Bogus Rep. Ellison Challenger Claims Quran "Says You Should Be Killed"

November 10, 2011 2:59 pm ET — Kate Conway

Gary Boisclair

The anti-abortion group Society for Truth and Justice has hit upon a novel way of forcing its message onto television airwaves. While most stations would turn down ads with the graphic images the group uses to get across its abortion-is-murder point, election law requires stations to give all federal candidates equal access to airtime, so the group has started running bogus political candidates for the express purpose of forcing their message onto the public's retinas.

But now, the group has branched out beyond its anti-reproductive rights agenda into religious bigotry. (Not really a surprise, since its founder, Randall Terry, has previously led demonstrations on how to publicly desecrate Islam's holy book.) Gary Boisclair, the candidate put up by Society for Truth and Justice against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D), has produced an ad attacking the congressman's faith, claiming that the Quran "undermines our Constitution and says you should be killed." Via the Minnesota Independent:

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."

Boisclair doesn't yet have the money to put the video on television, and YouTube, where it was originally posted, has removed it, citing its policy against "shocking and disgusting content." The Media Research Center, unfortunately, has no such scruples.