(Video) Anti-abortion activist challenging Ellison launches anti-Islam ads

Boisclair titled his press release for the ad, "Christian challenges Muslim for congressional seat."
By Andy Birkey
Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

Gary Boisclair, an anti-abortion activist running in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District as a Democrat, launched an anti-Islam ad last weekend.

Boisclair works for the Society for Truth and Justice, an anti-abortion group whose staffers are running primary challenges around the country in order to exploit a campaign law loophole and get graphic ads aired on broadcast television, as the Minnesota Independent first reported.

In a press release titled, “Christian challenges Muslim for congressional seat,” Boisclair announced that he had launched his first ad.

“We did not pick this fight,” Boisclair said. “Islam’s war against Christianity and human liberty has raged against us for 1,400 years. We are merely responding with the truth.”

“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.”

The video was deemed offensive by Youtube and promptly pulled from the video hosting service. Ellison praised the move.

“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, who currently works in Washington, DC, for the Society for Truth and Justice is one of several candidates from that organization running in primary challenges against House members in order to force local media outlets to air the candidates’ ads no matter how graphic.

The Federal Communications Act of 1934 says that all candidates for a specific office must have equal access to public airwaves.

Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist who founded the group, is also running a Democratic primary challenge against President Obama. Earlier this week, Terry began soliciting $100,000 in donations to air graphic anti-abortion ads in the 2012 Democratic primaries and caucuses.

Boisclair told the Hopkins Patch that he doesn’t yet have the money to air his anti-Islam ads, but hopes to in time for the election

Here’s Boisclair’s new ad:

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Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 9:00 am

The technical terms the the professionals in the mental health communities use to describe Gary Boisclair are “spooky” or “a dick”.

Paul V
Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 9:30 am

Where do these idiots come from?

Dog is my Shepherd
Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 9:35 am

Boisclair’s ad should be run as a public service announcement. What better way to illustrate the hateful, ignorant bigotry that is inherent in the views of these neo-Christian cult fascists?

Disgusted American
Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

Ohh I see – its ONLY Freedom of religion when its the Christians……ahh I got it now.

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Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

American was not founded on the principles found in the Koran so why would anyone swear on it, one might as well swear on some tissue paper for that does not have squat to to with America either. Some of you brain washed fools need to understand what American stands for and we don’t sit back give it all away just to please some ungrateful immigrant who admits they intend to attack us from within.

John I
Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

I kinda enjoy having Ellison as my representative. All the christian bigots that try to run against him are a better show than what ol’ PT Barnum coulda ever come up with. Oh, and before any ya bigots say it, I got dibs on the “sucker born every minute” line.

Comment posted November 10, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

True bottom feeder who will appeal to low information and low intelligence voters.

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 12:05 am

This so called Ad is despicable! Mr Ellison has been elected by his constituents and then reelected. Why is this Gary Boisclair fella trying to paint Mr. Ellison as a Muslim that hates Christians? Clearly Mr. Ellison doesn’t abide by the literal words of distain and hate for non-Muslims, so Gary Boisclair, you must be trying to use fear tactics to gather votes. The problem for you Mr. Boisclair is that in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District his constituents know the man for what he has shown and represented during his tenure. You on the other hand are showing HATE! I pray that there aren’t any more Christians like you!

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 8:31 am

Ah, yes, another “compassionate christian”. What a joke.

Jafar Partowmah
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 9:05 am

his quote of verse 5:32 is a total lie! Go to quran.com and see for yourself, chapter 5 verse 32 translates as follows:

“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.”

Anyone can simply lie but lies are weak and can’t stand up to the truth. I’m inviting you all to just get real information. Quran.com is a free website that offers a variety of translations and languages. Be an informed individual because that’s what our country needs!

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 9:05 am

Some people see Islam as an issue within America and are adamant about it. Allow them to speak without the name calling and accusation. Do a search on Dearborn Christian arrested on google or YouTube and spot the bigots in America and see the direction we are headed in. We are each part of the solution or part of the problem.

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 9:12 am

Some seem to think freedom religion means you should sit back and get trampled by those who in their country offer no such freedom.

Jafar Partowmah
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 9:12 am

@ Redhog, you are incorrect sir. The quran and the Bible originated from the same source and teach the same morals that are found in the 10 commandments and form the foundation of the Golden Rule. You would be well served to educate yourself with real information and not just regurgitate sound bytes you’re being fed on Fox news.

@ stekathy, Ellison does represent what Islam teaches, cooperation, respect and dialogue. The information is out there, inform yourself. Both the Qur’an and the Bible can be found on the internet, there’s no reason other than laziness for anyone to not be informed anymore.

