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Iowa Paper Fires Editor For Blog Post Accusing 'Gaystapo' of 'Rewriting The Bible'

On Monday, The Newton Daily News of Jasper County, Iowa fired editor Bob Eschliman (pictured) after he published a blog post accusing “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying to re-write the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.’”

HelloIn a response from Newton Daily News’ owner and Shaw Media president John Rung, Rung said:

Last week, Mr. Eschliman expressed an opinion on his personal blog that in no way reflects the opinion of the Newton Daily News or Shaw Media…

There will be some who will criticize our action, and mistakenly cite Mr. Eschliman’s First Amendment rights as a reason he should continue on as editor of the Newton Daily News.

As previously stated, he has a right to voice his opinion. And we have a right to select an editor who we believe best represents our company and best serves the interests of our readers.

The Newton Daily News has also publsihed readers’ letter on the matter, most of them speaking against Eschliman’s screed.

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  1. "As previously stated, he has a right to voice his opinion. And we have a right to select an editor who we believe best represents our company and best serves the interests of our readers."
    Always the same, whether Eich, Sterling or two brothers whose show was cancelled.
    There is no gay mafia. Corporation employees don't have "first amendment" protection. Welcome to corporate America. If you can't stand the heat, just get out of the kitchen.

    Posted by: simon | May 7, 2014 8:03:53 PM

  2. How can any of these bigoted people think that publicly hating gay people was worth it? Why not just not hate gay people? Or even keep it to yourself? Is that so hard?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 7, 2014 8:12:43 PM

  3. Good God. If there was a "gay mafia" we would rewrite the Bible and rework the clothes, stories, narratives,et al... And give the breeders a long over due taste of their own medicine.. Just to teach their sorry unrepentant asses a REAL lesson. Then we'd restyle 'em and marry them off with members of the same sex!!But we can't and super paranoid losers like the tool mentioned in this story need to go!!

    Posted by: Patrick | May 7, 2014 8:32:08 PM

  4. It's heartening to read that so many people in Newton Iowa were offended by what the editor wrote and spoke up about it. Progress is happening even in the Heartland.

    Posted by: Howard B | May 7, 2014 8:34:51 PM

  5. If he had limited himself to a critique of the Queen James Bible without resorting to hyperbole and backfiring attempts at wit, I might say the man was doing something distasteful but not hateful. I;m no biblical scholar but I read commentaries on the original texts and the legitimate debates about how some words are to be translated and understood in context.
    Based on some secondary materials,I think it looks as if the QJB editors may have taken liberties that change the meaning of the clobber verses without adequately documenting sources or justification for their choices. If anybody has seen the book and read whatever introductory and explanatory notes there are, please share.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 7, 2014 8:55:06 PM

  6. So many crazy people in the United States, this wouldn't happen in any other country around the globe; what makes that man to put in danger his job for posting a crocked rant over his twisted mind?!, is beyond me

    Posted by: MArk | May 7, 2014 9:01:11 PM

  7. I'm so pleased they got between that bogus 1st Amendment baloney in advance.

    These knuckleheads cherry-pick their interpretation of the Constitution in the same manner that they cherry-pick their bible.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 7, 2014 9:05:16 PM

  8. ..."Gaystapo” of trying to re-write the Bible"

    Uh-huh. Because of course, every Bible thumper knows that is the absolute original Bible, there were no less than 8,000 versions that were cherry-picked to start with, you know, about a thousand years ago, as well as the multiple changes that had occurred since. No sir. This is the original version.

    No changes, none whatsoever, that is how we got both testaments that were handed to you by your God. And as that Crazy Crackpot Michele Buckmann had once stated, it was handed to us personally by god, IN ENGLISH, because god loves America.


    Posted by: Phillie | May 7, 2014 9:16:11 PM

  9. You don't need to be a Bible scholar to know that Bible is full of sh*t. Talking about sources, there were none. We are still waiting to see if they can locate the "Ark".

    Posted by: simon | May 7, 2014 9:18:35 PM

  10. Nice to see them slam the door on those stupid 1st Amendment whinings. Too many don't understand that.

    Posted by: LiamB | May 7, 2014 9:26:54 PM

  11. Speaking of unauthorized re-writes of the bible, nobody had any business translating it from Hebrew to English (or any other language) or adding such a thing as a "New Testament."

    Posted by: Shlomo | May 7, 2014 10:21:06 PM

  12. He was probably fired because of his "the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo," the sort of language you would not expect from an editor but would rather expect an editor to correct.

    One question regarding his free speech rights (some states provide more rights than the federal government does) is whether his blog is associated with the newspaper. If it is, it is easier to justify firing him over embarrassing language.

    Posted by: Bill | May 7, 2014 10:22:26 PM

  13. May be the Republicans in Congress should introduce their version of ENDA to protect the religious talibans not to face discrimination and persecution in the workplace.

    Posted by: simon | May 7, 2014 10:48:33 PM

  14. Silly man. I don't want to rewrite the Bible. Christians have already done that, from the Hebrew and Greek, to the KJV and NIV, and on and on. No, I just want to mock any and all versions of it.

    Posted by: Randy | May 8, 2014 12:27:28 AM

  15. The vast majority of these anti-gay weirdos are fat and ugly.

    Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Buckie | May 8, 2014 1:40:44 AM

  16. Wow! Of all of the news from Newton, this is the
    of first mention of the "LGBT"community ever. My family are all from Jasper County going back to the turn of the 30th century. Go Newton!

    Posted by: Terry | May 8, 2014 2:25:15 AM

  17. It seems to me that if this small town newspaper would fire an editor for anti-gay remarks then we've reached some sort of tipping point in America.

    Posted by: mike | May 8, 2014 4:05:13 AM

  18. Wow! Of all of the news from Newton, this is the
    of first mention of the "LGBT"community ever. My family are all from Jasper County going back to the turn of the 30th century. Go Newton!
    POSTED BY: TERRY | MAY 8, 2014 2:25:15 AM

    The 30th century? Ummm.. what?

    Posted by: theotherlee | May 8, 2014 6:35:57 AM

  19. He sounds like a b fischer 'wanna be' just another "corn fed fundie",they grow em BIG out there..jus' like his 'big fat' 3RD grade edu

    Posted by: codyj | May 8, 2014 7:42:15 AM

  20. We have better things to do than to rewrite the Bible.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 8, 2014 7:58:50 AM

  21. Haha! Hope the bigot starves to death. Or perhaps becomes addicted to coke or something like that. Idiots like this deserve a slow and painful death.

    Good riddance fool.

    Posted by: mike1969 | May 8, 2014 8:27:41 AM

  22. And again, take religion out of it. This has nothing to do with the bible.

    Posted by: Phil | May 8, 2014 8:39:20 AM

  23. Gee Simon, you spelled sh*t, I did two with the i still in place & got 86's for it.
    Well Towleroad I'm i 86'd for life?

    Posted by: terryp | May 8, 2014 12:15:52 PM

  24. Thank you Towleroad, I've learned my lesson. I will not write swear words again,
    even though I hate religion.

    Posted by: terryp | May 8, 2014 12:25:41 PM

  25. Actually, his private political views would have been protected under California law, which with the best of intentions technically prevents an employer from firing an employee for their political activism. This helps labor unions enormously, which was the original intent of the law, but it also means you might end up working with a raging anti-Semite. However, the law is so hard to enforce that while it might protect union organizers it probably won't protect KKK members.

    Posted by: anon | May 8, 2014 7:20:13 PM

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