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The Mudslinging of the Saved November 1, 2008

Posted by sociallyacceptableinsanity in Atheism.
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Once again religion rears its ugly head in a politics.  Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) North Carolina, running in a tight race against opponent Kay Hagan, has released an television ad accusing Hagan of consorting with atheists.  In the ad, a narrator states:  “A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fund-raiser in Kay Hagan’s honor.”  In the background a female voice says “There is no God to rely on…there was no Jesus.”  A sound clip of conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor then follows, in which he is heard asking an unidentified male, “Taking under God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, you’re down with that?”  The male answers, “We’re down with that.”  O’Reilly asks,  “In God we trust, you going to whip that off the money?”  The male voice says, “Yes, we would.”  The narrator then intones ominously,

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras, took Godless money. What did Hagan promise in return?”

The ad ends with an image of Hagan and a female voice saying “there is no god.”  It is not Kay Hagan’s voice saying those words, but the intent is to make the viewer think that it is indeed her.

As it turns out, Kay Hagan is a long-time member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro and is a former Sunday School teacher.   Her campaign has issued a cease-and-desist letter insisting that the Dole campaign pull the ad , and Hagan has since appeared in an ad that slams Dole for “bearing false witness.  The entire ad is an attempt to smear Hagan by tarring her with the brush of atheism.

Now here’s what gets me.  Senator Dole wrongly attacked an opponent, accusing her of something that just isn’t true, and for that she owes her opponent an apology.  But what if it was true?   It simply should not matter whether a candidate for political office is religious or not.  Let me restate that:  in a sane and rational society it simply should not matter whether a candidate for political office is religious or not.  Belief in god does not make a candidate better suited to hold office any more than believing in Santa Claus does.  Religious faith and the ability to do ones job are two completely different things.  And the charge of taking “godless money?”  What exactly is godless money?  I’m an atheist, so does that make the money in my wallet godless?  If I buy something from  you and pay you with my godless money, then are you somehow contaminated?

Politics and religion should be never be married together.

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1. Kriss - November 5, 2008

Great post. I totally agree! Your blog is great to read. I love the cynicism!


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