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Ashley Judd

Religious Beliefs Mocked

By KY Senator's Staff

4/9/2013 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ashley Judd's view of God is a joke ... laughable ... this according to Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff which was caught on tape mocking Judd's views on God during a February strategy session.
 
The discussion took place during a "Know Your Enemy" meeting ... in which Team McConnell discusses the ammo they'd have against Judd in case she runs for McConnell's seat. McConnell's voice can be heard during parts of the recording.

At one point, someone plays a recording of Judd describing her religious beliefs:

"I still choose the God of my understanding as the God of my childhood. I have to expand my God concept from time to time, and you know particularly I enjoy native faith practices, and have a very nature-based God concept. I'd like to think I'm like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird."

One of McConnell's staffers can be heard laughing ... saying, "Brother Donkey, Sister Bird!"

Another staffer laughs and says, "The people at Southeast Christian [Church] would take to the streets with pitchforks."

During the session, the McConnell team also discusses Judd's mental health history.

One staffer tells Mitch -- "She's clearly ... this sounds extreme ... but she is emotionally unbalanced."

"I mean -- it's been documented,” the aide says. The campaign “can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the 90s."

Judd is also described as "anti-sort-of-traditional American family."

It's clear from the audio tape, McConnell's team doesn't feel threatened at all by Judd -- in fact, it sounds like they viewed her potential political run as a joke.

The audio was posted by lefty mag Mother Jones ... which also released the infamous “47%” video that torpedoed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

But the GOP strategy plot was all for naught -- Judd recently announced she would NOT be running for office after all.

As for Team McConnell -- his campaign team isn’t happy the audio leaked out -- and is asking the feds to investigate. Said campaign manager Jesse Benton: "Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond.”

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16.

Cecilia     

I don't care a out her religious beliefs but I agree with the idea that she has some mental issues that need to be looked at.

501 days ago
17.

latestdiets.net    

McConnell's office today released an apology, "We would like to apologize to Brother Donkey and Sister Bird. We know they are great assets to the state of Kentucky and in no way did we mean to offend them or their families."

501 days ago
18.

Truth    

LMFAO TMZ is "reporting" what was on an illegally recorded private meeting like it is news. Sooo liberal.

501 days ago
19.

bfs    

she's as nutty as he is...

501 days ago
20.

bernergirl    

His face looks like the part in Indiana Jones where there faces begin to melt off

501 days ago
21.

Tryst    

........and this is why I detest organized religion these days. Spirituality/faith is an individual concept. What brings you peace and makes you a better person in your day to day life, fabulous. When it becomes about who wore what to church more than twice a season; gossip, innuendo, mockery and cattiness? You've missed the point badly. Shame on 'em. Go back to your religious recruiting. The pastor needs the extra tithes to pay for the missions to get more recruits.. to get more tithes.. to pay for the lincoln.. to pay for the 3 story cross.. to bring in more souls.. to pay for the trips to tahiti.. to recruit those poor savages.. to pay for the jacuzzi.. blah blah.

501 days ago
22.

Truth    

"his campaign team isn’t happy the audio leaked out"

Leaked? That's a charitable way to put it. Let's see Harvey find a bug in his office there at TMZ and see how he handles it.

501 days ago
23.

dgb    

TMZ it seems from the recording that the Senator is present at the beginning but then leaves to let his campaign staff do their work. Other news outlets have pointed this out. Why are you trying to make it appear otherwise?

501 days ago
24.

Cran    

Mitch you can mock your opponents all you want, your party or hers, you will not be reelected. Boom.

501 days ago
25.

Pet peeves    

So tell us TMZ just how was info gathered??

Oh that's right the only time you guys give a **** about the law is when it gets you viewers!!

501 days ago
26.

Cran    

And by boom I mean wonderful celebratory fireworks.

501 days ago
27.

tremers    

and he is still a Senator why? what an ass

501 days ago
28.

lazypadawan    

Ashley Judd is a nut and in spite of you guys trying to turn this into some sort of scandal, the real story is the meeting was likely bugged which is a federal crime. Missing the point...

501 days ago
29.

doodoolemonque    

The Christian Taliban has no place in American society. These people who think we are "changing the definition of marriage" by wanting gays to be able to marry, are simply ignorant. It was the church which changed the definition. Originally, marriage was.simply the process in which a woman went from being her father's property to being he husband's property. So, when somebody like Mitch McConnell says we shouldn't change the definition the marriage, you know its because he believes that women are merely the property of men.

501 days ago
30.

fresera    

Well, ain't that the extreme pot calling the unbalanced kettle black! Her mental state shouldn't be called into question by a politician or his team. While I would agree that she has no business in the senate, neither do a lot of actual senators and yet there they are.

501 days ago
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