Elizabeth Dole Attacks Sunday School Teacher and Church Elder, Kay Hagan's Faith

It wasn't enough for Elizabeth Dole to claim that "our love of God" is at stake in this election, implying that sending Democrats to Washington puts love of family and God at risk. Dole now has an ad out showing a picture of Kay Hagan with a woman's voice saying, "there is no God." The ad is creating the confusion the Dole campaign wanted. We received one call today from a woman who said, "Kay Hagan said there is no God." We fortunately were able to help her with correct information.

Kay Hagan is an elder in her church. She teaches Sunday School and serves through mission trips. She and her family also give back to their local community. On Christmas mornings the Hagan family cooks breakfast for the staff and residents at the Bell House, a residence for people with severe disabilities.

The Greensboro News & Record covered the story this morning.

“I can’t tell you how upset I am that Elizabeth Dole is attacking my strong Christian faith,” Hagan said late Tuesday.

Hagan, who is an elder at First Presbyterian Church, said she is incensed by the ad because at the end it shows her picture with a female voice saying, “There is no God.”

Elizabeth Dole is running an ugly, negative campaign. It's hard to imagine she will be able to hold her head high in public after slithering on her belly through the mud.

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Disgusting

Please, please, please let leaders of faith geoups throughout NC stand up and shout down Elizabeth Dole for this heinous attack on Christianity.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

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He'd Be Proud

You beat me to it. Jesse would be proud of Dole.

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Please please please....

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Dole has been fomenting bigotry all year

It's pitiful (but not surprising) that Dole has taken this path, but she and the NC GOP are the ones without values. All that said, I should remind people the Republican party also released this ad charging that Hagan will advance a "radical homosexual agenda." Note that the Hagan press conference is being called (as we speak at noon) to address the atheist-baiting ad, I would hope that the Hagan campaign will denounce both the nasty anti-gay flyer circulating around as well as this insane, sick ad.

Related:


* North Carolina Republican Party unleashes anti-gay mailer targeting Kay Hagan

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Just called the Dole headquarters

I just called the Dole headquarters and let them know that as someone who has lived in NC almost all their lives, has been a Sunday School teacher and an active member of two congregations here in Charlotte, that I found her ad reprehensible.

Call them at 704-633-0014

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If you have nerves of steel

wade into the cesspit over at wral.com's comment threads. So much crap about "founded on Christian values" and "I'll pray for your atheist souls" and "she shouldn't have gone there!"

There are many things I love about North Carolina. These people are not among them.

>>'So much crap about

>>'So much crap about "founded on Christian values"'

I'm convinced people spew that nonsense because they're the products of three decades of home schooling and private "Christian" schools. The truth is that Boston and a few surrounding towns were founded by not-very-tolerant religious refugees. The rest of the country was founded by people looking to make a buck.

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Good job, Betsy! I wish there was some way to figure out how much money you've brought into the campaign from this one. It's got to be a few thousand bucks, anyway.

But I sprained my right index finger arguing with atheists. :( Maybe if I just pull on it a little bit...try to pop it out...Oww! Dammit!

What NC church does Elizabeth Dole attend?

While the Hagan family has been attending the First Presbyterian Church for over 100 years, it would interesting to learn what NC church Sen. Dole claims to belong to.

Particularly if you could could get some kind of info on how often Dole actually manages to show up...

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Thought about that yesterday.

A long time ago I went looking for references to Liddy Dole and church attendance, but Google turned up next to nothing.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I see where you're trying to go with this, but . . .

that strategy would be buying into the Republican frame that being a church attending Christian is among the qualifications for running for Senate. It isn't.

The attack on Hagan's faith is an attack meant to do just what it accomplished: put the Hagan campaign off message, and spin up her supporters into talking about this issue. The real strategy should be the strategy so eloquently described by Colin Powell discussing the attacks on Barack Obama.

Kay Hagan is a Christian, but so what if she wasn't? In America, it doesn't matter what religion you are or aren't. What matters about Kay Hagan is that she will represent all North Carolinians, regardless of their religion. Elizabeth Dole has had 6 years to do that, and shows by this ad that she values only one "flavor" of North Carolinian.

It's the hypocrisy issue.

George W. talks a good game about being a compassionate conservative who is lead by his faith. But, he hasn't been to church since elected in 2000.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I get that.

I just think the best response to Dole on this issue is that Hagan's religious faith is a non-issue when it comes to being a US Senator.

You're exactly right Linda

after all, religion is a non-issue for the biddy's personal life.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Political suicide

To answer this ad by saying that religion is a non-issue would be political suicide.

The answer is that Dole has crossed the line of distortion into pure lying. THAT is much more likely to turn would-be Dole supporters into Hagan supporters.

Certainly it is more to the point of principle to say religion shouldn't be an issue, but that dog won't hunt and that kind of conversation requires another day, another forum, and far more attention than anyone is going to pay at this stage of the game.

Further, such a response would not only convince thousands that the Dole ad is correct, it would distract from the more significant point -- which is that Dole lied.

THAT is the point.

I agree with you there.

Religion is a big part of many people's lives. They might have "gotten used" to following other religions, they don't have Catholics any more for instance, but to say "There is no God" is a loser.

Beyond that, it is again a hypocrisy issue. She needs to point out that she is one of those people for whom religion is VERY important. Important enough that she is a Sunday School teacher and Elder. It's like saying she hates....puppies, when she volunteers every week at the local shelter and is on the board of the shelter. It's a lie that is designed to make her seem scary. She needs to fire back with the truth and in the process it wouldn't hurt during some interview about the subject to say offhand "Well, I don't really care about Elizabeth Dole's religion, I think it's a personal matter, and I'm sure she attends church regularly - not here in North Carolina of course, since she's only here a couple weeks a year, but I have no doubt if you asked her she would tell you that she regularly attends church near her home in D.C."

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

a hypocrisy issue

Right. Dole think that God is brick you can hit people over the head with. This is a profound insult to all people of faith, regardless of their perspective.

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