Elizabeth Dole has apparently stepped up her hateful rhetoric and released yet another ad about her opponent Kay Hagan that’s made some waves.
The ad shows Ellen Johnson and Dave Silvermann of the Godless PAC run by American Atheists making statements in support of the separation of church(es) and state. Interspersed throughout it is footage of Kay Hagan attending a fundraiser hosted by members of the Godless PAC.
A woman’s voice talks about how Hagan snuck off to the fundraiser and accepted political donations from atheists. At the end the voice asks what Hagan promised in return for the money. The implication is that she promised to support their efforts to keep the wall of separation intact.
I was a bit sympathetic at first, then I read Kay Hagan’s response and my sympathy snorted and decided to go have a beer. She’s decided to go with the idea that Elizabeth Dole is attacking her character.
How is she attacking her character? By accusing her of actually supporting the first amendment religious rights of all Americans? Nope. Hagan’s went with the idea that Dole called her an atheist and she considers that to be an act of slander.
Let’s get right to it. Elizabeth Dole should absolutely be ashamed of herself. I don’t know what things were like when she grew up in North Carolina, but the North Carolina I was raised in would NEVER condone this kind of personal slander. I can’t begin to tell you how upset I am that she has attacked my Christian faith.
The problem with this is that you slander people by stating they are and/or have done something others will consider to reflect poorly on their character. Hagan could have went after the real message of the ad which “accuses” Hagan of actually supporting the wall between church(es) and state.
But no, she decided that Dole had impugned her character by implying that she is an atheist and said so. Know what that means? Hagan is nothing more than another cowardly democrat who’s not only willing to let bigotry get a pass, but will participate in it herself if it suits her goals.
Because get it through your head – she didn’t just say Dole was wrong in calling her an atheist. She called it slander and a personal attack. The implication is that there is something wrong with being an atheist and all people of good character should react like the witch in the Wizard of Oz did when Dorothy throws water in her face.
Personally, I’m still listed as a member of a Baptist church back in Mississippi. It annoys me because they all know I’m an atheist, but I do not consider the implication that I still believe in Jesus to be slander nor a personal attack. It’s just a lie. Nothing more, nothing less.
Hagan could’ve chosen that path. She didn’t though. She chose to go for the sympathy vote of bigots.