ORLANDO (FBW) -- Pro-family leader and Southern Baptist layman Daniel Webster has been compared to Islamic extremists as "Taliban Dan Webster" in a television commercial by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, his opponent in the closely contested Orlando-area congressional race.
The 30-second ad released Sept. 25 has been criticized by three independent organizations for taking Webster's words out of context.
With black and white images of women in Islamic burkas, gun-toting terrorists, and maps of Afghanistan, Iran and Orlando, a woman announcer declares in the ad, "Religious fanatics tried to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in Central Florida," followed by video of Webster saying, "Wives submit yourselves to your own husband."
The announcer then asserts, "Daniel Webster wants to impose his radical fundamentalism on us," with another video clip of Webster: "She should submit to me. That's in the Bible."
The ad also includes two clips of Webster saying, "Submit to me."
The full text of the Grayson ad is:
The ad has been criticized as "false" by PolitiFact.com, a campaign fact-checking project of The St. Petersburg Times. The Orlando Sentinel reported, "The Grayson campaign edited the original video, chopping it up and taking Webster's words out of context." And, FactCheck.org, an project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, found Grayson manipulated the video.
Webster's campaign released the video after the Grayson campaign declined media requests to release the video in order to evaluate Webster's comments in the full context.
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