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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.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his wife Jennifer Mueller in the Oval Office (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his wife Jennifer Mueller in the Oval Office (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

AFA’s Fischer says America has ‘feminized’ the Medal of Honor

By Jason Hancock | 11.17.10 | 8:52 am

Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta certainly earned the Medal of Honor bestowed upon him Tuesday, said the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. But continuing to award the medal to people who save American lives instead of to those who kill the enemy has “feminized” the medal, Fischer contends.

Giunta, 25, of Hiawatha, rushed into enemy fire to aid fellow soldiers during a harrowing battle in Afghanistan in 2007. When his platoon was ambushed, Giunta pulled a wounded soldier to safety, and in the process was struck by two bullets himself. He recovered to help mount a counterattack, eventually reaching another injured soldier. Giunta continued pressing ahead in search of Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan, the third wounded soldier and one of Giunta’s best friends. When he found two insurgents attempting to carry away Brennan, he opened fire, killing one and wounding the other.

Brennan eventually died despite Giunta’s efforts.

For his courageous actions, President Barack Obama awarded him the medal, the first to a living soldier since the Vietnam War.

“When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements,” Fischer wrote on his blog Tuesday. “That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.”

Fischer’s organization helped bankroll the campaign that ultimately led to three Iowa Supreme Court justices being removed from the bench over their unanimous decision in 2009 that legalized same-sex marriage. Fischer’s group, which is based in Mississippi, spent nearly $100,000 in Iowa on the effort.  Fischer’s past statements, as well as several positions his group has taken over the years, led a group of Iowa religious leaders to denounce AFA as an “extremist hate group.”

Fischer summed up his argument about the Medal of Honor by concluding that while we rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades, “it’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.”

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  • egc52556

    American Family Association and Bryan Fischer have infected Iowa with their hate. “American Family” indeed. Feh.

  • Anonymous

    I took a look at Bryan Fischer’s website to see exactly which branch of the military he signed up for. I mean, surely, anyone who considers himself morally qualified to make such life-or-death judgments about the valor of our military servicemen AND women must have served. Surely. Almost certainly. But – whoa! Imagine my surprise when no military service showed up in Mr. Fischer’s bio. Well, I was shocked. Shocked, to find he allows himself to preach to others how to be heroes when he has neglected to spend ANY time in uniform, let alone on the battlefield. If we relied on Mr. Fischer and those of his ilk, I shudder to think who would be defending TRUE American values of sacrifice, duty and honor in our armed forces. The man has no shame.

  • Anonymous

    Me thinks Bryan Fischer suffers from a severe case of coproencephaly. He’s also not fit to wipe the dust from the boots of America’s Heroes. American Family Association, indeed! He certainly doesn’t represent any *real* American families.

  • Anonymous

    I am flabbergasted. This is possibly one of the top 5 dumbest things I have ever seen. How anyone can take this man and this organization seriously is beyond me. I suppose we should be happy that such comments are publicized, as it shows how hypocritical this organization can be. Apparently Mr. Fischer skipped over John 15:13.

  • MetalNick

    Yes, let’s award the Medal of Honor exclusively to people who kill rather than save. What a moron.

  • Maureen Hennessey

    The Corps of Engineers Sappers have frighteningly high casualties from chasing down IED’s and booby traps to save other soldiers; every time there is a troop movement the Engineers have to lead, ‘riding point,” to do route clearance

    Want to tell the Sappers that their heroism is ‘feminised,’ Bryan? Want to see just how long you last in a bar in Schweinfurth when the men of the famed 9th Engineers are finished “correcting your misinformation?”

    Want to explain that to the Sappers from Charlie Rock of the 37th Airborne Engineers at Ft Bragg, Bryan, the men who withstood the Taliban offensive in Afghanistan in 2007 in Partika? The Sappers who cleared the routes to reconnect the eastern regions, saving soldiers lives, carrying out their missions under fire?

    Would you like to expain that to the Special Services Sappers of the 173rd Airborne, Bryan, just back from a horrendous tour in Afghanistan? Friends blown up before their eyes over and over again in faulty International trucks as they went out to defuse booby traps, find mines, and save soldier’s lives?


    They died bravely Bryan, dealing with an invisible enemy. Men, and Women too Bryan, because the esprit feminine is an indominatable thing. But I know that you didnt mean it as a compliment. You meant to say emasculated, something like the gutless hate driven spoutings and demands for rivers of blood that come from the pulpits peopled by cowards,…..ummm…people like you, Bryan.

    To the Sappers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers: Brave men and women, every day that you do your work, you deliver another mother, father, husband or wife from that secret nightmare that lurks in our subconscious, the fear of having to meet a loved one’s remains at Dover AFB. We treasure you all, we keep you in our prayers, we honour your bravery, the true Christ-like bravery of risking and all too ofter laying down your lives for your felllow human beings. Blessings to you all, and may you be kept safe. We will deal with the loathsome Bryan Fischer on all your behalf.

    Maura Hennessey

    • Maureen Hennessey

      BTW-I am a military mom.

  • ExquisiteTruth

    So, killing is a family value, while women are not? Is it OK for us to just start ignoring these ignorant anachronisms yet? Seriously, what separates this hate filled jackass from the Phelps?

  • Anonymous

    you are such a douche!

  • Kev

    Sad to say, but the next time this formerly great country gets into a real ground war against a real ground force, it’s not going to be pretty for U.S.. But, until then, continue to live in your la-de-da fiat money can buy everything world. La-de-da….

  • Anonymous

    And we keep voting morons with similar views into office! I’m 70 years old, a veteran of two military services — Marine Corps and Navy. Methinks Mr. “I-Did-Not-Serve” Fischer is unqualified in the matter of heroism under fire. My guess is that he’s similarly inexperienced in the line of being a woman and being born gay. He should close his mouth and keep it closed.

  • Reese Millican

     I like how he used the words “those who kill bad guys.” Is he seven years old? No one who has served in a real military would ever seriously refer to the enemy as “bad guys.”

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