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Chicago Congressional Candidate: Autism and Dementia are God's Punishment for Gay Rights


Earlier this week we reported on a UK lawmaker who was suspended after claiming that floods were the result of the government's legalization of same-sex marriage.

Welcome to Chicago, where a Republican hopeful in a Congressional race for the 9th District feels the same way. Susanna Atanus, a twice-failed candidate for the office, gave her views in an interview with the Daily Herald:

"I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first," Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions.

"God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions," she said. "Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God."

Atanus's Republican opponent David Earl Williams III has views that are a bit more to the left.

Williams responded that AIDS is spread by unsafe sexual practices in all people, not just homosexuals, and said that as a veteran he was offended by her comments.

"I've served with people who were gay during, 'Don't ask, don't tell' and you aren't worrying about if someone is gay or not, you're worrying about if you're going to live the next day," Williams said.

Williams said he believes marriage should remain between a man and woman, but adds that the government should stay out of the marriage business and leave it up to churches.

Yet Williams has his own issues. He's a U.S. Navy veteran who won't say where he works because he hasn't told his employer he is running for Congress, and has a domestic violence order filed against him stemming from a long-distance relationship.

(via raw story)

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  1. She was in a beauty pageant and lost so now she's trying her hand at politics.

    Posted by: PRMGR | Jan 23, 2014 8:02:00 AM

  2. Of course God is angry. That's why he gave us two nutbags like these.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 23, 2014 8:11:38 AM

  3. "Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God." It's been in the military since time began. NEWSFLASH: God's upset with your 'do. That's why he pelted us with snow and ice. Thanks.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 23, 2014 8:13:04 AM

  4. her god must be blind because autistic children and demented elderly is a huge miss on hitting gay people

    she should focus more on her female pattern baldness than on gay people

    Posted by: Moz's | Jan 23, 2014 8:15:14 AM

  5. He's also gotta be really pissed about all the shrimp we consume as well!!!! Why dont they every protest about eating shrimp!!!!????

    Posted by: Todd B | Jan 23, 2014 8:22:51 AM

  6. The republican party needs to self monitor it's candidates. Prefacing inane comments with God this and God that is doing a disservice to actual religion.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jan 23, 2014 8:24:40 AM

  7. I'm pretty sure she blame gays of her lack of hair too

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 23, 2014 8:26:28 AM

  8. If it would help my son with Autism, I would like to ask everyone to give back their Gay Rights.

    Her appearance, an easy target, doesn't give her any credibility either. She looks like a prison matron dressed up for a date with a pretty girl.

    Thank you towleroad for throwing the meat to the wolves day after day.

    Posted by: Fatherofsonwithautism | Jan 23, 2014 8:27:44 AM

  9. @Hey Darlin',

    The more Republicans say crap like this, the more they'll lose elections. ;-)

    Would you rather have someone who is a bigot disguise it; reach office; and then screw us over?

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 23, 2014 8:29:58 AM

  10. The Best and the Brightest!!

    Posted by: bobbyj | Jan 23, 2014 8:31:30 AM

  11. Homophobia is God's punishment for stupidity.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 23, 2014 8:34:51 AM

  12. Nice to know she believes in an Old Testament God that believes in punishment. This is beyond the pale.

    Posted by: robertL | Jan 23, 2014 8:40:38 AM

  13. Williams won't say where he works because he hasn't told his employer that he' s running for congress? How does one run for congress on the down low? I guess he thinks his employer never notices campaign signs/turns on the tv/ reads a newspaper/ goes online... Lol; how bizarre

    Posted by: Rafa in Toronto | Jan 23, 2014 8:54:02 AM

  14. Again, the Christians reveal that they worship a god that “punishes” the innocent for the alleged sins of others.

    You cannot believe in a loving God and be a Christian.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 23, 2014 8:54:04 AM

  15. If you read the article you can see that the Christian lady is hardly a one issue candidate. She also believes the way to solve the nation's fiscal problems is to abolish the stock market indices like the dow jones and s&p 500, that we should have no borders and that anyone in the world should be able to go anywhere in the world without a passport, and, somewhat contradictorily, that we need to increase domestic eavesdropping and surveillance. A bit shockingly, she has an MBA and a masters in public policy.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jan 23, 2014 8:57:51 AM

  16. She is of course absolutely correct and history proves it. The move towards gay rights and official recognition of same sex couples by national governments has only really developed in the last 30/40 years or so. Before then in a world where homosexuality was almost entirely legally the earth was a paradise, God was happy and there were no diseases, illness, disabilities, famines, floods, disasters or human suffering of any kind !

    Posted by: Den | Jan 23, 2014 8:58:49 AM

  17. Oops, the word 'legally' above should have read 'illegal'

    Posted by: Den | Jan 23, 2014 9:00:10 AM

  18. Ah, the old Republican candidate in Chicago. Well, good luck with that.

    Posted by: Martin | Jan 23, 2014 9:03:58 AM

  19. A profoundly ugly human being on many levels.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Jan 23, 2014 9:06:50 AM

  20. @ Victor

    I know, I was just wondering out loud why the Republican party would continue to watch their political boat sink without passing the bail bucket.

    It works for me though, I'll watch from the comfort of the shore.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jan 23, 2014 9:07:40 AM

  21. When I look at her face I keep thinking of that line from Rodney Dangerfield: "The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it."

    Posted by: dommyluc | Jan 23, 2014 9:09:42 AM

  22. And whichever of them wins the primary is going to be up against Jan Schakowsky, one of the most progressive members of the House, in one of the bluest districts in the country.

    Might as well just let the crazy hang out -- can't hurt.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jan 23, 2014 9:14:06 AM

  23. Enough already. Why are these ignoramuses allowed to even open their mouths? I suppose though this forum acts like a modern-day pillory. We can mock them as we read their offensive actions. Unfortunately we cannot gag them.

    Posted by: GILA | Jan 23, 2014 9:16:42 AM

  24. Is there no autism or dementia among Christians? Of course there is.
    Now why did GOD punish her by making her stupid?

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 23, 2014 9:20:44 AM

  25. Maybe she should pray for HAIR ?????

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 23, 2014 9:36:45 AM

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