Jewish Journal

Elizabeth Dole’s Godless ad is a shameful attack

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 29, 2008 | 6:02 pm

From CNN.com:

The already-contentious North Carolina Senate race took a brutal turn Wednesday after incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole released a television ad suggesting challenger Kay Hagan is “Godless.”

“A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan,” the 30-second ad says before showing clips from members of the group declaring God and Jesus do not exist.

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money,” the ad’s narrator also says. “What did Kay Hagan promise in return?”

The ad ends with an unidentified female voice declaring, “There is no God.”

The Dole campaign says it’s basing its charge on Hagan’s attendance at a fundraiser that was in the home of an advisor to the Godless Americans’ political action committee, a group that promotes rights for atheists.

The implied message, of course, is that atheists have no rights and if you are a politician who pretends they do, godly American will come after you. Well, I’m a God-fearing American and I find this attack despicable. Kind of reminds me of the presidential battle between Jefferson and Adams. No wonder some atheists feel the need to be a bit militant, or at least better organized.

The ad, courtesy of Christianity Today’s politics blog, is after the jump:

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