Tulsa Mayorial Candidate Anna Falling Runs on Platform of Church-State Merging

Tulsa, Oklahoma mayorial candidate Anna Falling is running on a platform of Christianity. And nothing else, it seems.

The least of her problems is that she wants the Tulsa Zoo to include an exhibit on Creationism.

More importantly, look who she wants running the city:

“We will also look for people who want to characterize the origins of both man and animals in a way that honors Judeo-Christian science that proves God as the creator,” she said.

When asked whether she meant that she would recruit Christians to serve the city, Falling said she was talking about “people committed to their churches.” When asked whether she meant Christian churches, she said, “churches, yes.”

Falling’s campaign has been overtly Christian-themed. But she said she wants to embrace people of all religions, not alienate them.

“I’d love to be able to visit with them,” she said, adding that there’s common ground. “I know God loves them. I love them. This is an opportunity for us to be able to be friends and make a difference in this community.”

While she deserves ridicule for suggesting that the zoo should endorse Creationism, that there is such a thing as “Judeo-Christian science,” and that such a science has ever “proven” anything, I’m more concerned with the potential lawsuits she has coming her way.

Based on her comments, atheists would be openly discriminated against. She’s opening the door to all sorts of litigation. If she were mayor, the taxpayers of Tulsa would be on the hook for paying for all sorts of lawyer fees with every lost case — and she would lose them all.

Forget a wall of separation between church and state. Falling wants to tear down the wall and have the two move in together.

When asked about how the police and fire departments are way over-budget, she explains how she would solve the problem.

Church.

Tulsa’s churches, if invited into City Hall in force, could transform our City’s brokenness by helping mentor before real problems arise. This in turn reduces police, courts and juvenile costs, and sees lives transformed.

Our police officers deserve this kind of support!

How will she fix the mass-transit problem?

Church.

Right now, bus riders know the route will not always take them to the intended destination. Limitations to stops and routes make most everyone have to walk at least some distance. In other areas, whole parts of town are simply missing from the bus routes.

And as most have found, buses do not run to church on Sunday. How do churches address the Sunday issue? They pick up their parishioners in the church vans or buses.

Why can’t we activate the churches to be part of the solution? They can help provide companies in non-bus route areas with a new transportation solution for their workers, and provide a whole new world of job choices to workers who are currently limited on job choices due to the limited bus routes.

What’s her top priority if elected?

Church.

1. Bringing Tulsa’s churches into City Hall to receive training and equipping; then activating them in Tulsa’s schools, neighborhoods, jails and low-income housing areas to restore wholeness to the community and lower city costs associated with each.

Nice intentions, but completely illegal. You would think a potential government official would read up on the Constitution.

I don’t see anything that says she has a chance of winning… but it’s Oklahoma. So who knows.

(Thanks to everyone for the link!)

  • AxeGrrl

    Looking at that photo, I can almost hear her saying: “welcome to Delta! we love to fly, and it shows

  • Gavrilo

    Hemant, do you really think that:
    - she does not stand a chance of winning
    - if she won, she’d lose the law suits against her policies?

    I’d love to believe that, but franky I’m not so sure, given the current zeitgeist in the US. Then again, speaking from Switzerland, you certainly know better.

  • tetsuo

    Jesus tap-dancing Christ, I thought I was on the Onion for a second.

  • gribblethemunchkin

    I’d think shes certainly in with a chance of winning, this is after all a time where someone as dense as Sarah Palin can become a national leader of the right wing.

    As for her chances of winning the lawsuits, slim to none i’d say. She is so clearly in the wrong that she honestly wouldn’t have a legal leg to stand on.

  • The Other Tom

    Axegrrl: Looking at that photo, I can almost hear her saying “My face hurts. Can I please go back to snarling now?”

    Gavrilo: The sorts of things she is proposing are the sorts of things that tend to get shot down by courts. There’s a ton of precedent for them, and they’re really, really illegal, and she’s being so blatant about it that she doesn’t have a chance in her imaginary hell of winning. To win the case(s) she would have to demonstrate that her actions had neither the intent nor the effect of endorsing, advocating, or otherwise promoting religion, especially any particular religion. As she has already publically stated that promoting religion, and christianity in particular, is her agenda, she has effectively already lost the case(s).

    Hemant: If she were mayor, and the city got sued into the ground over all the things she would do, and the taxpayers ended up on the hook for it… well, they wouldn’t elect someone like her again, would they?

    Citizens of Tulsa: If the bigot with the bottle-blonde hair gets elected, those of you who voted against her are cordially invited to move to Massachusetts, where we have the best politicians money can buy instead. It’s a nice place to live. Everyone else can take the B-ark.

  • http://pdxoutsider.com TheOutsider

    Why do all of these female borderline-middle-aged biblethumping public figures have the same pained rictus grin? I’ve seen exactly that expression on Coulter and Bachmann. Are they all going to the same botox clinic? Is it a reaction to the fiery purifying power of God’s love? Did they share a tray of habanero poppers and they’re paying an unmentionable price? What can explain this?

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    Judeo-Christian science

    This is one of those cases where “Judeo-Christian” is a code word for “Fundamentalist Protestant”. Most of the time you hear that phrase that’s usually what it means when people are trying to sneak something under the radar by suggesting it doesn’t violate the First Amendment…because it’s “Judeo-Christian”.

  • http://lyonlegal.blogspot.com/ Vincent

    Having grown up a Catholic in Oklahoma I can pretty confidently say she keeps saying “churches” while assiduously avoiding the word “Christian” because she doesn’t want to leave out the Catholics or to appear to do so to her protestant audience. Catholics go to church but to the Protestants there, Catholics aren’t Christians.
    Other populations are so small I don’t think she feels the need to mention them.

