‘GAYSTAPO’ COMMENTS: Newton Paper Fires Editor

A central Iowa newspaper is looking for a new editor after a blog post caused a public uproar.

Newton Daily News suspended its editor Bob Eschliman last week after he wrote controversial comments on a personal blog.

“I’d like to talk a little bit about deceivers among us, most notably the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo effort to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,’” Eschliman wrote.

Several Newton residents said Eschliman went too far expressing his First Amendment rights.

“What that man wrote in that letter, you do not call my daughter or my friends ‘the enemy’ because they are gay,” resident Stormy Storm told Channel 13.

Shaw Media, the company who owns the newspaper agreed.

“While Mr. Eschliman is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it,” company president John Rung wrote in a piece published in the paper. “Mr. Eschliman 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.”

He had worked at the paper since June, 2012.