‘GAYSTAPO’ COMMENTS: Newton Paper Fires Editor

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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.


    • Troy Hendrickson

      In order to accept that as truth, one has to look at what the man did and discern that it was something that Jesus would have advocated. I find that it did not. But that doesn’t surprise me, whenever I hear people who profess to follow Jesus claiming their being persecuted, as it turns out what they’re whining about isn’t really anything Jesus would have condoned.

      But to be absolutely certain, the worst atrocities ever commited in this nations history were commited by “christians”. They’re very genocide is why this nation even exists as it does today.

      • Right Wing Patriot

        Factually you are incorrect. If you break down the conflicts of the world you’ll find that ‘religous wars’ accounted for about 6-7%. The remainder were started by godless governments such Germany (Hitler), Vietnam/Korea (communism). Whether you agree with what this guy said or not, RJ said it right. The persecution is now full steam ahead.

      • gene e us

        Right wing patriot factually you are wrong have you even looked in a history book? Didn’t Hitler commit genocide against a religious group?

      • Deadmanwalking

        1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Gives very specific instructions. How could Jesus not advocate what Mr. Eschliman stated? Sexually immoral is clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “I find that it did not” is meaningless if you don’t list the specifics behind your findings. Also “I find that it did not” suggests you are an expert and beyond reproach. I guess I am not clear on what you meant or what you were trying to suggest.

        I would suggest that genocide is the driving force behind the “empire at any cost” mentality that continues to plague our nation.

    • Gary


      He was delivering hate speech by declaring gay people as “the enemy” and you’re seriously wondering why he lost his job?

  • Fire John Rung

    John Rung, you say you want an editor, who “…best serves the interests of our readers.” Do you know Newton, is in Jasper County, Iowa? Who do you think we are? Do you think we have the moral mentality, and reading level, of the Newton Daily News?

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  • Central Iowa Hookers Local 370

    Hey John Dung, thanks for including us hookers in the name of diversity and inclusivity. As you look for a new job, use us as a reference. Bon Voyage!

  • Troy Hendrickson

    To whom it may concern:

    Please read what I said, it’s obvious you from your response you didn’t, since you failed to address or refute anything I stated, or actually even support your own conclusion.

  • Gary

    He called them “The enemy?”


    He got what he deserved. That was entirely unacceptable. What a hypocritical person he is.

  • Happy in Newton

    As a subscriber to the Newton Daily News, I’m happy with this decision. While it was a personal blog he used, it makes me wonder if he (and the staff that he oversees) would give equal coverage to a variety of events in the area. The paper had already taken a rather conservative angle under his leadership, and this makes me wonder how many stories we didn’t get to read because he felt that the subject wasn’t “moral” enough for him.

    He has an excellent staff, and I hope they continue their hard work. I look forward to a new editor who will share all sides of all stories.

  • Newton Hookers Local 370

    Thank you all for including us Newton hookers in the name of diversity and inclusivity.

  • Right Wing Patriot

    To gene e us – Actually yes. Hitler did commit genocide aganst a religous group – they were called Jews. Not all Christians are of clear thought. They get judgemental and make poor comments. But don’t lump all us Christians together. Homosexuality is a sin, but its not my role to judge. Love the sinner, don’t like the sin.

    • Lisa Cunningham

      Thanks for the link to the article on Free Speech. For those who won’t take the time to read it, here is a quote from the article on Jezebel by Katie J.M. Baker:

      “Consequences: If you publicly express yourself in a manner that is offensive, hurtful, or just plain dumb, strangers might contact your friends/family/school/employer and tell them what you did. That is not infringing on your right to free speech; it’s pointing out how you choose to exercise that right. Like the rest of the federal constitution, the First Amendment protects us from the government, not from private companies, which may be able to fire or otherwise punish you for stuff you say, even if it’s outside of work.”

  • Samantha

    It’s so sad how people use the bible to justify their prejudices. In this day and age you would think that people would realize how ridiculous and hateful the bible is. There are holes the size of craters to be found in the bible as well as so many contradictions.

    • Adem

      samantha, there are no wholes in Scripture… you just need to read “all” of it not “some” of it!! plus, what is it that you use to justify your prejudices?? it is erroneus to believe that people are born gay, it is a choice!! people ARE responsible for the choices that they make, Christian or not!!

  • Johnathon Gilbert

    Glad he was fired. That was a disgusting thing he said. I wouldn’t want someone as uneducated and backwards to write for the paper.

  • Allison Moore

    Isn’t Christianity supposed to be about love? Because all I see is him spreading hate…

    • Deadmanwalking

      The bible is full of hate and committed to the punishment of specific behaviors. Right or wrong 80% of the nation believes the bible is based in truth. Freedom of religion is what this nation was founded on and it is that tradition that continues to intentionally lead many into beliefs that are damaging to the institution as a whole. Superstition has plagued mankind throughout recorded history, to think that somehow that in this day and age that it would somehow be otherwise is to deny the nature of the beast man. The bible may be full of holes but there are many good lessons that current law is based upon. Love it or hate it, it is an integral part of the nation as you know it.

  • Jess

    whether you agree with him or not, people died for him to have the right to say it. My understanding is that he did it in a personal blog. When he made his comments, he was not representing the newspaper in anyway.

    Does that mean that we can fire anyone who says something that isn’t very nice no matter when and where they say it?

    • Chuck

      Yes. Just because we are free to say what we want does not mean we are free from consequences of said speech.

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