GOP nominates candidate that claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment

A candidate that claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment for abortion and LGBT rights has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois.

In a close race, Susanne Atanus, a 55-year-old Christian conservative, won the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in Illinois, defeating her  primary opponent, Republican David Earl Williams III.

According to a report published by the Chicago Daily Herald, Atanus claims that God is “angry” with the United States and has sent scourges like autism and dementia to punish the American people

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus told the Daily Herald. She claims 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’ primary opponent, Republican David Earl Williams III, has called for a recount of the official results, which showed 12,447 votes for Atanus and 12,012 votes for Williams with all 338 precincts reporting in Cook County.

Raw Story reports Williams posted a statement on his official Facebook page suggesting that incumbent Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky had urged her supporters to cross party lines and vote for Atanus.

In November Atanus will face Schakowsky in the general election. Schakowsky, who is considered one of the most progressive members of the U.S. House of Representatives, is expected to easily win that race.

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