Iowa Wingnuts Want Anti-Bullying Conference Organizers Prosecuted

Every year, Iowa hosts the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, organized by Iowa Safe Schools, an anti-bullying group. The incredibly far-right radio host Jan Mickelson and at least one state legislator are calling for the organizers to be criminally prosecuted. Seriously.

On Friday, [Rep. Greg] Heartsill spoke to talk show host Jan Mickelson, who frequently hosts GOP presidential candidates on his Iowa-based program, about the conference, and was also joined by Republican state Rep. Steve Holt.

Mickelson was so outraged about the event that he said that the organizers should be criminally prosecuted for violating obscenity laws, and Heartsill said that he plans to be in contact with the county attorney for Polk County, where the conference was held, to see if summit organizers broke the law.

Is that a totalitarian agenda in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? That elected officials and a talk show host who routinely hosts Republican presidential candidates could even suggest such a thing without becoming public laughingstocks tells you just how far the Republican party has moved to the far-right fringe.

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  • raven

    Iowa Wingnuts Want Anti-Bullying Conference Organizers Prosecuted

    Isn’t threatening to arrest people for holding a legal public conference…bullying.

    It’s a great example and I hope this conference uses it as such.

  • azpaul3

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  • caseloweraz

    @azpaul3:

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  • samgardner

    You know, I do like that right wing watch exists and informs us of these things. I rather wish they’d inform fully, though.

    They claim all sorts of things were said at this conference. I’m not sure any of them are true, but I don’t think its entirely fair to say their objections are about anti-bullying. To quotethe “family leader” site:

    One speaker wore a dress made of condoms, so they could be easily detached and “used as needed.”

    Another told a rousing story of how he used social media to find friends and accidentally stumbled into an orgy.

    One session taught how to properly use “binders” to reduce the visibility of a girl’s breasts and discussed hormone treatments for delaying puberty, assuring kids the drugs were safe.

  • marcus

    Ed

    That elected officials and a talk show host who routinely hosts Republican presidential candidates could even suggest such a thing without becoming public laughingstocks tells you just how far the Republican party has moved to the far-right fringe.

    Fuck that. These assholes are so out in right field, they can’t even see the “far-right fringe” from their back porch.

  • marcus

    samgardner @ 4

    “They claim all sorts of things were said at this conference. I’m not sure any of them are true, but I don’t think its entirely fair to say their objections are about anti-bullying. To quote the “family leader” site:

    One speaker wore a dress made of condoms, so they could be easily detached and “used as needed.” Another told a rousing story of how he used social media to find friends and accidentally stumbled into an orgy.”

    (IMO) These things may or may not be true, but they really are not relevant to what RWW is reporting, which is asshole wingnuts calling for prosecution for issues that require a First Amendment solution, nor is it their responsibility to verify or debunk the claims that “the family leader site(s)” make.

  • grumpyoldfart

    People like Jan Mickelson think that when the revolution comes they are going to be up at the top, taking part, and making decisions. Won’t they get a surprise when they discover that they are regarded as nothing more than useful idiots – and then jailed because they know where the skeletons are buried.

  • blf

    grumpyoldfart@7, It’s quite easy to find the skeletons. Just look for very deep holes with eejits at the bottom, shovel in skeletal hand…

    Alternatively, just follow the money! Follow the money!! Admittedly, this takes a bit more effort, and you have to keep stepping over those bloody deep holes.

  • azpaul3

    #3 caseloweraz

    Thank you. Unfortunately it didn’t work. With each attempt I receive 3 more tracking cookies each and the ad block comes up again. But it’s OK. They want to be marketing pukes using their politics as a lure to abuse our privacy for a buck, I just won’t play. Which I’m sure will hurt them real bad. Yep.

    I do appreciate the help, though. Thanks again.

  • llewelly

    One speaker wore a dress made of condoms, so they could be easily detached and “used as needed.”

    Condoms prevent STDs and pregnancy, and those things are big problems for teenagers, so it is vital to encourage use of condoms, so this is a good thing.

    Another told a rousing story of how he used social media to find friends and accidentally stumbled into an orgy.

    In other words, it’s a warning to teens to be careful about who they meet on the internet. Essential advice. Again, a good thing.

    One session taught how to properly use “binders” to reduce the visibility of a girl’s breasts and discussed hormone treatments for delaying puberty, assuring kids the drugs were safe.

    It turns out that teens have been occasionally using binders for decades – so denying them advice on how to use them correctly is a fool’s game.

    As for the hormones – I wonder what really went on. If the message got garbled, and the actual thing discussed was really not hormones at all but the opposite, hormone blockers, I would not be surpised. It turns out those are fairly safe and usually not available without a doctor’s cooperation, so a message about them is not necessarily a problem.

  • llewelly

    azpaul3 :

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