— Yet Nikki Tinker’s surrogates oppose a law that allows federal resources to be used in the investigation of those crimes?
As I’ve said before, reading the bill tells you what you need to know about it. There is nothing in the language of the bill that says that you cannot preach against homosexuality. All that you cannot do is all that you could not do before— You cannot stand in the pulpit and encourage violence against gays. You couldn’t do that before this bill either, as it’s illegal to incite violence against another human being.
And let’s be perfectly honest here— If you stand at the pulpit and encourage violence against another human being, you’re not exactly a man of God. He has a place for people that fan the flames of hate and encourage violence against others, and I would forget about getting an iced tea down there.