Sunday, October 26, 2008

Democratic candidate for Congress: "We have nothing to fear from radical Islam"

When challenged, he "qualified" that assertion by saying "his comment about Islam was meant to address the threat of Islam to America's belief system, not its infrastructure."

"WAAY-TV pulls ad about Griffith's 'Islam' remark," by Niki Doyle for the Huntsville Times, October 25: A local TV station has pulled the latest National Republican Congressional Committee ad in the 5th Congressional District campaign, apparently because of disputes over Democratic candidate Parker Griffith's statements about "radical Islam," according to an NRCC spokesman.

WAAY-TV Channel 31 did not air the ad, which features black-and-white footage of several terrorist bombings and the Sept. 11 attacks before airing audio of Griffith saying, "We have nothing to fear from radical Islam."

NRCC spokesman Brendan Buck said the station told him that some of Griffith's words were taken out of context.

Station mangers at WAAY-TV Channel 31 did not return phone messages left Friday afternoon.

Buck said the NRCC is working with the station to clear up any misunderstandings and hopes to have to the ad back on the air early next week.

"It's just like any other campaign ad where you show video and then take a sentence from a newspaper or other publication and show it," he said. "I don't see a difference between that and this. We're working with the station ... but it's indisputable that Parker Griffith said radical Islam is not a threat to America."

A statement issued from Griffith's campaign accused the NRCC of creating an ad that was "misleading and false."

Griffith, a state senator running against Republican Wayne Parker, told The Times last week that his comment about Islam was meant to address the threat of Islam to America's belief system, not its infrastructure.

The comment was recorded during a question-and-answer session with the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association in September,

"I don't think anyone in the room misunderstood what I was saying," Griffith told The Times. "I was in a room full of Baptist ministers, and we were talking about religion, not matters of national security. The point I was making was that if we are strong in our Christian beliefs, that is stronger than any Islamic threat."

This is the second NRCC ad that WAAY-TV has chosen not to air without modifications. The station and WAFF-TV Channel 48 yanked an ad that attacked Griffith's medical career. The ads were aired a few days later with revisions.


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