With the 14th State Senate District special election set for just six days from now on Tuesday March 13th, Tennessee Republicans are mounting an all-hands-on-deck attack on Democrat Gayle Jordan as she faces off against Republican Shane Reeves in the contest to determine who will replace former State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who resigned in November to take a position in the Trump administration.
Jordan, the Democratic candidate, is a self-described “hippie liberal atheist activist” who officiates same sex weddings and jokes about “doing her part to destroy the fabric of American society.”
Since 2016 Jordan has served as the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion, a Kansas City-based non-profit that works to lead Christians away from faith.
As of this writing, the Recovering from Religion Twitter account features Jordan on its cover image.
In their announcement of Jordan, they noted that she took particular pride in her fundraising prowess and that she was “instrumental in bringing in a $13 million soccer complex to her hometown in Tennessee:”
Recovering From Religion Names New Executive Director
Kansas City, KS—Recovering from Religion is delighted to announce that Gayle Jordan has been named as its Executive Director beginning January 2016. Jordan brings extensive organizational and fundraising experience to the position, along with her education and skills as a community organizer. She was instrumental in bringing a $13 million soccer complex to her town in Tennessee. She is a former church leader, serving as her church’s Dave Ramsey-certified financial advisor. She has been a small business owner and is an attorney and member of the California Bar.
Incoming Executive Director, Gayle Jordan stated, “As someone who has made the transition from faith, I am thrilled to see a resource like Recovering from Religion available to people who are reconsidering the role of religion in their lives. Leaving one’s faith can be traumatic and costly, and the foundation seeks to ease the stress of that transition.”
RfR President, Dr. Darrel Ray said, “Gayle brings a depth of experience and drive that will help us grow to meet the needs of the thousands of people looking for help. She is a proven leader with vision and boundless energy which will lead Recovering from Religion to new levels as we work to serve the needs of those leaving religion.”
Recovering from Religion, founded by Dr. Darrel Ray in 2009, is unwavering in its commitment to provide immediate, compassionate support for individuals anywhere along the spectrum of doubt. Recovering from Religion includes The Hotline Project, which gives 24-hour support, and the Secular Therapist Project, which provides sources for more in-depth counseling, and local support groups which provide community and a listening ear for the questions and frustrations that accompany what is often a seismic change in thought process, attitude, and outlook.
Recovering from Religion is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting people who experience emotional and practical issues as a result of leaving their faith.
Her biography touts:
Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one’s faith.
Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen.
“Happy. Healthy. Heathen.” is Jordan’s long-time blog that appears to have posts dating from as late as December 2008.
Tom Humphrey reported that State GOP Chairman Scott Golden “issued a press release calling on the two Democratic candidates for governor, Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh, to denounce Jordan as an example of ‘extremism in their party.'”
Republican Lt. Governor Randy McNally declared on Facebook, “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!”
When Jordan is not billing herself as an atheist activist, she appeals for voters to support her in order to “bring compassion and reason to the 14th District.”
Time to flip a rural Red to a beautiful Blue that will bring compassion and reason to the 14th District! @maddow @Lawrence The right is on the attack. This is a race worth noticing. #IssuesMatter #SpecialElectionMarch13 #FlipTNBlue #TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/szy2rMD9jF
— GayleJordanforSenate (@Jordan4SenateTN) March 6, 2018
Her campaign website proudly displays six endorsements from leftist organizations including the union giant AFL-CIO (via a donation), the Freethought Equality Fund PAC (promoting atheists in office), and Planned Parenthood.
Republican Shane Reeves announced a rally featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) and Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) will be held Saturday morning on March 10 followed by a get-out-the-vote Day of Action.