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CNN’s Brown Blasts Dole’s ‘Godless’ Attack Ad

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Posted on Oct 30, 2008
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It’s hard to pick just one nutty attack ad from this election season’s overflowing cornucopia o’ nonsense, but CNN’s Campbell Brown thinks she’s found the worst in Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s truth-challenged spot insinuating that her Democratic rival, Kay Hagan, is a secret atheist.

Update: According to Talking Points Memo, Kay Hagan said Thursday that she was planning to file suit against the Dole campaign. Hagan’s rebuttal ad is posted below.

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By mud, October 31, 2008 at 8:28 am Link to this comment

Thank God for the Godless. God is on their side. God damn short sighted, money serving, war happy, preposterous superstition legitimizing politicians. God bites the weenie anyway.

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By Bluestocking, October 31, 2008 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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For pity’s sake, why do so many Americans apparently think there’s something wrong with atheism anyway??  I can personally vouch for the fact that if indeed there is any positive correlation between ethics and religious belief, it’s nowhere nearly as strong as a lot of Americans might want to believe it is!  Some of the most callous, egotistical, dishonest, self-serving, self-satisfied, disrespectful, intolerant, manipulative, hypocritical, oblivious, and wantonly stupid individuals I’ve ever encountered have been self-professed believers—while the majority of the atheists I’ve met in my life have in many respects shown themselves to be both considerably more ethical and considerably more consistent in their principles. Frankly—and based on what I remember, I think most of my psychology professors from college would agree with me—it’s infinitely preferable for ethical behavior to be motivated by a genuine awareness and respect for the rights of others than it is to be motivated primarily (or exclusively) by the desire to receive reward or avoid punishment, either earthly or divine. At this point in my life, I’d prefer to see a principled atheist in Congress or the White House than I would your average believer.

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By Purple Girl, October 31, 2008 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

Isn’t Doles add fundementally UNAMERICAN!
What has disturbed me even more is the Fact that NO ONE has pointed out the RIGHT not to beleive in a God. If we do not defend these people does not every other religious doctrine stand in peril.
Will the next election hold adds which state ‘So &so;doesn’t beleive in Judgement Day’?
Dole might as Well have said Hagan believes in Mohammad, Or Buddha..Are these Judgments any more acceptable nowadays in this Resurrected era of the Inquistion?
Between the Monarchy Economic restraints of ‘Trickle down’ and the ‘Dark ages’ Religious Right movements…I KNOW I have witnessed the Downfall of the ‘Great Experiment’.
As Gen Powell so aptly put it in regards to the claim Sen obama is a Muslim ‘And so What if he is’.
Dole should recuse herself from PUBLIC Service and spend her ‘bucket’ years review History and What made US the most unique and Beckoning country in World History.
and the Media should return to it’s duty of pointing out these Facts and disallow such Trecherous statements to be aired.
Hagen Missed th eopportunity to point out What America REALLY stands for…She too should have said ‘and so what if I was, because if I Do not defend those who do not believe in God then I would also be failing to defend YOUR right to Believe’
I am constantly apologizing to our Founding Fathers, our ancestors, our Children and to God for the transgression being committed by Politicans, ‘Religious’ leaders and CEO’s, for having lost the Country to their Treasonous, heretical control.

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By Stefan Monsaureus, October 31, 2008 at 2:32 am Link to this comment
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The problem with Dole’s campaign (and to some extent, Hagan’s response) is that both buy into a framework where the accusation of atheism is viewed with horror. Dole wields this accusation as a weapon against her opponent, but Hagan fails to take the high road in her response. Analagous to Colin Powell’s remarks on the false “accusations” that Barack Obama was a Muslim, the issue is not that Hagan is a Christian, but that it should not make a difference if she were among the millions of patriotic Americans who did not profess a belief in God. Hopefully CNN’s reporting can show a little maturity on this subject and not provide tacit support to the view that “atheism” is a derogatory term.

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By kath cantarella, October 31, 2008 at 1:26 am Link to this comment
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There has to be something bent about women who fervently support people and ideologies that despise women. Dole is yet another disappointing ultra-conservative female with a standing that is unwarranted because of her lack of understanding. Of herself, and therefore everything else.

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By 123456, October 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

Bob Dole was/is a good man, but his wife is a nut.

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By P. T., October 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Elizabeth Dole is such a liar.  When she ran for president, even her husband, Robert Dole, said he was not sure he would vote for her.

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By Thomthum, October 30, 2008 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

...but…but…but..THERE IS NO GOD! (there I said it, and of course that is MY OPINION ONLY! you’re entitled to yours).

Aside from the complete and utterly stupid mischaracterizations/lies about an opponent beliefs, this argument is just plain ‘ol silly.

Church & State what???

Is the basic premise now that one MUST believe in “God” to run for public office?

OK so I’m S.O.L….whatever…F-it…(sigh) 

Mrs. Dole go feed Bob his Viagra and find something to do with that…PLEASE!

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By abdo, October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

By the way how came by the idea to Elizabeth dole “lady dole”? and where is here principality? May be if McCain wines he will find a way to night people !? What is the difference between dole calling some body godless and any fanatic preacher Muslim or other wise who does the same? And by the way what god have to do with the competence to run the peoples business, didn’t W claim that he gets his calling from higher father?

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By ribbie, October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

This says it all about the Grand Oil Party.

definition: oxymoron- Republican Ethics

Have a nice Nov. 4th.

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