Elizabeth Dole Brings the Hate 07 Sep 2008Posted by Jessa in Non-Religion, Politics, Religion.
Tags: Atheism, elizabeth dole, kay hagan, north carolina, Politics, Religion
The Senate campaign in North Carolina is really getting weird.
I didn’t have any real issues with Liddy Dole. Well, other than the fact that she hasn’t really done anything during her Senate tenure. Now she’s bringing the fear-mongering to a whole new level by attacking her opponent, Kay Hagan, for meeting with (gasp!) nonbelievers.
On September 15th, Kay Hagan is heading to Boston, Massachusetts to attend a fundraiser for her Senate campaign. What may surprise mainstream North Carolinians is that the fundraiser will be in the home of leading anti religion activists Wendy Kaminer and her lawyer husband Woody Kaplan — who is an advisor to the “Godless Americans Political Action Committee.”
Oh dear! Anti religion activists? Not so much.
Kaminer is also an advisory board member (Woody is the chairman) of The Secular Coalition for America which is “the national lobby for atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans with the unique mission of protecting their civil rights.” (Secular Coalition For America, Press Release, 1/16/08)
Kaminer’s husband, Woody Kaplan, is also an advisor to the Godless Americans Political Action Committee which sees itself as a counter-force to religious groups in public policy debates.
That darn Secular Coalition for America – wanting to protect civil rights for all Americans, even the ones of nonbelievers. How dare they do something as un-American as try to uphold the principles of the Constitution!
“Kay Hagan is trying to run a campaign in North Carolina that casts her as a moderate but the money that’s paying for it is coming from the left-wing fringe of political thought,” said Dole Campaign Communications Director Dan McLagan. “You can tell a lot about a person by their friends and these are friends most North Carolinians would not be comfortable having over for dinner.”
“Kay Hagan does not represent the values of this state; she is a Trojan Horse for a long list of wacky left-wing outside groups bent on policies that would horrify most North Carolinians if they knew about it,” McLagan said. “This latest revelation of support from anti-religion activists will not sit well with the 90% of state residents who identify with a specific religious faith.”
I’m going to assume, for the sake of charity, that Mr. McLagan is just tragically ignorant rather than a raving bigot. So for clarification: nontheists are united only by their lack of belief in a personal god. Any other label you try to attach to us won’t work, because we’re an extremely diverse bunch. I’ve met atheists of all political leanings (yes, including Republican). I know of at least one nonbeliever working for Dole’s campaign as a volunteer. To paint us all as “wacky left-wing” just reveals the depth of Mr. McLagan’s epic misunderstanding of nontheists.
I shouldn’t have to remind Senator Dole that her duty is to represent the interests of all North Carolinians, not just the ones with which she agrees on matters of religion. Her press release just convinces me that she is unwilling to fulfill that duty.
And that’s why I’m voting for Kay Hagan.
UPDATE: I see that someone from the domain “senate.gov” has visited the site. Welcome, Dole staffers!