GOP Candidate For Iowa State House Suggests AIDS Is Punishment For Homosexuality

The Iowa Independent’s Jason Hancock catches Jeremy Walters, a Republican candidate running for the State House in Iowa, quoting biblical verses saying that gay people should be “put to death; their blood shall be upon them” and suggesting that AIDS is a punishment for their sins:


As the Independent notes, Walters has run for office “three times in three different legislative districts” and does not mention social issues on his campaign website. Ironically, he does pledge to protect Iowans’ “rights and freedom”: “The State Government should not have the right to tell us where or when we can or can’t do something like. For example enforcing the National Identification Card and telling us how to raise our children,” he writes.

Walters’ Facebook page also reveals that he is a Birther, a devotee of radio host Alex Jones, and a Ron Paul supporter. ” Once removed, all acts performed by Obama can be declared “null and void ‘ab initio'” and then we can declare RON PAUL the only lawfully elected president and all of Obama’s cabinet can be declare in one fell swoop improvidently appointed! Get rid of this autocratic and corrupt regime now!!,” he wrote in a posting from June 10th.

One Iowa, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, is calling on the Republican Party of Iowa to disavow Walters’ comments. “Jeremy Walters’ comments are offensive and they have no place in this year’s election,” Carolyn Jenison, the group’s executive director, said. “We call on the Republican Party of Iowa to denounce Walters’ comments immediately. HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that does not discriminate. It’s a matter of life and death for many Iowans.”


Jeremy Walters has told me that he has removed the post from Facebook and he regrets posting it.

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