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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

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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

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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.

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Group calls on Barbour, Gingrich and Huckabee to correct Bryan Fischer

By Tyler Kingkade | 03.25.11 | 12:37 pm

People For the American Way is calling on three potential Republican presidential candidates to tell Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association that the First Amendment applies to all Americans and doesn’t exclude Muslims.

Fischer wrote Thursday the First Amendment was only meant to protect Christians. On Friday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were scheduled to appear on Fischer’s radio show following appearances at a controversial gathering of Iowa pastors in West Des Moines known as the Iowa Renewal Project.

“Gingrich, Huckabee, and Barbour all say they value the Constitution. This will be a great opportunity to show their true commitment” said Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, a liberal advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “Bryan Fischer’s attempt to redefine a basic right at the core of our democracy is something that no public official – especially one who prides himself in protecting the Constitution – should let slide.”

The “Renewal Project” was hosted by PrayUSA, which is a part of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. The CPCF was founded by Randy Forbes, who laid the groundwork for the group in Mississippi — the same state the American Family Association is based in.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) also appeared with Fischer this week as she discussed her potential presidential run.

“It’s baffling that these presidential hopefuls think that it’s appropriate to lend any credibility to someone with as astounding a record of intolerance and bigotry as Fischer,” Keegan said. “But if they still go on Fischer’s program, while on the show they should at least clearly separate themselves from his demonstrated contempt for the Constitution and for many of his fellow Americans.”

The PFAW sent letters to all Barbour, Gingrich and Huckabee.

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  • Anonymous

    We have to read the Founding Fathers’ writings to understand the context, correct? Truly everyone has a right to freedom of conscience, however we need to search their writings for answers on establishment.

    The framers wrote the establishment clause was only to prohibit a National Church, like the Church of England. They clearly only referred to Christianity as the context by claiming we were formed a Christian Nation as well as statements on the first amendment debates:

    “If the public homage of a people can ever be worthy the favorable regard of the Holy and Omniscient Being to whom it is addressed, it must be that in which those who join in it are guided only by their free choice, by the impulse of their hearts and the dictates of their consciences; and such a spectacle must be interesting to all Christian nations as proving that religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man, freed from all coercive edicts, from that unhallowed connection with the powers of this world which corrupts religion into an instrument or an usurper of the policy of the state…Upon these principles and with these views the good people of the United States are invited, in conformity with the resolution aforesaid, to dedicate the day above named to the religious solemnities therein recommended.”
    –Given at Washington, this 23d day of July, A. D. 1813.[seal.] JAMES MADISON

    “[T]hat they may consider what further measures the honor and interest of the Government and its constituents demand; if a resolution to do justice as far as may depend upon me, at all times and to all nations, and maintain peace, friendship, and benevolence with all the world; if an unshaken confidence in the honor, spirit, and resources of the American people, on which I have so often hazarded my all and never been deceived; if elevated ideas of the high destinies of this country and of my own duties toward it, founded on a knowledge of the moral principles and intellectual improvements of the people deeply engraven on my mind in early life, and not obscured but exalted by experience and age; and, with humble reverence, I feel it to be my duty to add, if a veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians, and a fixed resolution to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service, can enable me in any degree to comply with your wishes, it shall be my strenuous endeavor that this sagacious injunction of the two Houses shall not be without effect.”
    –First Inaugural, In the City of Philadelphia, Saturday, March 4, 1797.

    “[A]ll men have an equal, natural and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that no particular sect or society of Christians ought to be favored or established by law in preference to others.”

    –The Father of the Bill of Rights, Colonel George Mason
    Kate Mason Rowland, The Life of George Mason (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1892, Vol. I, p.28.

    Even Thomas Jefferson said we were a Christian Nation, that the 1st amendment only referred to a Christian Church:

    “[T]he clause of the Constitution which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians and Congregationalists.”
    –Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush on September 23, 1800.

    The State ratification debate only refer to Christianity:

    “First Amendment Ratifier Samuel Johnston in the North Carolina ratifying convention:

    I know but two or three States where there is the least chance of establishing any particular religion. The people of Massachusetts and Connecticut are mostly Presbyterians. In every other State, the people are divided into a great number of sects. In Rhode Island, the tenets of the Baptists, I believe prevail…I hope, therefore, that gentlemen will see there is no cause of fear that any one religion shall be exclusively established.
    –July 30, 1788

  • Anonymous

    What a sad website this is; rejecting truth. Let me give you some advice. Without knowing the truth, you aren’t loving or honest with yourselves.

    If you love someone, you will tell them the truth, which the Founding Fathers did tell us, and reject their words.

    Shame on you!

    • Anonymous

      This web site rejects YOUR truth, which is not universal. Here is a quote from a Founding Father that maybe you should think about before spewing more of your religious bigotry.

      Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

      -Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

    • Anonymous

      oft, if you have nothing to add to the conversation besides vitriolic spew about the ideas that counter your own, sanctimonious harping that others adhere to your religion and accept unconditionally your ‘truth’, and a closed mind when it comes to others’ perspectives, I recommend you return to your own sad blog, where no one questions your truth, because no one is reading it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEFGEOUH52QNNSCD233KGH7UE4 Wendy Peterson

        Good point LIBERaliTY, I didn’t read ourfoundingtruth’s comment either.

