Now the facts, of course, paint a different picture. The Charlotte Observer has done some much needed fact-checking.
The event was co-hosted by 35 people, and held at the home of Woody Kaplan, who is listed on the advisory board for a group called the Godless Americans Political Action Committee. [emphasis added]But before you start screaming, read this:
So when the ad says that "A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fund-raiser in Kay Hagan's honor." that's not exactly true, is it? If the fundraiser was co-hosted by dozens of people and had nothing to do with the PAC (which did NOT contribute to Hagan's campaign, by the way), the insinuations otherwise are, well let's say it, lies.
Kaplan said Wednesday the fundraiser for Hagan had nothing to do with the Godless Americans group.
“This event happened to be at my house,” said Kaplan, who gave $2,300 to Hagan and has contributed to many other Democrats. “I don't know if any of those people (other co-hosts) are religious or not, whether they're Muslims, Christians, Jews or whoever. I have no idea, I never asked them when I went to their houses, and I bet you no candidate did either.” [emphasis added]
[Godless Americans PAC] represents atheists and wants to strip references to God from government venues. It wants to remove references to God from the Pledge of Allegiance and from U.S. currency – both of which Hagan opposes. [emphasis added]But the ad insinuates otherwise. Another lie from another republican.
Finally, it turns out that Hagan:
[T]eaches Sunday school and is an elder at her Presbyterian church in Greensboro.But Liddy Dole is trying to make political points in North Carolina by painting Hagan as an atheist.
But I gotta ask. What's wrong with being an atheist?