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Hagan demands Dole take down ad on faith

Posted October 29, 2008

— 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.

A Dole campaign spokesman said they had no plans to remove the ad from the air.

“Every word is true, and they know it,” spokesman Dan McLagan said. “This ad questions her judgment.

"Clearly, the Hagan folks are panicked that they got caught going to a fund-raiser with a group that the vast majority of North Carolinians would find objectionable."

Dole's ad questions why Hagan would attend a September fund-raiser at the Boston home of activist Woody Kaplan, who serves as an adviser to the Godless Americans Political Action Committee. The group mobilizes atheists to emphasize the separation of church and state and other issues.

Hagan, who teaches Sunday school and is an elder at her Presbyterian church in Greensboro, said the fund-raiser was hosted by more than 40 people, including U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

"Let's talk to Elizabeth Dole. Ask her, does she vet every supporter on their religious faith, their religious beliefs?" she said. "I am a Christian, and I am proud of that fact."

Dole's ad comes as a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Hagan with a slight advantage over Dole, 47 percent to 43 percent. The poll was conducted Oct. 22-26 and included 601 likely voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed Dole holding a 46 to 42 percent lead, with 9 percent of voters still undecided.

The 30-second television spot shows clips of some members of the Godless Americans Political Action Committee talking about some of their goals, such as taking "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and removing "In God We Trust" from money.

"Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took Godless money. What did Hagan promise in return?" the narrator says in the ad.

The video ends by showing a picture of Hagan while another woman, Godless Americans PAC executive director Ellen Johnson, declares in the background, "There is no God."

McLagan said the end of the ad was not misleading, arguing the woman's voice is clearly not the Democratic lawmaker. He said the spot does not question Hagan's faith, only why she would associate with a group with an atheist agenda.

"The concern is that she's going to support judges that have the same world view that she's taking money from or oppose judges who have the opposite" world view, he said.

Hagan's campaign "went to great pains" to keep the identities of the event's sponsors a secret, McLagan said.

"What's over the top is flying all the way to Boston to attend a fund-raiser hosted by members of a group whose main agenda is removing any reference to God from public life," he said.

Hagan said she had never heard of the Godless Americans PAC until Dole's campaign raised the issue prior to the event. Money raised from the event came from personal donations, not from a PAC, her campaign said.


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  • rdhstudent Nov 3, 2008

    This ad has been played on Christian 107.3 for the past month. I'm curious as to why this ad didn't bother Mrs. Hagan while it was being played on a CHRISTIAN radio station. There are also ads on there stating that she is " unabashedly pro-abortion". Tell me please, how can you be a Christian and support abortion. Abortion is murder!!!!
    Alaina- Spivey's Corner, NC

  • commonsense4 Oct 30, 2008

    "I am curious as to all the Athiests and how they think of how all of the Universe and mankind were created?"

    Regardless of how the universe was created why is Christianity correct and not any other religion? After all, most people never convert to a religion - they grow up practicing the same religion there parents do or the religion that most practice in the area of the world they are born. If they were born somewhere else they would probably practice something else.

    And it's very close-minded for one to think their views are completely right and every other religion or atheism is wrong. People will live their life based on a book written over 2,000 years ago by humans. There are no humans that are infallible. On top of that many cite different passages and relate it to their beliefs but they are selectively picked out. If you took the bible word for word there would be about 12 ppl left in the world that hadn't been condemned by God for one reason or another.

  • personality Oct 30, 2008

    Thanks Haggis for your reply and I respect the observations and opinions of yours and others, even if I may diagree with them.

  • haggis basher Oct 30, 2008

    "The freedom of choice is yours until you meet face to face with HIM and declare Christ Lord and Saviour!"
    And when you can't convince folks with Gods "love" then scare them with hell......Sorry but hell doesn't exist. Dying worries me as it might be unpleasant and (hopefully) someone might miss me and be upset.....but death worries me not at all.

  • haggis basher Oct 30, 2008

    "I am curious as to all the Athiests and how they think of how all of the Universe and mankind were created?"

    Well the "big bang" probably created the universe (what happened before that (if there was a "before"), I don't know and we may never know, the first life was probably simply a self replicating chemical that then evolved eventually (over BILLION with a B years) to the great apes and us.

    I'm curious as to where you think your God came from? He's undeniably complex so "must" have had a designer.....or maybe he just designed himself! God was just the invention of a primitive ignorant people who could know no better. Science has given us most of the answers we look for and will keep looking for the rest of what we yet don't know. Will we ever no everything? probably not but we do already already know so much more than can be held in a small book based on the scribblings of stone age goat herders.

  • TechRescue Oct 30, 2008

    "freedomdiddy" - how is Dole "spreading lies"?

    Even Hagan admits she was there and accepted a donation from the group's leader.

    How interesting that anything negative about a liberal candidate, not matter how accurate or documented, is immediately dismissed as a "lie" or "racist". Is this an indication of basic problems in logic and judgement that most of their supporters appear to have?

  • personality Oct 30, 2008

    hereandnow99 and all other proclaimed Atheists -

    As a person of faith I believe each person has the choice if they worship Jesus Christ or not.

    I am curious as to all the Athiests and how they think of how all of the Universe and mankind were created?

    I guess it all just came together by accident?

    Thanks for your responses in advance.
    The freedom of choice is yours until you meet face to face with HIM and declare Christ Lord and Saviour!

  • freedomdiddy Oct 30, 2008

    Elizabeth Dole has sunk to a new low. This ad is disgusting. She should be ashamed of herself. I guess when you don't have anything positive to say about yourself, you resort to spreading lies about your opponent.

  • haggis basher Oct 30, 2008

    "she has associations with people traditional soceity finds repulsive"
    If your "tradition" makes you an ignorant bigot then the sooner it goes the way of Slavery, gay bashing and the wooly mamoth the better. Now if we could bring back the wooly mamoth I'd support that "tradition".

  • nofakemccoy Oct 30, 2008

    The Latin name for skunk, Mephitis mephitis, means "double foul odor."

    This is the basis for the old saying, "Don't get into a urination contest with a skunk."

    Nobody wins.