This GOP Primary Winner Believes Marriage Equality Causes Tornadoes

Susanne Atanus, Who Said 'Gay Rights Cause Tornadoes,' Wins IL Primary

Susanne Atanus, who got famous after she said that LGBT rights and abortion cause autism, dementia and natural disasters, has won IL’s 9th District primary. Image Credit: The Raw Story

Susanne Atanus won her primary election for Illinois’ 9th district, with 54% of the vote. This is the woman who blames tornadoes, autism, and other problems on LGBT rights and abortion. The chairman of the Illinois GOP tried to distance the party from her after she drew a backlash for that earlier this year.

Back in January, she made headlines for saying:

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first. God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions. Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

Of course, that’s ridiculous, and offensive. Conservative Christians might think this way, but there are moderate and liberal Christians who do not. That is an argument to be had in the Christian community. It doesn’t belong in the political arena, if for no other reason than U.S. policy should not be dictated by a religion.

In a survey about various policy positions that was published on ABC 7 Chicago’s website, she said that there’s no scientific consensus on climate change, but that we do need to reduce chemicals in the air. That’s a truly interesting reply to that particular question, because she thinks that God controls the climate and the weather.

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Illinois’ and Chicago’s GOP pulled away from Susanne Atanus.

The Illinois GOP condemned her remarks about autism, dementia and LGBT rights, and asked her to withdraw from the race. The party’s chairman, Jack Dorgan, told the Daily Herald:

“The offensive statements by Susanne Atanus have no place in the modern political debate, and she has no place on the ballot as a Republican. Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately.”

The chair of the city of Chicago’s GOP said something similar, and also said that Susanne Atanus wasn’t affiliated with their political efforts at all. However, according to the Daily Herald article, she responded to all of that with, “I’m not withdrawing from the race. I don’t know why they are not standing behind me. They should talk to me personally. I will not back out of the race.”

That appears to have paid off, considering she won the primary.

Susanne Atanus’ right-wing Christian background influences her thinking on policy.

She also “knows” that abortion, LGBT rights and civil unions “are making God very angry.” Susanne Atanus is a Christian, first and foremost. When it comes to Christians on the religious right getting elected to office, that’s a growing problem for the country.

Susanne Atanus has run for Congress twice before. Democrat Jan Schakowsky has represented the 9th district since 1999. It’s not too likely that the 9th district will suddenly vote for someone with such far-right, offensive opinions. Especially without the backing of her own party.