Strike 1 for the GOP

Folks, meet Susanne Atanus (not butt jokes, please).


Atanus was just chosen as a the Republican party’s Chicago-area 9th Congressional District nominee.

Want to know something fascinating about Susanne Atanus?  Susanne believes that “God is angry.  We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil union.  Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS.  If it’s in our military, it will weaken our military.  We need to respect God.”  Also, Atanus blames natural disasters and mental disorders on recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions.

Fascinating, right?

I can’t tell which “God” the GOP candidate is referring to (the safe bet is pseudo-Christian), but I’m positive that Atanus is entirely uneducated about the “increase” in AIDS.  Here’s why:

  • According to the UNAIDS report from 2013 (UNAIDS Global Report 2013 also, Global Health Fact Sheet): “Women represent about half (51-52%) of all people living with HIV worldwide. HIV is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age.”  In case you have a hard time doing the math: if women represent half the HIV positive population then that means we’re participating equally in the sex that transmits it.  Since transmitting HIV through lesbian sex is damn near impossible (seriously, almost zero cases world-wide – Women’s Health on Female-Female HIV Transmitting), we must assume that these women were infected through heterosexual activity…or drug use.  And, just so we’re clear, as of today only 10% of HIV infections are due to drug use (United Nation on Drugs and HIV) and men are far more likely to develop substance abuse problems than women, regardless (NIH: Gender & The Prevalence Of Substance Use).  I have just proven same-sex marriage to be an impossibility in terms of increasing AIDS.


  • Furthermore, “Both the CDC and the Mayo Clinic list unprotected sex, or the failure to use a condom, as a main cause of HIV transmission and AIDS.” (According to LIVESTRONG: Main Causes of AIDS)  Unsafe sex is the leading cause, Atanus.  Not homos.  Homos have contributed by not participating in safe sex in the same way that heteros have.


  • As for the military…I don’t know why Atanus even bothered to address it.  The Department of Defense was challenged in 2010 to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and were called to bar entry to the military to any persons testing positive for HIV.  Any members testing positive on the biennial report may be discharged if found unfit for duty.  If the serviceman/woman is found fit for duty then he or she may remain in the service so long as they “conduct themselves in such a way as to not infect other individuals.” (DOD AIDS/HIV Strategy)  So…that was a pointless point to make, Susanne.


  • And, finally, on the topic of natural disasters and mental illnesses being caused by the recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions: I feel like this one is a bit of a no-brainer and doesn’t deserve a response.  But, unfortunately, Susanne Atanus actually believes what she’s said and therefore needs a proper education.  If the LGBT and abortion movements caused natural disasters and mental illnesses then that would mean we only started experiencing natural disasters and mental illnesses when the movements began: this is very simple concept called Cause and Effect.

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Based on basic knowledge of history and time and logic we know that: the abortion movement  started, roughly, in the 60’s (Roe v. Wade happened in 1973 – NPR: Roe v. Wade Turns 40) and the LGBT movement started, roughly, in 1924 (American Gay Rights Movement, A Timeline and When did the gay rights movement begin?).  So, in order for Atanus’ cause and effect to make even an iota of comprehensible sense we would have to see natural disasters and mental illnesses beginning in 1924.


…well, you don’t need to read a history book to know that Susanne is wrong on this one.  But, if you’d like to review natural disasters pre-1924, here are some sites to visit.  Or, if you’d like to view the history of mental illnesses, here are some more sites to visit.

  1. ListVerse: Natural Disasters of Ancient Times
  2. Wikipedia: Natural Disasters by Death Toll
  3. 25 Worst Natural Disasters Recorded – some of these are very recent and might otherwise lend to Susanne Atanus’ theory that natural disasters have been caused by gays/lesbians and abortions but if you scroll down the list you see natural disasters occurring well before the LGBT or abortion movements in the US.
  4. Live Science 10 Worst Natural Disasters – Pre- and post-1924
  5. PBS: Timeline of Treatments for Mental Illness
  6. A Brief History of Mental Illness
  7. Mental Illness Timeline – My favorite

For those of you who won’t be reading any of those sites here are the facts: natural disasters date back to the conception of the Earth.  There may not be a consensus on the actual life of the planet, currently (I’m looking at you, Young Creationists), but we know she’s older than 90 years.  We also know that, as far as American mental illnesses are concerned, they date back to at least 1840.  Atanus believes that the last several thousand years of natural disasters and mental illnesses were caused by two movements that haven’t even celebrated 100 years in existence.  Faulty logic from a fascinating Republican nominee.


I am a biased writer, like all writers.  I love words.  I love the meanings of words.  I love the subtle differences between two words that make all the difference in the world when you’re actually using them.  Interchanging “good” with “nice” dramatically changes the meaning of what you’re expressing.  It doesn’t seem like much, because in English those two words are called ‘synonyms’ and are, therefore, viewed as equivalent.  They are not equal, though.  No two words are equal.  They may be similar, but they are not the same.  Which is why I am so frustrated with Susanne Atanus.  Bad semantics is an unforgivable sin on my blog.  So, when I read a comment that Atanus gave to the Windy City Times (an LGBT publication in Chicago, Windy City Times GOP Congressional Candidate Interview) I became outrageously frustrated at the injustice I felt she had served me, personally.  Atanus was reported as saying, “Everybody knows that God controls weather.”  What bothers me, semantically speaking, about this sentence, is that Atanus won’t clarify just who this “God” is.  I cannot, in good conscience, tear Atanus a new anus without knowing, specifically, which god she professes to serve.  Which is a pity, because studying theology has made me far too literate in the powers each god claims to possess and far too vicious in mortalizing each god when offered an opportunity.  You guys would have loved it.


Ironically, the Windy City Times only received that quote from Atanus because the Republican nominee reached out to the publication herself, in an attempt to clarify her intent.  And, even deeper in the pool of irony and ignorance Atanus is currently swimming in, the candidate wants LGBT votes.  “She said she contacted Chicago’s LGBT newspaper because she wants the community to receive her message.  “You can tell the community that I called to reach out to them, that I need them, and they need me,” Atanus said.”  In the due diligence of a good paradox, Atanus supports medical partner benefits for same-sex couples.  Go figure.

The Huffington Post reported that several Chicago GOP leaders have been vocally and financially distancing themselves from Susanne Atanus, including the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, Adam Robinson.

Robinson said Atanus is "is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time."
Robinson said Atanus “is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time.”

My name is Chelsey Mick, and this is how we won’t be voting for Susanne Atanus.

Source: Huffington Post


‘Strike 2 for the GOP’ is coming soon.