Texas City Council Candidate Accuses Opponent of Being an Atheist


Laura Pressley has brought religion into her race against Greg Casar for a seat on the Austin City Council in Texas.

According to the Austin Chronicle, Pressley has accused Casar of being unemployed, however, Casar left his job at a nonprofit for workers rights to run for office.

Pressley reportedly slammed Casar for not paying property taxes, except his property taxes are included in his rent.

Pressley wrote on her website:

Laura Pressley has a strong faith in God.  Greg Casar wrote a college paper in 2011, that discusses he is an atheist (p. 3 and p. 8).  Direct quotes from Casar are, "Embarrassed by my godlessness...," and "I don't believe that there is a heaven or hell beyond this earth...," and "...the God I no longer believed in."

Pressley grabbed the quotes from an essay that Casar wrote at the University of Virginia in 2011. The word "atheist" never actually appears in the paper.

“I think most folks are generally shocked to see any political attack over religious beliefs," Casar responded during their debate on Monday. "For what it's worth, I consider myself a pro-women's rights, pro-LGBT rights Catholic, but unlike my opponent I think it's inappropriate to suggest that my beliefs are a qualification for City Council. I expect District 4's voters to reject this desperate attack resoundingly.”

Pressley's campaign Facebook page claimed it was neutral in reporting the facts:

We take no stance. We simply report comparisons for a multitude of categories that voters in District 4 have told us they care about.

Pressley, who has a Ph. D. in chemistry, believes in an unproven conspiracy theory that some kind of explosive melted the steel of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attack.

Pressley told Poiltifact.com in November, "My sandbox is chemistry--analyzing the paper--and this (paper) strongly suggests there was explosive material in the debris. I don't know what happened, I don't know how the explosive material got there, I just know it's there."

She has also appeared on Internet broadcasts of InfoWars.com, a conspiracy website, to discuss the supposed dangers of fluoride in drinking water (video below) and SmartMeters that measure energy use (video below).

Sources: PressleyForAustin.com, Austin Chronicle, Politifact.com, Facebook


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