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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.

Radio host: AIDS discriminates against the ‘stupid behavior’ of homosexuality

By Jason Hancock | 08.20.10 | 8:33 am

Jan Mickelson

The gay rights movement has worked hard to convince society that AIDS does not discriminate, but that is a lie, conservative radio host Jan Mickelson said on his WHO-AM show Thursday.

Mickelson was responding to reports that a Republican candidate for the state legislature was rebuked by the state GOP chairman for statements on his Facebook page claiming AIDS was a punishment from God for homosexuality. Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn denounced the statements as “inappropriate” and said they “in no way represent the beliefs” of the party. Mickelson said Strawn is a victim of propaganda.

“For the chairman of the Republican Party to say, ‘AIDS doesn’t discriminate,’ well of course it does,” Mickelson said. “It discriminates against people who engage in stupid behavior.”

“Lung disease doesn’t discriminate, but it’s probably a good idea to stop smoking,” he said. “Cirrhosis of the liver doesn’t discriminate, but you should probably dry out and stop drinking like you’ve been doing. Heart disease and diabetes doesn’t discriminate, but you should probably take that weight off, lard butt. Of course lifestyle oriented diseases tend to reward those lifestyle afflictions disproportionately to the behavior of those doing them. This isn’t rocket science.”

Mickelson said it all comes down to God’s law, or natural law, which “also applies to sexual disorders.”

“So, does God punish homosexuality? Does he punish sodomy? Well, no, he doesn’t get off his throne and say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna get that guy.’ Well not directly,” he said. “Most of God’s laws, which another way of saying God’s law would be natural law, that is, law that is consistent with the nature of the universe because it was built in such a way, most of God’s laws are self enforcing. God doesn’t have to do anything. So if you skydive without a parachute, does God punish people who do that? No, but one of his inventions does. Gravity. If you skydive without a parachute, you’re going to die. Should you blame God for that?”

When a caller brought up that it’s promiscuity that increases the risk for AIDS, and therefore Mickelson should support legalized same-sex marriage because it would lower promiscuity in the gay community, the host scoffed, saying promiscuity “defines the lifestyle.”

“Homosexuality is intrinsically promiscuous, because it violates the design of our bodies,” he said. “There is no safe way to do that.”

The push for same-sex marriage has nothing to do with love or promoting monogamy, Mickelson said.

“The marriage license is not relevant to promiscuity amongst the gay population,” he said. “It is designed to do one thing, and that is to get access to the back pockets of the taxpayers. This is about the Benjamins. Not about the institution.”

A March report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found gay men have higher rates of HIV and syphilis than the general population. But researchers made it clear that a “range of complex factors” contribute to the figures, including “homophobia and stigma” that can prevent gay men from seeking prevention, testing and treatment services.

When contacted by The Iowa Independent, Mickelson’s WHO-AM colleague — Christian radio host Steve Deace — was also critical of the Iowa GOP’s decision to speak out and rebuke the anti-gay comments.

“It’s regrettable that for the past year those at RPI headquarters didn’t display similar outrage about the state supreme court’s immoral attempt to usurp the constitution and God’s natural law.  Several times last year following the court’s marriage opinion RPI commented on every other issue except marriage, which was front and center in the media daily. My audience and I noticed the glaring omission.  Just as we’ve also noticed that two of the top-ranked Republicans in Washington are headlining an event for a group of Republicans practicing homosexuality. The Republican Party in America is fortunate it’s running against the likes of Chet Culver and Nancy Pelosi this year, otherwise its base would likely teach them the same lesson they’ve taught them the past two election cycles.”

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  • rextrek1

    wow Iowa – you are Truly full of Nutz…..another Buy-bull beater Id love to Kick in the teeth.

    • Alan

      Violence doesn’t solve anything.

  • rextrek1

    ..and another thing – this asshole radio anouncer forgets that GAys/lesbians PAY TAXES like every other person….

  • Patrick

    SO I guess all those millions of non gay people who have HIV deserve what they got too, seeing that HIV/AIDS started in Africa by straight people in the early 70's. In fact the first case has even been reported even before the 70's. Read your history before you start spewing your “religious” fear and propaganda.

  • vickiingranger

    the truth hurts

    • Jakeh

      Is that why you run from it?

  • Talis

    Jan is just cranky after a hard day pretending to be heterosexual.

  • Buddy

    And what about homosexual women? They have the lowest rates of sexually transmitted HIV or syphilis. Oh forgot about them huh? idiots.

  • bill4321

    80% of HIV/AIDS cases worldwide are from HETEROSEXUALS.

    Stay classy, straight folks.

    Stay classy.

  • Anonymous

    Just another idiot in America. I should have left this country along time ago, and not believed that America really ever stood up for minorities. Equal rights for grown adults to choose who they love in America, bull shit. America is a backward country just like Iowa is a backward state with religious idiots running it. I will be glad to leave and watch America fall apart under its on hypocritical crap.

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