Republican House Candidate Who Said Autism Was the Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage Just Won Her Primary

Susanne Atanus, the 55-year-old Republican who told a local newspaper that God put autism and dementia on Earth as punishment for marriage equality and abortion, just won her primary for a seat in the House of representatives. She will face off against incumbent Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky this November:

Voters in the Republican primary will have two very different candidates to choose from in the 9th Congressional District, as David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus vie for the right to face Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall…

“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.

Party leaders in the state urged her to drop out of the race, but she didn’t. Worked out for her (and maybe the rest of us, too); she came away with a narrow victory over her opponent David Earl Williams III:

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Note to The Blaze: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is Not a ‘Separatist’ Group

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Separatists”?

Something militant? Something evil? Though it technically refers to a group seeking independence from their country, we usually only hear the term in violent contexts (like in the image below, with the destruction caused by a separatist group).

Take a look at the word in print:

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Georgia Is One Signature Away from a Ten Commandments Monument in the State Capitol Building

Earlier this week, the Georgia state House passed a bill on a 138-37 vote that would install a Ten Commandments monument on or around the state Capitol grounds… much like they did in Oklahoma:

Now, the Senate has followed suit with a 40-10 vote, leaving only Republican Governor Nathan Deal in the way of yet another Christian shrine on government property.

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This Police Chief is Using His Office to Promote Christianity and the Proof is Everywhere

How often should your professional life and your personal faith overlap? Maybe you think the two should never intersect at all. Maybe you think there’s some space where the two could meet.

Either way, I hope we can all agree that Birmingham, Alabama Police Chief A. C. Roper has crossed the line many times over. Roper has been a law enforcement agent for nearly three decades and he’s held the top post for seven years.

At the same time, he’s been working on a side project called Prayer Force United, “an organization of pastors, city leaders and intercessors from local churches providing a covering of prayer over the city of Birmingham.”

That alone wouldn’t be a problem. You can be a government official who also serves as a religious leader on the side. The problem is that Roper can’t tell the difference between the two worlds and he makes it sound like they’re the same organization.

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Religious Exemption from Healthcare Law Overwhelmingly Passes the House… and That’s Bad

Yesterday, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of H.R. 1814 (the “Equitable Access to Care and Health Act”), a truly nefarious bill that would not allow anyone claiming a religious justification to entirely opt out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Whatever you think of “Obamacare,” you have to have your hackles raised by the idea that someone can entirely avoid obeying the law of the land simply by claiming it’s against some tenet of his particular religion.

As anti-“faith healing” activist Rita Swan warns us, this bill is not just popular among your standard conservative religionists, but particularly among Christian Scientists and other medicine-eschewing faiths who want carte blanche to remove themselves — and thereby their children — from science-based medicine and treatment.

And of course that affects everyone. If more and more people leave the insurance system, they put more of a burden on the health care system as a whole when they face emergencies or seek care without the safety net of insurance, making all of our costs go up.

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