Quoting Quiverfull: Blaming Disasters on “God’s Wrath”?

Quoting Quiverfull: Blaming Disasters on “God’s Wrath”? January 24, 2014

From The Examiner – GOP Candidate claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment

Suzanne Atanus, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois, claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment for abortion and LGBT rights.

Atanus claims that God is “angry” with the United States and has sent scourges like autism and dementia to punish the American people, according to a report published Jan. 22 by the Chicago Daily Herald.

Atanus is seeking the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in Illinois. Her opponent for the GOP nomination is David Earl Williams III, a first time candidate and U.S. Navy veteran, who says he voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but has since changed his political leanings.

The winner of the GOP primary will face Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall.

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said at an endorsement session with the Daily Herald. 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.”

Williams, her opponent for the GOP nomination, responded that AIDS is spread by unsafe sexual practices in all people, not just homosexuals, and said that as a veteran he was offended by her comments.

Atanus, 55, has run for this office twice before — she lost the 2010 GOP primary and in 2012 was taken off the ballot because she didn’t have enough valid signatures.

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  • Nightshade

    Huh. One would think that if her god is that great and powerful he might have better aim when dispensing his wrath. You know, hit the people he’s actually angry with rather than smiting innocent children with autism.

  • gimpi1

    And the madness continues…

    Well, I suppose those of us in the sane world should be happy that people like this lady continue to shoot themselves in the foot. I’m pretty sure she just lost the votes of many people. Pretty-much everyone who isn’t as over-the-top deranged as she is.

  • Trollface McGee

    Wow, so not only do I have super-gay powers to cause natural disasters, I can also cause diseases, just by being gay? You’d think an omnipotent God who is so mad about gays and abortions would stop making gay people and only let people who want to be pregnant become pregnant.
    On a side note, my straight dad, wherever he goes – there’s a disaster of some sort – usually flooding or heavy rain… to the point where his neighbours make regular jokes asking him to visit their drought-stricken relatives. I think he may have stolen my powers of evil >.>

  • Hannah

    So before legalized abortion and gay rights were a thing, there was no autism, dementia, or tornadoes? Ugh. I think a quick glance over history would prove that theory wrong.

  • gimpi1

    Perhaps we’re doing better now, Hannah. After all, the Plague has been in profound decline for centuries, smallpox is just-about eradicated, polio is in decline, and we are much better at predicting tornadoes and hurricanes then we were in the past.

    If God is so upset about gay people, abortion or whatever her hobby-horse of the week is, why have we made so much progress against disease and disaster? Does she believe God has nothing to do with that? Or is her version of God just responsible for bad things?

  • Saraquill

    *clears throat* F*CK YOU, Ms. Atanus. Don’t rope my family into your self-righteous drivel.

  • I’m also unhappy with her words for another reason: Most people with some degree of autism is not so much disabled as differently abled. Our main problem is similar to the problem of the left-handed person who try to use right-handed scissors: The world is not made for them, and things often don’t work to optimize our (I have Aspergers) gifts.

    Why would it be a punishment on the world if God makes people with different skill and weakness sets? People who are different may make you to learn working along with the Jesus who came to care about the outsiders (Luk 4:18-19).

    Autistics are not a punishment on the world: We are skilled, rational people who have a lot to contribute, if NTs(neurotypicals) could just learn to deal with the fact that we don’t always fit in with the little social conventions they have.

    And I don’t think there are more of us than before, either: I believe more of us get diagnosed nowadays, and most people bordering on autism did not get diagnosed before.

  • I guess my church going, very Christian, very conservative father who has Alzheimer’s is suffering from God’s wrath for some weird reason? People like this need to be ….. (oh well, just fill in the blank). I would love to see someone like this dealing with AD and see what happens, then.

  • Jennifer

    No, no, sweetie, it’s not just your being gay that sparks the divine wrath, it’s when society has the nerve to let you do things like marry, raise a family and live your life in peace that starts the unfettered natural destruction and pox-flinging onto innocent people. Obviously, the solution to natural disasters and autism is to gang up on gay folks like old-school villagers in a 30’s movie storming the monster’s castle, with pitchforks and torches a-blazing 😉

  • Trollface McGee

    Damn, and here I was thinking magic powers when I’m the equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster… though he’s getting a movie soon where he beats up gargoyles or something so that’s not so bad.

  • texcee

    See, the kicker in all the God-is-gonna-get-you argument is that, if God is as angry and as powerful as you’re saying he is, why don’t we see more concrete proof of it? If he is able to smite all of us sinners with his almighty wrath, why isn’t it happening? Because he’d rather send a typhoon to wipe out people in Indonesia instead of zapping the gays going to Disneyland? Because it’s more effective to make a volcano erupt in Chile than to open up the earth and swallow a Planned Parenthood clinic in a poor neighborhood in Detroit? Why doesn’t he make an asteroid land on Pat Robertson or Robert Tilton instead of giving a 2 year old brain cancer? Because God — if he/she/it even exists — doesn’t care about your agenda, that’s why!