    Oh, and I think she has a chance of winning. I mean, it’s Mayor of the town where Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma Christian Community College are.

  • Kaylya

    She’s currently one of 11 vying for the Republican nomination in the primary on Sept 8th. The article below definitely views two others as the front runners.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=262&articleid=20090812_11_A11_DeweyB559858&allcom=1

  • http://amused-muse.blogspot.com Kristine

    “Church, church, church!” (A takeoff on “Jobs, jobs, jobs!”) Beshrew my heart, but that platform is such a stitch that I’m tempted (naturally, being a heathen) to wish for her victory!

  • Pony

    When asked whether she meant that she would recruit Christians to serve the city, Falling said she was talking about “people committed to their churches.” When asked whether she meant Christian churches, she said, “churches, yes.”

    Nice. Not so subtle indication that those other religions don’t have REAL churches… One delusion is as good as any other, but this is just so blatant.

  • http://logofveritas.blogspot.com Veritas

    More like Ann Failing. Hey-o!

  • stogoe

    Tulsa’s churches, if invited into City Hall in force, could transform our City’s brokenness by helping mentor before real problems arise. This in turn reduces police, courts and juvenile costs, and sees lives transformed.

    Does she really think that churches aren’t already doing this on their own? If it’s not working already, how is doing the exact same thing with government funding going to produce different results?

  • http://seangill-insidemyhead.blogspot.com/ SeanG

    “I’d love to be able to visit with them,” she said, adding that there’s common ground. “I know God loves them. I love them.

    Now that just creeps me out. For some reason it makes me think of the Stepford Wives.

  • James H

    I actually like one point she raises. Encouraging churches to mentor potentially troubled youth is not a bad thing. As much as I disagree with those churches (the whole existence of God issue, doncha know), giving troubled adolescents a community is not a bad thing.

  • mkb

    Church groups don’t need the city to organize their outreach. If they want to set up bus companies, let them set up companies — without the city’s involvement. If they’re not doing it now, why does she think her election would make it happen?

  • stogoe

    Those troubled youths are already christian* and already mentored by their owne churches. Again, do you really think that none of the churches in Tulsa have youth outreach programs? This is about co-opting the police force and government funding.

    *Not because christians are terrible people but because the vast majority of americans are christian already. Everyone’s already heard the Jesus story, guys – telling it over and over to people who a) are already christian or b) have grown up in a jesus-soaked culture isn’t going to be new information.

  • Ramon Caballero

    I know I am a kid, but when reading her I could not stop hearing in my mind to Scar from the Lion King movie:
    “…we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era, in which Lion and Hyena come together, in a great and glorious future!!…”
    and you know how that did go :S
    Lion=Government; Hyena=Church, although it could be the other way around :)

  • http://defiantskeptic.wordpress.com/ Alex (the defiant skeptic)

    Somebody might want to mention to her that her entire campaign platform is illegal. Dunno. Just a thought.

  • Ned

    She could always do MILF porn if she doesn’t get elected.

  • http://www.burningtheletters.net Miranda Hale

    Wow. Batshit crazy. And scary :/

  • http://www.DangerousTalk.net DangerousTalk

    Here is an Examiner Article that I wrote on this:
    Mayor candidate Anna Falling believes God belongs in the zoo

    I also included a link to her likely Democratic opponent. Please support him even if your don’t live in Tulsa.

  • CybrgnX

    Disgusting!!! where are all those fundamentalist male assholes against gays????
    The very BuyBull she talks about forbids her to do what she is doing.
    No woman shall have dominion over man!!!!!
    Those gay hating males should be enforcing that same section of the BuyBull and stoning her ass!!!! Bloody hippo-krits!!!

  • http://littlelioness.net Fiona

    She woulddn’t cope well if they had a party like the “Australian Sex Party” (officially registered this week! yeh!) to run against her…

  • Dan W

    Holy shit, let’s hope she doesn’t get elected to that mayoral position!

    Is it just me, or does she have a slight resemblance to Ann Coulter in that picture?

  • http://no2religion.blogspot.com no2religion

    @James H Says:

    I actually like one point she raises. Encouraging churches to mentor potentially troubled youth is not a bad thing. As much as I disagree with those churches (the whole existence of God issue, doncha know), giving troubled adolescents a community is not a bad thing.

    It is not a community they will get. It is a fundie brainwashing!

  • http://no2religion.blogspot.com no2religion

    @mkb Says:

    Church groups don’t need the city to organize their outreach. If they want to set up bus companies, let them set up companies — without the city’s involvement. If they’re not doing it now, why does she think her election would make it happen?

    Taxpayer money.

  • Seedlet

    AGGHHH!!! All of my life as an atheist I have tried to remain civil and neutral while still defending my beliefs, but stuff like this makes it harder and Harder! I literally want to scream. GRAHH!!

  • Jeannette

    oh, Tulsa.

    I really hope she doesn’t compromise the Tulsa Zoo in that manner. I have such fond memories of it!

    Growing up in the neighborhood around Marshall Elementary (not the best part of town), I hardly ever remember Jesus being mentioned. While there does need to be some kind of intervention for those kids, I don’t think church is the answer.

  • Casey

    OH NO! I live in Tulsa, and I am not happy with this news. Our current mayor has done a great service to this city, but she has chosen not to run for re-election, unfortunately. This is very disturbing, and I’m going to check out how I can help campaign for the opposition. I can bear Tulsa with a Democratic Mayor. But with this lady?? I think I’d go insane. I can’t let that woman ruin our city.

  • http://www.banalleakage.com martymankins

    She would be much hotter if she didn’t have those crazy eyes. Must be an effect of merging of church-state.


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