Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally is attacking a state Senate candidate because she is a “dangerous” atheist.
Gayle Jordan is a Democrat running for the Tennessee State Senate in District 14, just south of Nashville. She is also an outspoken atheist, and the the executive director for Recovering from Religion, a fantastic support group that provides resources and helps people who want to leave or have left their faith.
However, for Lt. Governor McNally, Jordan is one of the most dangerous candidates he has ever seen in 40 years of politics:
In my 40+ years in politics, I’ve seen few candidates as dangerous as Gayle Jordan. We need to strongly reject her assault on faith and our Tennessee values. District 14 needs to send @ReevesforTN to the @tnsenate on March 13! https://t.co/GmmUcHyl3y
— Randy McNally (@ltgovmcnally) March 1, 2018
In my 40+ years in politics, I’ve seen few candidates as dangerous as Gayle Jordan. We need to strongly reject her assault on faith and our Tennessee values. District 14 needs to send @ReevesforTN to the @tnsenate on March 13!
Lt. Governor McNally repeated his message of prejudice and bigotry against Jordan on his official Facebook page:
Friends in Rutherford, Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties,
Please remember to vote on March 13 for Shane Reeves for State Senate in District 14. Early voting is going on now thru March 8. This important election will determine whether we will keep Tennessee on the right track with low debt, low taxes, and strong economic growth or whether we turn back and squander the success we have achieved.
In my 40 plus years in Tennessee politics, I’ve seen few candidates as dangerous as Gayle Jordan. She is not just out of step with a majority of Tennessee on matters of policy. She is out of step on matters of values and faith.
In her daily work, she directs an organization called “Recovering from Religion.” Most Tennesseans, whether they are strong believers or not, recognize the strength and comfort faith provides. Gayle Jordan rejects faith as a positive force for good in the world. She believes faith is something from which people need to be rescued.
This is not the type of person we need in the Tennessee Senate.
I am urging everyone I know to strongly reject Gayle Jordan’s assault on faith and our Tennessee values. Vote for conservative businessman Shane Reeves on March 13.
Now, imagine the outrage if McNally had claimed that a Jewish candidate was dangerous because they were Jewish, or if he had claimed a Muslim of Buddhist candidate was dangerous because they were Muslim or Buddhist.
McNally is not alone in openly advocating for religious discrimination against Jordan because she is an atheist. Last month, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released the following statement denouncing Jordan because she is an atheist:
Gayle Jordan, darling of the Tennessee Democratic Party and their nominee for State Senate District 14, is what she herself calls a “firebrand atheist.” She isn’t simply non-religious, but actively works to lead people away from their faith. It’s her life’s work as the Executive Director of an organization called Recovering From Religion.
Saying Gayle Jordan’s radical atheist views don’t represent the values of Tennesseans across this state or in District 14 is a gross understatement. She flat out attacks and rejects the fundamental social, moral, and religious beliefs of millions of Tennesseans. This type of extremism is being celebrated by the Tennessee Democratic Party and it is very concerning. Today I am asking if Democratic candidates for Governor, Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh, support Gayle Jordan and a Democratic Party that proudly espouse extreme views; candidates that shamelessly make statements such as “doing my part to destroy the fabric of America.”
Tennesseans deserve to know if the potential Democratic nominee for Governor supports these radical views and will work to elect anti-Christian extremists to the state legislature. This is not about being a Republican or a Democrat, rather an acknowledgement that her public attacks on Christianity and outward anger towards those that believe in God are a far cry from the views of Tennessean families across this state and in District 14.
For the record, Jordan is not anti-Christian, she is not an extremist, and she is not expressing “outward anger towards those that believe in God.” Instead, she is merely a good person helping those who want to leave or have left their religious faith.
Yet the Tennessee Republican Party, and Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally, are spending a great deal of time and energy attacking Jordan, who is a Democrat running in a bright red district. Given the current political climate, this may not be so much about a particular atheist, as it is about a big blue wave that is currently surging across the nation.
Bottom line: The Tennessee Republican Party, and Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally, are urging voters to reject Jordan at the ballot box simply because she is an atheist.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)