Tuesday, September 28, 2010
In a new ad, Grayson accuses his Republican opponent Daniel Webster of being a religious fanatic and dubs him "Taliban Dan." But to make his case, Grayson manipulates a video clip to make it appear Webster was commanding wives to submit to their husbands, quoting a passage in the Bible. Four times, the ad shows Webster saying wives should submit to their husbands.
Yet FactCheck.org explains that "[i]n fact, Webster was cautioning husbands to avoid taking that passage as their own. The unedited quote is: "Don’t pick the ones [Bible verses] that say, ‘She should submit to me:"
Webster: So, write a journal. Second, find a verse. I have a verse for my wife, I have verses for my wife. Don’t pick the ones that say, ‘She should submit to me.’ That’s in the Bible, but pick the ones that you’re supposed to do. So instead, ‘love your wife, even as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it’ as opposed to ‘wives submit to your own husbands.’ She can pray that, if she wants to, but don’t you pray it.
Remarkably, the Grayson campaign is standing behind the ad.
- The Hill, Rep. Grayson Takes Heat for Labeling Opponent 'Taliban Dan'
- New York Times, Opponent Called 'Taliban Dan'
- Politico, Garyson's 'Taliban' Ad Backfires
- Wall Street Journal, Webster's Wife Hits Back at Grayson's 'Taliban' Ad
- Washington Examiner, GOP: Grayson Exhibits 'Pathological Pattern of Instability and Deceit'
- Washington Post, Grayson Calls Opponent 'Taliban Dan Webster'