Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Susanne Atanus

In our continuing series looking at some of the more bizarre Republican candidates for public office around the country, we look today at Susanne Atanus, a candidate in the Republican primary for the right to challenge incumbent Rep. Jan Schakowsky. The local paper had a forum with her and the other candidate, during which she blurted out this:

Atanus was outspoken on several other issues, as well.

“Abortions should not be used for birth control,” she said during an endorsement session both candidates had with the Daily Herald editorial board on Monday.

Williams said he also is pro-life, but said the decision should be between a woman and her doctor without government involvement.

“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.”

God has sent autism and dementia as punishment for gay rights and abortion. Seriously.

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  • dmcclean

    “Williams said he also is pro-life, but said the decision should be between a woman and her doctor without government involvement.”

    Huh?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    dmcclean #1: Huh?

    “I am pro-choice, but do to my location in a relatively conservative district, must use code words to express it.”

  • matty1

    So before gay rights what were tornadoes punishment for?

  • kevinalexander

    So what sin did she commit that god inflicted her with dementia?

  • vilstef

    Ed wrote: God has sent autism and dementia as punishment for gay rights and abortion. Seriously.

    There’s a measure of truth here. The Tea Party candidate is clearly demented.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “In our continuing series looking at some of the more bizarre Republican candidates for public office around the country,”

    Ed:

    You have set yourself a task that is the equivalent of painting the GW Bridge with a 1″ sash tool or re-grouting the Great Wall of China. It will not be finished, it CANNOT be finished.

    @3:

    Oz?

  • Michael Heath

    It’s worth reading the entire article; both GOP candidates are nuts.

  • sh3baproject

    we are provoking god with legalizing pot and gay marriage?

    i wonder how much it would cost to build a device that keeps stupid people in control.

  • Abby Normal

    She then tossed a powder into the campfire, causing it to flare up dramatically before casting a handful of chicken bones at her feet and adding, “The Holy Spirit has sent shingles as punishment for the infield fly rule. He says it’s un-American.”

  • MikeMa

    If I understood the subsequent article following this loon, the GOP was sufficiently embarrassed to drop this perennial nutjob from the party. Why they are embarrassed now as opposed to when she first ran I have no clue. Public outrage? Nah…

  • Michael Heath

    The article:

    Williams said he also is pro-life, but said the decision should be between a woman and her doctor without government involvement.

    dmmclean writes:

    Huh?

    This is effectively the same position John Kerry and Hillary Clinton take. That they personally think abortion is morally wrong, with the typical exceptions, but don’t think there personal position is sufficient to decide this matter for others. Disingenuous as phrased here? Absolutely, but it’s still an arguable though cowardly position.

  • dingojack

    Hoo boy was there ever a gayer town than Galveston, Texas in September 1900?

    @@

    DIngo

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Ed wrote: God has sent autism and dementia as punishment for gay rights and abortion. Seriously.”

    Well, does that mean that smallpox, diphtheria, polio, malaria, the various plagues and influenza were also sent by GOD? Might it be because GOD is really an atheist who loves science and hates willful ignorance?

  • colnago80

    Re abby Normal @ #9

    “The Holy Spirit has sent shingles as punishment for the infield fly rule”.

    Nah, its punishment for the designated hitter rule.

  • Moggie

    matty1:

    So before gay rights what were tornadoes punishment for?

    Musical theatre.

  • frankb

    I found Atanus’ website yesterday and sent a comment to her. I told her what I thought of a god that gave little kids autism because of what adults totally unrelated to the family were doing. I pointed out to her that if real parents disciplined their children that way that the local police would put them in jail to protect the neighborhood. I was relieved this morning to see that I hadn’t received a response from her. I am sure I would find her answer depressing.

  • Michael Heath

    Reginald Selkirk writes:

    “I am pro-choice, but do to my location in a relatively conservative district, must use code words to express it.”

    Illinois’ 9th District is solidly blue; are you referencing a poll or survey that shows this district is conservative on abortion rights?

  • John Pieret

    Atanus?

    I suppose a joke about her name is just too obvious.

  • Ben P

    “Williams said he also is pro-life, but said the decision should be between a woman and her doctor without government involvement.”

    For those puzzling over this statement, I don’t know why you would, it’s what virtually every politician everywhere says about abortion.

    Pro-Life advocates attempt to control the debate by saying the ones they oppose are “pro abortion,” or even more extreme, pro-baby killing. Just last week when NPR (Diane Rehm Show) did a show on abortion,the pro-life person opened by saying “40 million babies have been murdered in this country since 1976.”

    Pro-Choice politicansroutinely respond to this by say something to the effect of “I”m personally pro-life” or “I personally wouldn’t get abortion” and then add “But I believe the choice is between a woman and her doctor.”

  • Nepenthe

    Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS.

    *sigh* We dykes have been reducing the HIV infection rate by fucking women for how long now? I think a little gratitude is in order.

