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IL Congressional Candidate Who Said Autism is God's Punishment for Gay Marriage Wins Primary


Towleroad readers may remember Susanna Atanus, a Republican congressional candidate from the Chicago area who made headlines in January for an interview she gave in which she offered a nutty perspective on gay rights and abortion:

"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 WON her primary, the Niles Herald-Spectator reports:

According to unofficial totals, Atanus received 15,238 votes to Williams’ 13,864 votes...

Republican leaders urged Atanus to leave the race, but she declined.

Her opponent, Williams, also met with controversy during the race when a Washington D.C. judge ruled Williams had stalked an ex-girlfriend and issued a domestic violence civil protection order against him, the website Evanston Now reported. Williams denied the allegations.

Atanus will face incumbent Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in November's primary.

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  1. Hoooooray! Please Tea-Partiers, keep these people coming! It's just as Andy's link on Reice Preibus suggests. When crazies win Republican primaries, Democrats do better.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 19, 2014 6:34:27 PM

  2. If I'm not mistaken, we had autism, tornadoes and dementia long before legalized abortion or gay marriage existed. What caused them before?

    Posted by: Clayton | Mar 19, 2014 6:38:42 PM


    Posted by: PapaBear | Mar 19, 2014 6:39:48 PM

  4. God controls the weather and disease, but seems to have very poor aim since tornados and diseases like autism seem to occur randomly and impact the righteous and the wicked equally. I mean seriously - a tornado rips apart Oklahoma several times every year and every county in the place votes Republican.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 19, 2014 6:42:03 PM

  5. The Rethugs don't usually put up a serious candidate in that district. It has been democratic since the New Deal

    Posted by: Boomer | Mar 19, 2014 6:50:37 PM

  6. This misguided soul is actually god's punishment to ALL of humnity.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Mar 19, 2014 6:53:43 PM

  7. If God exists (he doesn't), he has horrible aim. He's trying to target Gays but he's giving the olds dementia and kids autism? I guess Reagan was guilty too.

    Posted by: unruly | Mar 19, 2014 7:03:39 PM

  8. Why is god so pi$$ed off all the time ?

    Or is it only in the Republican's World ?
    Is happiness a sin too ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 19, 2014 7:07:47 PM

  9. I don't want to live on this planet anymore, BUT I WILL IN ORDER FOR TORNADOES AND EARTHQUAKES TO DESTROY THE EARTH


    Posted by: Frankly | Mar 19, 2014 7:13:43 PM

  10. It is hard to believe that this moronic woman could win.........not only are her beliefs on gays twisted, she also shows ignorance on dementia and autism.......Did she ever consider the families of loved ones with dementia or autism?

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 19, 2014 7:35:51 PM

  11. good. another safe democratic seat.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 19, 2014 7:37:04 PM

  12. This is why I am, and always will be, a gay supremacist.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Mar 19, 2014 8:02:34 PM

  13. Time to make fun of her name = @anus.

    Posted by: Marty | Mar 19, 2014 8:16:00 PM

  14. America - America - This Is You - Da - Da Da - Dun!

    Apparently god is more of a dumb-f*** than your average person. Have infinite cosmic power and angry at group A? Well punish a bunch of non-As with consequences that make no sense at all!

    Maybe Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, schizophrenia, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc are god's punishment for the existence of homophobes! Unfalsifiable arguments must be so much fun for anti-gays; I know because god told me so herself!

    Posted by: LightAndBreezy | Mar 19, 2014 8:19:31 PM

  15. Sorry, lady, but no amount of zealotry will reverse your male pattern baldness.

    Posted by: Mikey B. | Mar 19, 2014 9:50:01 PM

  16. Unbelievable. Call her Olga. Or Bertha.

    Posted by: Nikko | Mar 19, 2014 10:02:37 PM

  17. There are no winners in this race, literally.

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 19, 2014 10:11:45 PM

  18. Talk about a no win election, a psycho bigot vs. a psych stalker.

    Posted by: JMC | Mar 19, 2014 10:37:27 PM

  19. So which one is Susanna? I see two men sitting there...

    Posted by: Tre | Mar 19, 2014 11:05:25 PM

  20. No worries. The Democratic incumbent she'll be up against won with 66% of the vote in 2012.

    Posted by: Dan B | Mar 19, 2014 11:05:36 PM

  21. What a piece of work, I LOVE THIS TEA PARTY TRASH: they practically force moderate Republican voters to sit out or vote Democrat.

    Isn't it odd how "God" sends tornadoes through the Bible Belt to illustrate his displeasure?

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Mar 20, 2014 5:51:45 AM

  22. Plus she's a snappy dresser!

    Posted by: mdnc | Mar 20, 2014 6:45:48 AM

  23. And what caused God's punishment that she sees in the mirror every morning?

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Mar 20, 2014 7:21:07 AM

  24. There's a degree of irony in her being called S.Atanus, isn't there? Satan + anus, which nicely summarises her preoccupations.

    Posted by: RH | Mar 20, 2014 7:26:51 AM

  25. Wow! The tea party really came up with a winner here!!!

    Posted by: John P Ouderkirk, MD | Mar 20, 2014 9:28:21 AM

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