Actually, you are the one being silly without apparently realizing it. Let's examine the slogan you are using, one that has been used ad nauseum by Palin and Co.
"Associations are relevant". OK, let's examine that. What is an "association"? Does the phrase "association with" have any meaning without providing additional context? No, it does not. There is a huge difference between attending a fundraiser which included a (fill in the blank - atheist, KKK Grand Wizard, tax evader) and being "associated" with them, as in being closely connected to them, following their ideology, etc.
All this "associations are relevant" nonsense is just that, nonsense, because it provides no context. Did the ad say that she went to a fundraiser where one of the 40 people was an atheist? No. It said she was "associating" with Godless people.
You know what the basic problem seems to be, AGG?
The liberals LOVE to hurl these sorts of innuendos and accusations at the "right," and they scream bloody murder when they "get some of their own medicine."
Associations ARE important to voters simply because the voters will evaluate for themselves whether or not they think the "association" is just a "political" thing or if it seems to have such repeated consistency as to REVEAL the true "feelings" and "leanings" of a candidate.
Obama is not much different from many liberals, except for being "hard core far left" of even most liberals and the furthest left of all the current Senators. THAT IS an "association" that is both proven and claimed BY Obama himself.
But to the point of the apparent "outrage" over the Hagen ad, and I LIVE in North Carolina, it is no different from Barack Obama being "associated" with Planned Parenthood and THEIR desire for unrestricted abortion. That group of supporters for Hagen wants anything remotely "connected" to God OUT of everything, especially anything that concerns THEIR view of what is "public," whether it is school, government, or anything.
Hagen goes to them, accepts their money, KNOWING full well that what they STAND FOR is decidely anti-Christian and anti-God, period. For "political expediency" she is willing to take their money and their support. Why? Why would they even support her? What might they think is "in it" for them?
Hagen is an Episcopalean by choice. This is neither the time nor the place to "debate" some of those "Christian" beliefs, but it IS relevant to ask WHY a "NO GOD" group would want to through their support to someone who claims to hold "Christian" beliefs that are completely opposite of their avowed stance.
Furthermore, just how often has the liberal "pot" tried to "tar and feather" anyone who "DARED" to go to some places, such as Bob Jones University (which surprisingly DOES also support "Christian" ideals and beliefs)?
Beyond that, Hagen HAS a record, unlike most of Barack Obama's "smoke and mirrors" of virtually undefined "change." HER record is more big governement, more taxation, increased (literally doubled) the State spending and increasing the State debt. The "change" she wants is MORE big government, more taxation, more spending, more of "you don't know enough yourself to decide what to do with your money so give it to us and WE will decide what to do with it, even if you "fundamentally" disagree with "our choices," such as funding Planned Parenthood and their INDUSTRY of making money from killing babies and their support for induced labor and letting the "born" baby DIE (otherwise known as Infanticide).
North Carolina, along with several other "tobacco producing States," has been the "recipient" of this warped liberal thinking for years, and it has hurt MILLIONS of North Carolinians.
How you might ask?
Tobacco is the really BAD boogey man. Therefore we are going to make the "evil" tobacco companies PAY exhorbitant taxes to BOTH the government and to the "blessed lawyers." Nevermind that it will COST thousands of people their jobs.
And by the way, did I forget to mention that they want to keep using Tobacco as a source of funding for their major pet projects? Tobacco tax is VITAL to MANY of the liberal programs, both State and Federal.
IF tobacco IS such a huge "evil," (and doesn't the decision to smoke or not to smoke reside with the Individual's "right to choose" for themselves?), WHY doesn't the government simply declare it ILLEGAL and remove ALL tobacco, shut down the "evil" companies and do away with all the farming, processing, producing, and selling. If it is THAT harmful and bad, WHY support it JUST to get the TAX money?
Oh ya, let's not forget the "mantra" of the anti-smoking liberal crowd....the "second-hand smoke" risks to others is WHY we are banning smoking from all government buildings, are getting laws passed to ban smoking from "public access" buildings like business and bars. And we are trying our darnedest to get smoking banned from YOUR cars and homes too. All because of some unproven "fear" of second-hand smoke health problems for other people.
But, "second-hand" problems for babies as a result of choices to engage in sex? Naaaa....THAT's not a "second-hand choice" that "potentially causes harm to another human being." Forget the "harm," it KILLS the innocent person who is the "victim" of your choices, albeit "secondarily."
Hagan is what Hagan is. She is a "died in the wool" liberal who will say, and had proven she will DO, anything to get elected so she can impose MORE governmental control over the people. She is dedicated to the proposition that "all people are NOT created equal, endowed by their Creator with unalienable RIGHTS, among which are life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness." There is NO "guarantee" FOR happiness, just the right to pursue its attainment in a free society. But LIFE is a guarantee that the liberals are dedicated to taking away, and keeping away, from all the "non-voting block" of babies.
"Outraged" over the ad? Give me a break!
And since you seem to also believe in flying pigs, perhaps it would be a good time to remind folks that you can dress up a pig, put lipstick on it, and it's STILL a Pig. Very appropriate when you think of all the PORK spending the liberals always support (like the attempted giving of MILLIONS of dollars to ACORN).