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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.


Video: Gay marriage will lead to legalized incest

By Jason Hancock | 10.18.10 | 8:29 am

A web video produced by a member of a controversial Sioux City church is arguing that because the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year, the next logical step will be legalizing incest.

Tim Hicks, who created and posted the video on YouTube, is a member of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City. In fact, nearly half of the videos he’s posted on YouTube are of the church’s pastor, Cary Gordon. The church is facing a possible IRS investigation over its campaign to convince other pastors around the state to encourage their congregations to vote against retaining three state Supreme Court justices on the ballot this fall.

Hick’s video, which is entitled “Vote no on judicial retention,” is a parody of commercials for the online dating website eHarmony. The narrator of the video says the Iowa Supreme Court is the authority on marriage, all while a married couple discusses how they’ve known each other their entire lives. By the end, it is revealed that the married couple are brother and sister, and they thank the Supreme Court for allowing their marriage to happen.

In comments below the video, Hicks said he made it to reveal “the obvious next steps for liberal judges to take. What will they legalize next … polygamy, NAMBLA, a feller and his horse?”

In addition to being a member of the church, Hicks also plays saxophone for Cornerstone’s Praise Team.

Hicks’ slippery slope argument is not new. It has been voiced numerous times, with former U.S. Senator and likely presidential hopeful Rick Santorum being one of the most high-profile examples. Dan Savage, a gay-rights activist and newspaper editor, has pointed out the slippery slope argument with regards to same-sex marriage is not valid.

“Legalizing same-sex marriage no more requires us to legalize man-on-dog marriage or man-on-daughter marriage or man-on-ten-year-old marriage than legalizing pot requires us to legalize meth,” he wrote back in 2008, later adding: “And things can legalized them one at a time — legalizing marriages between loving, consenting adults of the same gender doesn’t require us to legalize marriages between men and dogs.”

Below is Hicks’ video:

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  • rextrek1

    Really Legalized Incest..? Seriously? Wow,these heterosexuals have some SEVERE fantasies, don't they? Talk about Red Herrings. why is it the heteros always talking about RAMMING things down throats….sex with kids & dogs, or other animals? Sounds like some Eff'd up thoughts these “so-called” religious freaks have…..Marriage has been legal in 6 places now for LGBT Americans – and No-one has married thier sibling eyt, or even petitioned to do so…… do the heteros come up with these WILD scenerios? Ohhh, in thier OWN minds.

  • kittybrat

    yeah, that's logical alrighty! These people really believe this is the next step? really?

  • Bob Equality Barnes

    Tim Hicks tells us that his Judea Christianity and life experiences are his proof that being gay is a choice. Is he the “William Tam” of Iowa?

  • Rob Clabough

    Yes because NAMBLA is the same thing. Along with beastiality. Because yes, children and animals can sign a legal document.

  • Anonymous

    Social conservatives should be ok with legal incest because afterall, it is in the bible: Eve (the original MILF), Noah’s immediate family (Kissing Cousins), and Lot and his daughters

  • Anonymous

    Since the only legitimate reason for a prohibition again consanguinous relationships is increased risk of deleterious genetic combinations, this concept really isn’t particularly threatening to me. As long as adults are consenting and they aren’t creating high risks for their offspring, either by being genetically disparate or by simply not having babies, I don’t really care if they shared a room or a womb.Only half the states prohibit marriage of cousins, and those half are not the ones you’d expect (although it does make sense if you consider the eras when these states were populating). Another 6 only allow marriage if offspring aren’t likely. That leaves 19 states, including most of the original ones, where the family reunion is a legitimate dating scene.

    Oh noes, the nation was destroyed by flipper babies! Oh, wait, no it wasn’t.

  • minki

    Incest was already before happening long before same sex marriage was even thought to have come up in conversations without someone going crazy and start speaking in tongues. Slippery slope talk is useless, just like using analogies that do not have something in common with same sex marriages being something of a danger to man kind of any sorts.

    One person on Christan Science Monitor , equated same sex adoptions as giving a criminal a gun to go out and commit crimes. I so could not understand how same sex adoptions and criminals being handed a gun are on a wave length as being the same; much less understand just handing someone a gun would cause them to commit a crime or turn someone into a criminal.

  • Corey

    The bible supports incest, rape, murder, war and so much more.

    • minki

      Only if cherry pickers could pick up on that, but of course that’s just the problem. They pick out the delicious parts to preach about and ignore important or key things or otherwise deliberately twist things around to suit their beliefs.

      It also supports slavery (to toss that to the and so much more.).

  • Anonymous

    These issues are christian pornography – they just can’t stop peeking into other people’s bedrooms.

    Churches, in my opinion, can establish the marriage policy within their church. Whatever they decide within their congregation is OK. Individuals who disagree with the policies can search for a church that suits them, or found their own church.

    Government, on the other hand, is chartered to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity to enable our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. (quotes from the Preamble to the Constitution and Declaration of Independence)

    Government, therefor, has no business regulating marriage – AT ALL. The courts are recognizing this fact, and that is why they are striking down these laws.

    Although the wheels of justice, equality, and individual freedom turn slowly, the time is coming when the unions of siblings and multiple partners will be legally recognized.

    The people who are scared of that future can take comfort in the fact that nobody will be forcing them to do it.

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