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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.

"We need a president who will treat homosexuality ... as a threat to public health," said Bryan Fischer. (Photo: Sofia Resnick/The American Independent)
"We need a president who will treat homosexuality ... as a threat to public health," said Bryan Fischer. (Photo: Sofia Resnick/The American Independent)

AFA’s Bryan Fischer condemns gays, Muslims; Mitt Romney condemns Fischer

By Sofia Resnick | 10.08.11 | 11:38 am

As expected the American Family Association’s president, Bryan Fischer, delivered a Values Voter Summit speech rife with rhetoric some have called “unmitigated bigotry” and what presidential hopeful Mitt Romney indirectly called-out as “poisonous.”

“We should remember that decency and civility are values too,” Romney said at the end of his address Saturday morning, before the controversial Fischer took the stage. “One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate.”

It was the first time Romney has addressed his associations with Fischer at this political conference, despite repeated appeals from advocacy groups and the press for him to distance himself.

Fischer did not disappoint those expecting inflammatory statements — and from no less than the leader of one of this summit’s major sponsors, and the organization that bankrolled Bob Vander Plaats’ successful 2012 effort to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices. Fischer said the future president of the United States would have to choose between homosexuality and liberty “because we can’t have both;” that homosexuality is a public health hazard; that Islam and not just “radical Islam” is inherently violent and pro-terrorism; and that the welfare system is “legalized blunder.”

Or as Slate’s David Weigel, and former Washington Independent reporter, tweeted: Shorter Bryan Fischer: “I’m completely insane.” #VVS11

Fischer did not directly comment on Romney’s speech, but in line with controversial statements Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress made about Romney’s Mormon faith, Fischer told the audience the next president has to be of “authentic genuine Christian faith.” After ticking off all the ways in which the nation’s future leader must follow Christianity, Fischer said: “This is not a religious test for political office.”

Romney took his speech in an unexpected direction. Since Friday morning, the former Massachusetts governor has been receiving slights and criticisms from presidential candidates and other panelists for his former positions on abortion and health care. To audience applause — and even a standing ovation — Romney attacked abortion rights, pledged to try to abolish Roe v. Wade, and promised to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

It is likely the candidate will continue to be criticized about “flip-flopping” on abortion, particularly from Fischer who in the past has slammed Romney’s previous defense of Roe v. Wade.

“Gov. Romney has in fact staked out radical positions on abortion, saying he believes Roe v. Wade must be sustained, and opposing any restrictions on access to abortion services,” Fischer wrote in 2006 in letter to the editor in the Idaho Lewiston Morning Tribune. “Not even Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks as fondly of Roe as Romney does.”

Watch Romney censuring Fischer:


  • Joe Carlin

    It’s about time someone took Fischer to task. 

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