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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Christian group repeats ‘gay marriage is more dangerous than smoking’ claim

By Jason Hancock | 03.31.10 | 10:00 am

Earlier this month, The Iowa Family Policy Center made headlines when it publicly claimed that homosexual activity was “more dangerous for individuals who engage in it than is smoking,” and because of this, state lawmakers need to pass a constitutional amendment overturning last year’s Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

The influential Christian group doubled down on its statement last week by repeating the claim in a blog post entitled, “What’s Worse — Smoking or Sodomy?” Accompanying the post is a photo of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., smoking a cigarette. Frank is openly gay.


The group’s president, Chuck Hurley, released a statement March 12 in response to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that said gay men have higher rates of HIV and syphilis than the general population. Hurley looked at the numbers and concluded that if the state allows gay men to get married they are “sanctioning self destructive behavior.”

Critics were quick to point out that marriage and promiscuous sex are two very different things. And despite the fact that the CDC made it clear in its report that “factors such as homophobia and stigma” can prevent gay men from seeking prevention, testing and treatment services, Hurley maintained that legalized same-sex marriage would “lead to dramatically higher rates of HIV and syphilis in Iowa.”

In the latest blog post, IFPC addresses the criticism as “pro-homosexual groups like One Iowa [deciding] to attack the messenger rather than to address the content of the message.”

So, the question remains – Why has Iowa has outlawed smoking in public, and now texting while driving, in an effort to improve public health and safety while continuing to sanction self destructive sexual behavior? What’s worse, smoking or sodomy? According to the numbers, it’s not even close.

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in Iowa. Hurley is encouraging Christians to “attend pro-family events scheduled for every city in Iowa” in order to convince lawmakers to “punish wicked behavior.

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  • RegularJoe

    The Iowa Family Policy Center is more dangerous than a team of Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Ruhollah Khomeini, Idi Amin Dada, Leopold II of Belgium, Vlad Ţepeş, Ivan IV of Russia, Dick Cheney, Josef Stalin & Osama Bin Ladin armed with nukes, mustard agent, and mutant killer robots.

    • shadow_man

      But they're not even close to as dangerous as sarah palin.

  • MickeyC

    The Iowa Family Policy Center doesn't have one member who is a real Christian. Why do they pretend that their agenda of hate and anti-Christian sentiments are in any way Christian?

  • mdla

    Seriously? These “fanatical” religious groups are STILL playing the AIDS card, as a reason to take people's rights away?

    Did anyone even bother to check facts before posting this story?


    1. The latest survey done by the CDC actually shows Females (ages 12-24) have the HIGHEST rate of HIV/AIDS and STDs.

    2. In the survey before that, Straight African-American Males (ages 18-31) had the highest rate.

    This “Christian Group” must get their facts by a CDC study from 1982.
    Instead of spreading hysterical propaganda… you can actually lower infection rates by reporting FACTS.

    Same-Sex Marriage will not increase infection. Improper education of the public will. But I guess that doesn't fit into this particular group's plan to “scare the public” into rushing to the voting booth.

    Wow! What slanted, idiotic reporting… and they say the homosexuals that have an “agenda.” Who's keeping tabs on these freaks?

  • Patricia Hughes

    Well my father died of lung cancer after quiting and was smoke free for 7 years! My son is still in a 10 year relationship and will be getting here in Iowa, one of the few states with a brain. Now let's look and the married men who can't keep it in their pants, Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullocks' husband, men running to be our president, senators, congressmen and more – hmmmmm let's look at this picture!

    • RegularJoe

      I'm with ya…except for the man-bashing part.
      While Tiger screwed around on his wife, it was somewhere in the range of a dozen women who had no problem screwing around with a married man….. same with Jesse James, politicians, fundi-nutters, etc. Women have their share of infidelity issues, too.
      Let's do look at this picture….albeit without the gender bias and misandry you're pushing, Patricia.

  • soundboyjeff

    what's worse, sodomy or usurping the power of God for your own hateful purpose?

  • chuckanziulewiccz

    The only thing I gather from this article is the Iowa Family Policy Center is less of a political action group, and more of Christian ministry … although in today's America the distinction is increasingly fuzzy.

    I would just like to reassure IFPC Action President Chuck Hurley that marriage equality for Gay couples in Iowa has not nor will not have ANY effect on his family, his church, or his ability to preach Scripture. If it's his opinion that Gay folks are committing an abominable sin and will face fiery judgment from their maker, well then that's his right. But co-opting the law to force people to do his bidding is the real abomination.

  • shadow_man

    To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.………

    Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrites. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

    This is very similar to the religious bigots of the past, where they took Bible passages to condone slavery, keep women down, and used Bible passages to claim blacks as curses who should be enslaved by the white man. People used God to claim that blacks marrying whites was unnatural, and not of God's will.

  • shadow_man

    For those of you claiming homosexuality is a “lifestyle”, that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.……
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ,2933,155990,00.html………

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    And it should also be noted that:
    “It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association.”

    • Jessica Richards

      Dude, bisexuals don't choose either. We're just as genetic as any homosexual or transgendered person. :( It's just the same as a heterosexual person not being able to choose who they fall in love with. We don't choose which sex to fall in love with, but we go either way. I suppose you may not have meant to offend, but please be careful with your wording next time. Bisexuals don't choose.

      • shadow_man

        Sorry if it came off the wrong way Jessica :) What i meant was that you could fall in love and are sexually attracted to both men and women, whereas straights and gays can't.

  • shadow_man

    The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

    From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

    America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.

  • shadow_man

    The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:

    “There is no scientific basis for distinguishing between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with respect to the legal rights, obligations, benefits, and burdens conferred by civil marriage.”…

    Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships.…

    The research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality.… df

    The longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality per se is a normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation.… rientation.aspx

  • Aidan Cecchetti

    This is so funny. I would like to see the numbers though. How many people die from sodomy every year/it's effects? Well, even if EVERYONE that died from AIDS every year got it from sodomy, that would be around 15,000. More people die from the seasonal flu each year. How many people die from lung cancer/the effects of smoking each year? uhhh try around 400,000.

  • celia_t

    Ooh. Well, I am married to a man. Sodomy goes on in my household. I guess the state should outlaw heterosexual marriages too.

    Because straight people can't get AIDS?


  • PrinzAnthony

    The only thing more destructive that smoking is RELIGIOUS FANATICISM!!!! If you want to live in a theocracy, then MOVE TO IRAN!!!!!!

  • Jeffery Johnson

    People can play the God and morality cards all they want, what they are trying to do is take away human rights, and enforce their twisted religious beliefs on others. It's disgusting. No wonder I quit going to church!

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  • David in Houston

    Promoting monogamous relationships through marriage would obviously DECREASE the spread of transmittable diseases. How these people are too stupid to understand this simple concept shows how contemptible their position is… using their CHOSEN religious beliefs to discriminate against other law-abiding tax-paying citizens.

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