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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.

Conservative leader says he’s ‘pro-gay’ but ‘anti-homosexuality’

By Jason Hancock | 09.15.10 | 8:55 am

Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for government and public policy for the American Family Association, says it’s not that he’s anti-gay or anti-Muslim, he simply anti-homosexuality and anti-Islam.

Fischer, who’s group is funding the effort to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices up for retention vote this fall, was responding to a statement issued by People for the American Way condemning politicians who agreed to share the stage with Fischer at at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this weekend. The group points to Fischer’s long history of statements condemning homosexuals and Muslims, saying “By sharing a stage with Fischer, public figures like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Bob McDonnell and Michele Bachmann don’t necessarily endorse Fischer’s shameless anti-Muslim and anti-gay propaganda — but they do acknowledge its credibility.”

Fischer explained his positions on his radio program Tuesday.

I am pro-gay; I am anti-homosexuality. I am pro-Muslim; I am anti-Islam.

I am for homosexuals because I want them to be delivered from the bondage and the death sentence of homosexual conduct. So I am against homosexual behavior, I am against homosexual expression, I am against homosexual conduct because I want to see the people that are trapped in that lifestyle, I want to see them set free.

And the same is true when it comes to Islam: I am for Muslims; I am against-Islam. And, as I mentioned before, the primary victims of Islam are Muslims. I mean, it’s got to break your heart when you visualize the life that these people lead in Muslim-dominated countries.

In the past, Fischer has said gays should be banned from serving in public office and that gays are no different from murderers, liars, thieves and slave traders. Most recently, he’s said Muslims could be guilty of treason, should be treated the same way neo-Nazis are treated in Germany and may be inferior due to years of inbreeding.

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  • rextrek1

    Bryan Fischer is in Desperate need of Mental Help..his OBSESSION with ALL things Gay is really sick.

  • bill4321

    “I am against homosexual conduct because I want to see the people that are trapped in that lifestyle, I want to see them set free.”

    Set free from what, exactly? Love? I would not trade places with any heterosexual walking planet earth. Why would a gay person want to be straight? So that they could join the brutalization bandwagon of heterosexuals abusing and dehumanizing their very own gay children???

    No thanks.

    I'll take the abuse from heterosexuals for A MILLION years before I'd participate in the celebratory abuse that heterosexuals participate in toward their very own gay children.

    It's YOU who aren't equal to US, folks. No matter how many laws you pass to the contrary, that fact will remain.

  • Greg Hollingsworth

    I'm honestly not even sure what that's supposed to mean.

    How can you be for something, but against the practice, expression and conduct of it?

  • weshlovrcm

    There is nothing in Scripture which condones shrill anti-gay activist Fischer's virulent, neurotically homophobic remarks over the past years. This sort of vicious homophobia has nothing to do with Christianity or Christ. Even if being gay were a sin (and it's not), the hateful manner in which unrepentant homophobe Fischer verbally bashes law-abiding, taxpaying, gay Americans is so far over the top, our Lord must weep when He hears it coming from Fischer's mouth. (It's what comes out of his mouth that defiles him.)

    Pro-equality Christians such as myself only want to warn Mr. Fischer to be more concerned about the danger to his eternal soul than he is about making his homophobia into an idol.

  • Matt Winkel

    Nice comments, people! I'm not worthy! :D

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