What You’ve Given North Carolina Senate Candidate Kay Hagan August 29, 2008

What You’ve Given North Carolina Senate Candidate Kay Hagan

Only a couple days after the first post, you all have sent fantastic letters to Senate candidate Kay Hagan‘s campaign as well as to her opponent (and anti-atheist fearmongerer) Elizabeth Dole and thrown a lot of support her way.

So far, you’ve raised $1620 and that’s only counting the people who commented on this site.

Here’s one more incredible letter sent by reader Sarah Hewitt to the Dole campaign:

To Ms Dole or to the reader of this e-mail,

I grew up in the 1990s and remember my parents voting for Mr. Dole in 1996. I remember reading about Elizabeth Dole and hoping she could successfully run for President herself one day. As a young girl, I had few strong female role models I could identify with, and I respected the moderate positions and understandable stances that Ms Dole took in a complicated political setting. In the current hubbub surrounding the Presidential election, I hadn’t thought of Ms Dole in some time, as I’m not a native of North Carolina but rather of Michigan.

A few days ago, I was extremely upset to read about the attacks made by the Dole campaign concerning Kay Hagan’s plans to attend a fundraiser held by atheists, agnostics and other non-religious voters. That simply meeting with them and accepting their money is criticized by the Dole campaign outrages and saddens me. As an atheist from a Christian family who understands and respects my personal beliefs and values I have come to expect and demand decency and fair treatment from the believers around me, including the politicians who represent my rights. The separation of church and state is a controversial issue right now, but it is beyond extreme to attack a political opponent for simply being willing to hear from the minority side of the debate who are only trying to protect their civil right — not to interfere with the rights of others to practice religion.

The language used in the press release paints the non-believers in America with an ugly brush, and I am disappointed in my former role model for this low move. Atheists and agnostics are not and should not be treated as second-class citizens or political untouchables. Taking advantage of prejudices against us is as disgusting a tactic as it would be to take advantage of a local prejudice against any other minority.

I hope but do not expect that a public apology and explanation for this incident will be forthcoming. In the meantime, I will make sure that my friends and family know what has happened, and I will be donating money to Hagan’s campaign — the first time I have ever donated money to a political campaign in my life — as a way of speaking out against this kind of abhorrent behavior.

Sarah Hewitt

If you want to donate, you can do so here.

To response to a comment made on this site, I have inquired about an interview, but no response from Hagan’s campaign yet.

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  • Siamang

    WOW!!! Great letter and fantastic work everybody!

  • SarahH

    I still can’t get over the way that press release brands all non-religious people as ANTI-religious. It would be laughable if it weren’t so likely that some people reading that will believe it or agree.

    It also seems to take for granted the likelihood that all religious people are suffering from the separation of church and state or something. I know so many theists who are staunch supporters of that separation – I’m especially glad that some theists from this site have written the campaign and said just that.

  • Amanda

    I just donated $15. Wish I could send more!

  • nontheist

    Hey all! Hemant, If you’re keeping score, put down the $25 that I sent the other day too.
    Wish I was in a position to support all of the good men and women out there supporting the Constitution, and behaving like the moral Humanists that they are, but I will do what I can.

  • Harknights

    If you are keeping score…add $5

  • Liana Fuentes

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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