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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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121.

In Depth News    

FBO Investigates why there was a bug (illegal recording device) at Mitch's meeting ....

They (mother jones,maybe) apparently bugged Mitch McConnell's office and now the FBI is investigating this .

Why are TMZ playing tapes that might of been made illegally ?

The far left (democrats) can not win on their oppressive ideals of control over individuals (new health/finance authoriatarian bil) and now they have to illegally tape republican Mitch at his meetings .

569 days ago
122.

oBAMa    

So his office was illegally bugged an he is the bad guy? There wasn't anything said on the tape that wasn't true. I hope the people responsible for illegally bugging the office are arrested and prosecuted.

568 days ago
123.

KillerKopy    

Good thing everything I say at work isn't bugged! I'd definitely be looking for a new job. When did digging up dirt on political opponent's become wrong. I thought this was politics.

568 days ago
124.

PTD    

What a partisan headline!

Judd's odd beliefs and history of mental health problems are legit areas of inquiry for KY citizens who may have been considering voting for her for Senate.

Ashley Judd has no call to be angry at the secretly recorded comments released by Mother Jones magazine.

She ought to be condemning Mother Jones.

See "Snake Eat Tail" at www/pookiethedestroyer.com

brother donkey, sister bird!

568 days ago
125.

hellooo!!    

She should stick to acting. Love her movies!

568 days ago
126.

anonymous    

She simply confused a saying by St. Francis about "Brother Sun and Sister Moon" with stories about him helping animals. During the Middle Ages there wasn't much care for animals and he was famous for taking care of injured ones, like donkeys and birds. He was actually a very gentle soul in his day.

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