  • dugglebogey

    To Suzanne Atanus,

    My nephew has autism. He’s a sweet kid, now 17. He will need assistance for his entire life. And his life so far has been a constant daily challenge for my brother and his wife.

    And you’re telling me this is god’s vengeance upon my brother and his wife because some people got abortions and some gay people got married?

    Your infantile god has a fucked up way of showing his anger.

    Oh, and fuck you and everything you stand for, you fucking asshole.

    Sincerely

    Go fuck yourself.

  • Sastra

    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.

    God is the Perfect Authority — and behaves like the worst sort of abusive parent, kicking the baby because the teenager didn’t do the dishes and the house is a mess. What the hell must the home lives of people who reason like this have been like?

    Personally, I like to believe that they’re mostly saying this stuff by rote and don’t really take it seriously enough to live by. They just think they do, using different rules for God’s reality and reality reality. The Pearls are considered fringe by Christians themselves.

  • Abby Normal

    @colnago80 Re:14

    We don’t need personal prejudices confusing the issue. This is all about what God wants.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    John P

    Oh yes, but some of us don’t care…

    Bwahahahaha!

    “Atanus”? Boy they are really scraping the bottom there.

  • Richard Smith

    What heinous sin has the US indulged in to cause God to inflict Atanus upon it?

  • Scr… Archivist

    Williams isn’t much of a prize either. The article said he supported Ron Paul in 2012, and wants “a 23 percent national sales tax on all new goods and services, to replace the federal income tax and other taxes.” Ouch.

    The article goes on to say that he not only opposes marriage equality, “but adds that the government should stay out of the marriage business and leave it up to churches.” That’s a ridiculous position for a bunch of reasons.

    Fortunately (I guess), that district has voted strongly Democratic in recent elections.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    ” that district has voted strongly Democratic in recent elections”

    I wonder why….

  • dingojack

    Atanus – really should avoid the ultra-gay Japan (1088/10000 Autism), and instead move to Iran (4/10000 Autism)*.

    (Not terribly reliable) SOURCE.

    Dingo

    ——–

    BTW the US is already 91.74% as gay as Denmark, be afraid…. @@

  • dingojack

    The UK is only 58% , Israel is 9.5% as gay as the USA.

    Make of that what you will.

    Dingo

  • raven

    What is the plague of fundie xianity punishment for?

    Gays and abortion seem to already be covered. It must be modern science, universities, food stamps, or the Affordable Care Act.

    I’d ask Susanne Atanus but she seems a bit slow witted. Another example of fundie xian induced cognitive impairment. It could take her weeks to figure it out and get back to me.

  • Randomfactor

    The GOP wants her to quit making them look bad.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140123/news/701239854/

  • Michael Heath

    Randomfactor writes:

    The GOP wants her to quit making them look bad.

    Then they end up with a candidate who has a domestic violence order of protection placed against him by an ex-girlfriend. From the article Ed cited:

    According to a story published in the online newspaper Evanston Now, the allegations against [David] Williams include that he tried to have the ex-girlfriend fired from her job and kicked out of school by impersonating her online.

    Either way they have a candidate who reveals the worst of the modern-day GOP, an apparent misogynist or a standard-issue conservative Christian (with the exception she says in public what typically stays within the tribe).

  • http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/ montanto

    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.

    Isn’t it interesting then that the number of diseases and tornadoes seem to increase in states that are more god fearing, pro-life and anti equlity?

  • Thumper: Token Breeder

    I find it genuinely worrying that, in the country with the largest military in the world, people like this have a real chance of being elected.

  • raven

    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.

    Isn’t it interesting then that the number of diseases and tornadoes seem to increase in states that are more god fearing, pro-life and anti equlity?

    Tornadoes and hurricanes hit mostly in the fundie heartland of the south and central USA.

    It’s been obvious for decades that god hates fundie xians.

  • colnago80

    I don’t think that the Rethuglicans are going to expend much energy or gelt on this district. Congressperson Schakowsky won 66% of the vote in 2012, obviously not a competitive district.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    @Michael Heath:

    “It’s worth reading the entire article; both GOP candidates are nuts.”

    That’s probably because few if any sane persons would waste time and money running a futile campaign to defeat Schakowsky. It’s a very liberal district and voters here like Schakowsky.

  • felidae

    If God wants to send us a message, why doesn’t he speak in a booming voice from the sky or rent some billboards or buy some TV ads Surely an omnipotent being could come up with a better way of communicating with his creations than by sending disease and disasters in some roundabout way to get his message across

  • freehand

    “[Atanus] maintains that ridding the nation of the stock indexes including the S&P, Dow Jones and Nasdaq would improve the nation’s fiscal troubles.”

    Okaayyy…

    [Smiles, backs out of room slowly.]

  • Randomfactor

    Update: The nutcase won. She’s the Republican candidate now.