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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.

(Photo: Patrick Michels/The Texas Independent)
(Photo: Patrick Michels/The Texas Independent)

Texas schools don’t teach creationism alongside evolution

Rick Perry claim in New Hampshire has no basis in Texas reality
By Patrick Michels | 08.19.11 | 11:47 am

A New Hampshire campaign trail claim by Gov. Rick Perry during an exchange with a local boy and his mother that Texas schools teach both evolution and creationism, and then allow students to decide which is correct, is a false statement.

After saying that evolution is a “theory” that has “some gaps in it,” Perry tells the boy that “in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools.”

The only problem with that, of course, is that it’s not true.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that teaching creationism in public schools would be unconstitutional. Following a 2009 decision by the State Board of Education, Texas science teachers must encourage students to take a critical look at “all sides” of scientific theories like evolution.

As our sister site, The Texas Independent has reported, that state-mandated ambivalence about a theory as widely accepted as evolution has drawn challenges over the years. Just last month, the SBOE opted not to approve supplemental science materials featuring intelligent design.

The watchdog group Texas Freedom Network has worked for years to oppose efforts to teach religious alternatives to evolution in public schools. Its president, Kathy Miller said in a statement that Perry’s remarks were “irresponsible” and could have dangerous consequences:

Gov. Perry has once again waded into the culture wars for political gain, but without considering the harmful consequences. It is irresponsible for the leader of a state, or a presidential hopeful, to suggest to public school teachers that it is OK to teach creationism as science when such attempts have repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional by the courts, and could result in litigation against a school district.

It was the second day in a row Perry’s been pressed on his beliefs about science — Wednesday he denied not only that humans have caused global climate change, but that the climate was changing at all.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took in some more moderate GOP traffic when he tweeted his belief in both evolution and global warming Thursday.


  • Anonymous

    Well, in Iowa, idiots are allowed to vote now….so you can be sure this moron will be getting some votes. How many votes (and consequentially how many idiots) is yet to be seen.

  • Stephan Pickering

    Shalom & Boker tov…Mr Perry, a ‘born again’ pentecostal charismatic 4th reich acolyte, who can barely read or think critically (he did NOT write the book carrying his name)  poses a clear-and-present danger to the civil liberties and lives of Jews everywhere. An historical synopsis: ‘Yeshua ben-Miriam’ was a fabrication of a revelatory Graeco-Roman death cult, and crucifictionists did not then, nor now, have any covenant with G-d. What they created was a warrant for genocide, and the smoke of Auschwitz hangs over their empty tomb. For 2000 years, we have seen crusades, people/book burning, slavery, ghettoization, all leading to the gates of Auschwitz.  An historical reality: I ignore Mr Perry’s idolatrous blasphemies against Spirit (they do not affect my relationships with Spirit), but I cannot ignore the 1933-1945 exterminationist mind-set he insists on embracing. Mr Perry wants to finish the 1933-1945 ‘final solution’. As a Jew, I am his ‘Jewish problem’, because, as a Torah Jew, I know his warped lies of a ‘Jesus’ (how could we Jews murder a god man who never existed?) are what drives his protonazi mind into a frenzy. For him to speak of ‘faith’ was said by his Germanazi mentor. We are, indeed, seeing a repeat of the willing executioners…this time, using technology, antisemitism, and the ‘media’ to propogate a recapitulation of 1933 coded words.  He attacks Mr Bernanke with the classic antisemitic screeds from ‘The protocols of the sages of Zion’ (with its whispering of ‘international Jew bankers’), without quoting it directly —  but his comments are an unmistakable paraphrase. ‘Evolution’ is a process (Darwin never used the word ‘evolution’), not a theory (Darwin/Wallace’s theory was ‘natural selection’), and here, as well, Mr Perry’s scientific illiteracy is predictable. America is in profound peril. One need only listen to the murderous antisemitic rage of the sycophants around him to discern what he is. STEPHAN PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham

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