Sunday, 2 November 2008

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Atheist?

Who's afraid of the big bad atheists? Apparently both Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan. They are running against each other for the US Senate.It looks like the two are trying to out Jesus each other. Never mind the prohibition in the Constitution about there not being a religious test for public office. It sure seems that there is an unofficial religious test for any elected office in North Carolina.

The election for the US Senate in North Carolina has degenerated into a mudslinging fest with atheists and other non-believers stuck in the middle. All of this uproar because Kay Hagan dared to attend a fundraiser held where "Gasp" there might be an atheist or two attending.

Dole's campaign started the whole mess by sending out this press release. Check out the posts at Friendly Atheist and Pharyngula for more details.
On September 15th, Kay Hagan is heading to Boston, Massachusetts to attend a fundraiser for her Senate campaign. What may surprise mainstream North Carolinians is that the fundraiser will be in the home of leading anti religion activists Wendy Kaminer and her lawyer husband Woody Kaplan -- who is an advisor to the "Godless Americans Political Action Committee."
Well golly-gee, she plans to meet with someone who isn't a Christian. Burn her! Call in this woman, we need a God warrior.

Well, the press release and flyers were not enough for Liddy Dole, so her campaign had to get down and ugly with the following ad.

Here is the long version of the ad on YouTube by the NRSC.

And if this was not enough, the Dole campaign decided to send out these little flyers. Well, after all of this, Kay Hagan decided to go on the offensive, and boy did she get offensive. Here are her statements declaring that of course she believes in God and would never intentionally associate with those who do not.
Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan angrily demanded Wednesday that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole stop airing a new ad that questions Hagan's ties to an atheist political group, calling the spot a slanderous and pathetic attempt to maintain political power.

"I am absolutely outraged. How could she go this low?" Hagan said, calling the ad "despicable."

Hagan's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist order to Dole's campaign, saying the "libelous" ad should come down within 24 hours. The order promised legal action if the ad stays on the air.

Wow, instead of a gentle correction stating that she is not an atheist, but a Christian, we get this massive overreaction by Hagan. Of course she's not one of those mean, evil, filthy atheists. And of course her minister has to chime in as well.

The Huffington Post has a good summary of the ads over here. Here is Hagan's first ad.

Now, Dole has responded with another obnoxious ad.

Yet another anti-atheist disaster at CNN.Yeah let's not include an atheist on the panel that discusses atheists.

WTF? "Folks like this?" "That's how you convert them?" Donna Brazile is a bigoted ignoramus.

An excellent response by the Atheist Community of Austin's Non-Prophets Radio hosts. Way to go guys.

This year's election run up has been the most amazing that I've seen. The people who claim that they are so "Christian" are showing their true ugliness. They are wrapping themselves in a cloak of piety and patriotism, all to hide their inner bigotry, ambition, and greed. This confirms my suspicions that the most outwardly pious and patriotic are in fact the least.


Taxandrian said...

How right you are, Anna. Rarely have I seen so much mud-slinging and shameless hatred as during this election's campaign.

I mean, did you check Radar's blog lately? I can almost see the hatred dripping from my monitor. And this coming from people who preach 'love thy neighbour as thyself' and worship a 'God of Love'.
Not to mention the fact that they amplify the 'other side's' faults to huge proportions while being completely blind to their own side's stupidities. Something about a beam and a splinter springs to mind.

Cuttlefish said...

My little rant is here:

The short version:

I proudly am an atheist;
I do not share your views.
Imagine how insulting,
When I watch the evening news
And I see you point at folks like me
Indignantly, with rage,
As if we were the lepers
Of a less enlightened age!
No need to watch your language
Or to treat us with respect—
Because demonizing us is still
Politically correct.
You’d never talk like this regarding
Blacks, or Gays, or Jews,
But with atheists, just look at all
The language that you use!
“Obama is a terrorist”—of course
The claim’s obscene;
But “Hagan is an atheist”?
The worst you’ve ever seen?!?
Comparing her to me is now
The lowest of the low?
It’s good I don’t believe in Hell—
I’d tell you where to go.

I proudly am an atheist
I proudly am a Jew
I proudly am a Christian,
And I’m proudly Muslim, too.
I’m proud to be both Gay and Straight
I’m proudly Black and White
I’m proudly Man and Woman
And I’ll proudly join the fight.
I proudly am Humanity,
Whatever that is worth;
There is no group below me,
Or above me, on this Earth.

Anna Lemma said...

That's a good one cuttlefish.

Anna Lemma said...

Radar's blog is nothing new. All he does is simply regurgitate right-wing Christian talking points. It's really funny, especially when they contradict each other. It's as if he really doesn't even think through what he is spewing out on his blog,or what it makes him look like.He's simply trying to "out Jesus" the other social conservatives in his social circle.

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