Dog is my Shepherd
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 9:49 am

Hey Redhogg, last time I checked, American Muslims are Americans. So what exactly do you mean by “in their country”? You are an idiot, not a patriot.

j. savastano
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 10:21 am

This man is an American. The Bible says many things that not in sync with others believe also. How LOW could these people go to get what they want. Apparently very low.

Bruce Colwell
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 10:28 am

When will we learn that religion is exclusive to its believers and those who believe in religion abhor other religions, at least in thought. Religion is basically useless and the province of the weak. As Hitches says, “god is not great.” In fact, only the weak minded believe there is one.

Katie B.
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 10:38 am

Bruce: Just because a hasty generalization is against people you don’t like, doesn’t make it not a fallacy.

If ever elected to office, I plan to swear in on copies of the Hymns and Theology of Orpheus and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. No, this is not a publicity thing or any sort of mockery of religion – because I’m a Pagan, because the Egyptian and Greek Traditions are part of my Church, and those books are meaningful to me.

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 11:21 am

Text of email I left for Boisclair on his website:

“You are a disgusting excuse for a human being, Mr. Boisclair. You are a bigot and a disgrace to Minnesota. How pathetic! Nothing but hate from the likes of you. Check out the Bible, Mr. Boisclair. Check out the history of Christianity with respect to its doctrines and conduct toward other religions. If you bother to, you will find equally egregious passages and positions as those you so hypocritically reference from the Koran. Luckily for Minnesotans, you couldn’t be elected to the post of dog catcher, let alone congressman. Slink back under the rock from which you came. You will find all of your bigoted, racist friends there to give you comfort in your hate. The same goes for the 10 misanthropes that form the base of your support.”

What a prick!

Sarah G.
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 11:53 am

Okay, I challenge everyone who thinks the Koran is such an awful book to actually sit down and read the Bible. It is a violent, rather disturbing text which encourages slavery, misogyny, and war, just to name a few. Honestly, people are so ready to attack the holy books of others, when their own are not much better. People need to put their differences aside and judge this representative on his actual morals and leadership abilities, not on the book he swears in on.

Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

You ignorant bastard!!. Your ad is full of lies and distortions. You should read the Kuran first before coming up with such lies…

Joe G
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

Anybody understand what Redhogg means by this: “Some seem to think freedom religion means you should sit back and get trampled by those who in their country offer no such freedom”?

Is he comparing apples and oranges? I THINK Congressman Ellison was born in the USA (kinda like Mr. Redhogg’s (and our) president)). But Redhogg is talking about people in other countries who don’t allow “freedom religion,” which must be a new denomination I hadn’t heard of before. Oh, well, no accounting for (lack of) sense.

Jus Sayin
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

Here are some examples from the Book:

“Take your son, your only son – yes, Isaac, whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.”

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Oh, I’m sorry, did I forget to mention those are Bible verses? In order, they are from:
- Genesis 22:1-18
- Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT
- 2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB

Boisclair you dbag. People in glass houses should not throw stones, you a55wipe!

Jus Sayin
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

Oh wait… i just went to that dbag’s website and here is his little arrogant prickish comment right on his home page:

Gary Boisclair’s First Television Ad: Confronting Congressman Ellison’s dedication to Sharia Law and the Koran. We grant you permission to rip this video and post it in any format or location you choose. Be forewarned: the cowards and hypocrites at Youtube have already pulled this video down.

Let’s see how big his 8alls are and how long he leaves it there while he gets publicly filleted.

Bigotry is alive in MN I guess – they just call it “Minnesota Nice”

Mr J
Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

Under the laws of the Torah all Jews for Jesus who try to convert other Jews to Christianity have to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 13:7-12
Deuteronomy 17:2-5

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Comment posted November 11, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

Belief in gods and spooks is stupid. No offense.

john abegail
Comment posted November 12, 2011 @ 12:50 am

this ad proves the level of baseness US political system has come to represent. this ad is the epitome of what educated baboons gets catapulted by the campaign sponsors and how much the electoral system is flawed in US. somebody once said that in a democracy of asses, the head is an ass. minesotan know better than being tricked into crass bigotry. gary should be elected as a pest incinerator, his hatemongering is better spent in causing mayhem in an anthill, not in the capitol hill.

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Comment posted November 16, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

Well, Rep Ellison just got my vote. Thank you Gary, for making the choice so obvious.

I will always vote for a man of integrity over a man who believes he can get a few cheap votes by deception and fear tactics. Gary is a disgrace to America and the freedom of religion ingraned in our Constitution.

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