Recent polling shows Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) trailing in her re-election fight in North Carolina against Democrat Kay Hagan, so it stands to reason that she's getting a little desperate.
I didn't think she'd get this desperate.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole's latest advertisement suggests her Democratic opponent, Kay Hagan, is a godless heathen.
"A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan," the 30-second spot says, showing footage of the group's members talking about their atheist beliefs on cable news.
"Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money," the ad concludes. "What did Kay Hagan promise in return?"
At the very end of the ad, a voice sounding like Hagan's says: "There is no God."
Seriously, Dole used a Hagan impersonator to make voters think she's an atheist.
It's hard to know where to start with an ad this deplorable. First, Hagan is actually a Sunday school teacher and an elder in her church. Second, the fundraiser in question was co-hosted by 40 people, one of whom is on the board of an atheist political action committee. Third, there's nothing scandalous about non-believers.
And fourth, what the hell is "godless money"?
I don't know, Steve. All of mine still says "IN GOD WE TRUST" on it, so even though I've done my level best to get my atheist cooties all over it, I don't think it quite qualifies as "godless."
This is just fucking ridiculous. These people are so shit-scared of atheists that even a Sunday school teacher can't hang down with the heathens without getting smeared by a Rethuglicon hack. I think it says something about the strength of Kay Hagan's faith that she can rub shoulders with us godless sorts and remain unfazed. Whereas Elizabeth Dole apparently thinks atheism is a contagious disease along the lines of SARS, which tells you something about the strength of her faith and character. I.e., they closely resemble cardboard that's been soaking in an acid bath.
I'm sick to fucking death over the religious fuckery in this country. Religion or lack thereof was never meant to be the defining characteristic of a candidate for public office. I know this because our Constitution says so:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Yet we have a defacto religious test in this country. You can be the most appallingly insane, fundamentalist freak of a Christian and still have a shot, but by God, you'd better believe in God or kiss your chances at office goodbye (with, what, two exceptions?).
And you can't be just any sort of Christian. Catholics are somewhat acceptable but suspect. Mormons are right out. A Muslim snuck in, but good luck following in his footsteps, especially after the right-wing sturm und drang over Obama's supposed Muslim background. No, in this country, in this time, if you're not a WASP, you've got an uphill climb that makes Sisyphus whistle under his breath and exclaim, "Man, I don't even you a bit."
And while even frothing fucktards running for office tread at least somewhat carefully around outright calling folks of other faiths spawn of the devil, or being forced to apologize when they get too outrageous, it's perfectly fine in our society to disparge atheists as much as you like.
I have news for these assclowns. That is going to change. I guaran-fucking-tee it.
You know, I was going to dress as Neil Gaiman's Death for Halloween. But if I decide to head to North Carolina, it seems I'll be able to go as myself instead. Who else wants to see Liddy Dole piss herself when this godless heathen grabs her in a bear hug for a photo op?
Everybody go show Steve Benen some love. He was one of the loudest voices speaking up for us on the political blogs today. Most of the others just fell over themselves blurting out how Kay was a good Christian without mentioning that it doesn't fucking matter whether she's a good Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist just as long as she's a good human being.
More Steve, less pander, please.