Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kentucky Senatorial Candidate Exchange Bitter Religious Charges

The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky has spawned competing TV ads focusing on aspects of each candidate's religious background or views.  Initially, Democrat Jack Conway ran this ad focusing on a secret society to which Republican Rand Paul belonged 27 years ago as a student at Baylor University. As transcribed in yesterday's Cherry Hill (NJ) Courier Post, the ad features a narrator asking:
Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible "a hoax," that was banned for mocking Christianity and Christ? Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up, tell her to make her bow down before a false idol and say his god was Aqua Buddha? Why does Rand Paul now want to end all federal faith-based initiatives and even end the deduction for religious charities?
Rand Paul countered with this ad, accusing Jack Conway of "bearing false witness" against his political opponent. In the ad, a narrator assures viewers that "Paul keeps Christ in his heart and in the life he shares with his wife and three boys." At Sunday night's candidate debate in Louisville, Paul charged that Conway had "descended into the gutter to attack my Christian beliefs."  Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end of the debate, saying: "I will not be associated with someone who attacks my religion." (CBS News.)