      • Anonymous

        This site is dishonest for the fact you won’t post the writings of the Founding Fathers; you deleted mine. That is dishonesty, and fear of truth. They formed this nation, and they told us to follow their example. As to fundamentals, as this one is, they SPECIFICALLY SAID TO INTERPRET LAW AS THE DRAFTERS AND RATIFIERS DESIGNED IT. THE CONSTITUTION IS THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. I’ll post it again; see if you have the guts to post the truth:

        First, The framers prayed to Jesus:

        “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received…[to offer] humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot [our sins] out of remembrance…and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth “in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

        –Journals of…Congress (1907), Vol. IX, 1777, pp 854-855, November 1, 1777.

        The Penman of the Constitution, the man responsible for style, who wrote the final wording of the Constitution, rejected separation of church and state:

        “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”

        –Gouverneur Morris, 1792, Notes on the Form of a Constitution for France.

        No need to bring in Thomas Jefferson into the debate as SW-IA-LIB DID; he was in France and had nothing to do with the Constitution or Bill of Rights.

        It is a fact the Founding Fathers called us a Christian Nation, which means the First Amendment can ONLY refer to Christianity. It would be like a Jewish Nation allowing the possibility of a Christian Church to be established. It cannot be. Here are the Founding Fathers calling us a Christian Nation:

        “If the public homage of a people can ever be worthy the favorable regard of the Holy and Omniscient Being to whom it is addressed, it must be that in which those who join in it are guided only by their free choice, by the impulse of their hearts and the dictates of their consciences; and such a spectacle must be interesting to all Christian nations as proving that religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man, freed from all coercive edicts, from that unhallowed connection with the powers of this world which corrupts religion into an instrument or an usurper of the policy of the state…Upon these principles and with these views the good people of the United States are invited, in conformity with the resolution aforesaid, to dedicate the day above named to the religious solemnities therein recommended. [bold face mine]

        –Given at Washington, this 23d day of July, A. D. 1813.[seal.] JAMES MADISON

        Here is John Adams:

        [T]hat they may consider what further measures the honor and interest of the Government and its constituents demand; if a resolution to do justice as far as may depend upon me, at all times and to all nations, and maintain peace, friendship, and benevolence with all the world; if an unshaken confidence in the honor, spirit, and resources of the American people, on which I have so often hazarded my all and never been deceived; if elevated ideas of the high destinies of this country and of my own duties toward it, founded on a knowledge of the moral principles and intellectual improvements of the people deeply engraven on my mind in early life, and not obscured but exalted by experience and age; and, with humble reverence, I feel it to be my duty to add, if a veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians, and a fixed resolution to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service, can enable me in any degree to comply with your wishes, it shall be my strenuous endeavor that this sagacious injunction of the two Houses shall not be without effect.

        –-Inaugural Address, In the City of Philadelphia, Saturday, March 4, 1797.

        Here is the six President, the founder of our foreign policy:
        From the day of the Declaration, the people of the North American union, and of its constituent states, were associated bodies of civilized men and christians, in a state of nature, but not of anarchy. They were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct. They were bound by the principles which they themselves had proclaimed in the declaration..They were bound by all the beneficent laws and institutions, which their forefathers had brought with them from their mother country, not as servitudes but as rights..In the progress of forty years since the acknowledgment of our Independence, we have gone through many modifications of internal government, and through all the vicissitudes of peace and war, with other mighty nations. But never, never for a moment have the great principles, consecrated by the Declaration of this day, been renounced or abandoned.

        –John Q. Adams, An address, delivered at the request of the committee of arrangements for celebrating the anniversary of Independence, at the City of Washington on the Fourth of July 1821 upon the occasion of reading The Declaration of Independence

        It is a fact more clear than the earth is round that separation of church and state; as the world knows today is a sham. Separation was only to prohibit a National Christian Church, like the Church of England.

  • Anonymous

    Mosque planting in the US by oppressive/Islamist countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, or rapidly Islamizing countries such as Malaysia and Turkey, should not allowed.

    • IowaExpat

      Turkey has been over 95% Muslim for hundreds of years. The government is secular and Jews and Christians can build and attend their own places of worship in the country. Turkey’s department of religion, on an annual basis, issues a sermon to be read in all mosques that denounces terrorism. Compared to Saudi Arabia, Turkey is very liberal.

    • Anonymous

      On what basis?

  • Anonymous

    This was an unintended duplicate post.

  • Larry Linn

    My grandparents had to flee Northern Ireland after death threats because of conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. She was Protestant, and he was Catholic. When I became of age, I volunteered and joined the Army, and I served as an 11B Infantryman. Most of my time in the field was in squad or platoon size operations. We would have discussions about what we were fighting for. It always came back to the “Bill of Rights”. To me the most important was “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.
    What else did our Founding Fathers have to say about religion?
    “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” – Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787):
    “All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason;
    “Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together”, John Madison.
    “Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin.

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