I remember a postcard we received in WV during the last presidential elections saying that a particular democratic candidate was godless and that voting for him would result in having our bibles taken away. The question about such tactics isn't that of racism or secularism versus religion... but who came up with the idea as being a good one, and who is validating it when they see it.
I remember radio campaigns in Maryland during the last election, reminding black voters that the GOP was the party of Abraham Lincoln and that slavery in america would still be an issue without the GOP. Certainly true... and dinosaurs would still walk the earth if it wasn't for space rocks, so lets vote for meteorites too!
Pointing ads like these out, and ridiculing them in the light of day, is important. Such political ads are generated by the ignorant, and only accepted as relevant by the ignorant. Too bad that some actually are swayed by them.
'The postcard features a photo of a black woman who resemble Aunt Jemima. The text reads, ?Yessum, Mr. Harry (Forbes). I?m supposed ta votes for you and Mr. Rich (Caridi). Then Iz supposed to vote for Mr. Greg (Chelak) and Mr. Ray (Tonkin) too. I?ll be good. I?m not like the rest. I don?t want you or the Sheriff mad at me.?'
With all the talk of the Jena 6 and how the South is still cursed with its racism, I just wanted to provide an example showing that the South is not alone, especially since this seems worse to me.