Minnesota Congressional Independent challenger Gary Boisclair’s first television ad against 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison shows a graphic video of murdered non-Muslims and slams Ellison for swearing an oath on the Quran, which Boisclair argues promotes violence against Christians and Jews.
Richfield Patch (H/T pigs) YouTube removed the video shortly after it was posted. The video shows images of a destroyed church in Kirkuk, Iraq; dead Christians in Egypt; and beheaded bodies in Indonesia. It juxtaposes Ellison swearing an oath on the Quran with a presumed terrorist holding a Quran and an assault rifle.
BUT YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: ANTI-ELLISON VIDEO
Ellison was sworn in to the House during an official ceremony conducted with all new members—the en masse oath of office that takes place on the House floor, noted Jennifer Gore, an Ellison spokeswoman. Ellison used a copy of the Qaran owned (and reviled) by Thomas Jefferson for his ceremonial swearing-in.
Boisclair has made Ellison’s Islamic faith a central part of his campaign. He said it is “ludicrous” to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution on a book that promotes unconstitutional Sharia law.
“The call to violent acts against Christians and Jews within this ‘holy’ book should alarm every American. The fact that a U.S. Congressman swore an oath on a book that calls for most of us to be persecuted is an outrage,” Boisclair wrote in a news release. “We did not pick this fight; Islam’s war against Christianity and human liberty has raged against us for 1,400 years. We are merely responding with the truth.”
“I’d like to thank YouTube for removing the ad because it violated the company’s ‘policy on shocking and disgusting content,’” Ellison wrote in a statement. “The people of Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District elected me to uphold our Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion for every American. I intend to maintain the high level of civility the voters expect and deserve. And, I will continue working with our communities to organize for greater inclusion of people of all faiths and backgrounds.”
Boisclair is running in the DFL primary on a traditionally conservative platform. The Minnesota Independent accuses him of launching a primary as part of a Society for Truth and Justice effort to exploit a loophole that allows the airing of graphic abortion ads. “That’s certainly one of the sub-goals of the mission,” Boisclair told Patch.
But he added that he fully intends to defeat Ellison in the 2012 election in order to put government “in the hands of God-fearing people who will uphold the Constitution.”
Boisclair has no delusions FCC-licensed broadcasters will air his ads anytime soon. He expects to see them appear during the 45-day period before the primary when rules require stations to carry candidate ads—however disturbing the imagery. “I’m going to defend my Christian brothers and sisters, and I will not apologize for that in the least,” he said.