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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

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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.

American Family Association leader says inbreeding is the problem with Islam

By Jason Hancock | 09.10.10 | 1:27 pm

First, he said Muslims in America may be guilty of treason since their religion is “determined to wipe out the Constitution.” Then, he proposed Muslims should be treated by the U.S. government in the same fashion as neo-Nazis or the Klu Klux Klan.

Now Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), contends that inbreeding may have done “irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health.”

Fischer bases his statements on claims made by on Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennels, who concludes that “close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred.”

From Fischer’s blog:

Only nine Muslims have every won the Nobel Prize, and five of those were for the “Peace Prize.” According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10 percent of the world average when it comes to scientific research (measured by articles per million inhabitants).

In Denmark, Sennels’ native country, Muslim children are grossly overrepresented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education, and anywhere from 51% to 70% of retarded children with physical handicaps in Copenhagen have an immigrant background.

Learning ability is severely affected as well. Studies indicated that 64% of school children with Arabic parents are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant drop-out rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.

Mental illness is also a product. The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness. The increased risk of insanity may explain why more than 40% of the patients in Denmark’s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant background.

The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.”

Bottom line: Islam is not simply a benign and morally equivalent alternative to the Judeo-Christian tradition. As Sennels points out, the first and biggest victims of Islam are Muslims. Simple Christian compassion for Muslims and a common-sense desire to protect Western civilization from the ravages of Islam dictate a vigorous opposition to the spread of this dark and dangerous religion. These stark realities must be taken into account when we establish public polices dealing with immigration from Muslim countries and the building of mosques in the U.S.

Let’s hope America wakes up before a blind naivete about the reality of Islam destroys what remains of our Christian culture and our domestic tranquility.

Fischer’s organization is providing huge financial support to social conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats’ campaign to convince Iowans to vote against retaining the three state Supreme Court justices on the ballot this fall due to their vote in the case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

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  • ConstitutionFan

    I find AFA following this tack a bit ironic, in light of one old word for a certain type of profound mental retardation being “crétin” (which means “Christian” in French).

    Let's just say that whenever he opens his mouth, Bryan Fischer always sounds like a real “Christian” to me.

    • LiveFreeOrDie

      Doesn't take much for “ConstitutionFan” to strut his/her/its anti-Christian bigotry. The good news is that you are forgiven through Christ's grace.

      • Wade

        Only if he earnestly asks for it and repents.

    • Wade


      1779, from Fr. Alpine dialect crestin , “a dwarfed and deformed idiot” of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from V.L. *christianus “a Christian,” a generic term for “anyone,” but often with a sense of “poor fellow.” Related: Cretinism (1801).
      Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  • ConstitutionFan

    Doesn't take much for LiveFreeOrDie to strut his limited reading skills. Did you miss the quotation marks around my use of the word “Christian”, referencing back to the word “cretin”? (And yes, that is the real etymology of the word “cretin”. I assume it was meant a euphemistic kindness when the term was first coined in that sense.)

    I'm not bigoted against Christians. I'm bigoted against “Christians”, by which I mean people like Bryan Fischer who take the ugliest hatred and ignorance festering in their own sorry innards and pretend they find a genuine excuse for that hatred and ignorance in Christianity.

    If Fischer was spending his time just telling folks about being forgiven through Christ's grace, I'd have had no quarrel with him. Instead, he's spreading bullsh*t nonsense about Muslims being congenital mental defectives and thinking Jesus is making him do that when it's really driven only by the worst aspects of himself. What Fischer and his AFA spread isn't Christianity— it's just garden-variety bigotry wearing a paper-thin “Christian” fig-leaf.

    • Wade

      You are wrong about ‘cretin’ and you are wrong about bigotry. Sorry if the truth hurts so much it looks like bigotry. I think you are a closet liberal lefty.

      Having said that I can only fault Fischer for not providing links to authoritative Muslim sources like the Koran to prove that they inbreed too much. In this day and age of the Internet a link is just to easy to pass up to lend weight.

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