An anti-Ellison ad even YouTube won’t carry

Gary Boisclair, who is running in the DFL primary against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minneapolis, has created a web ad attacking Ellison’s religion. But the ad is so out of line that YouTube refuses to carry it.

My esteemed colleague Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent has written about how Boisclair’s candidacy is part of an effort by an anti-abortion group to exploit a loophole allowing disturbing anti-abortion ads to be aired by disguising them as campaign ads.

Now the Huffington Post notes the new Boisclair web video, which argues that because Ellison is a Muslim who took his oath of office on a Qur’an (albeit one from the library of Thomas Jefferson), Ellison must believe that Christians should have their hands and feet cut off, be crucified and be killed.

Although YouTube has removed the video,  is still viewable on Boisclair’s own site, with a note warning that the “the cowards and hypocrites at Youtube have already pulled this video down.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/11/2011 - 03:40 pm.

    My email to Mr. Boisclair:

    Dear Mr. Boisclair:

    Of course Mr. Ellison swore his oath on a Koran. Would you have him swear an oath on a work in which he doesn’t place his faith?

    As for your selective references to the Koran, need I delve into the many objectionable passages in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament?

    You are a disgrace to the nation you seek to represent.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/11/2011 - 03:52 pm.

    Boisclair has obviously not read the Bible.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/11/2011 - 05:42 pm.

    Although I agree with James, that cherry-picking words from any religious tome is not valid, and I wouldn’t endorse someone who stooped to the tactic, I don’t see why YouTube wouldn’t run it…I’ve seen way worse stuff on there.

    re: Disturbing anti-abortion ads. I can’t understand why an abortion apologist would object to them, or find them disturbing in the least…after all, it’s just a bunch of “cells”, right?

  4. Submitted by Adam Scoll on 11/12/2011 - 09:35 am.

    Closed-circuit to Mr. Boisclar: As a resident in the 5th district, I can tell you that running tasteless ads such as the beforementiond will all but guareantee that you won’t even sniff the neccesary votes needed to actually be relevant in a congressional race.

  5. Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/14/2011 - 09:55 am.

    I received the following thoughtful reply to my email to Mr. Boisclair’s campaign:

    “James,

    Thank you for your support. Your credit card contribution has been processed!”

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