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.


  1. Sean says

    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.

  2. Chadd says

    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.

  3. unruly says

    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.

  4. Bernie says

    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?

  5. LightAndBreezy says

    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!

  6. SteveDenver says

    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?

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