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DES MOINES, Iowa — Brannon Howse, an author and radio broadcaster, goes around the country trying to teach Americans about Islam and The Quran, and the threat he believes the religion and its holy book poses to America.

“If you read it for yourself, you`ll see what the issues are,” said Howse. “The disrespect for women. The disrespect for the Jewish people. The disrespect for Christians. The disrespect for freedom of speech.”

And that’s the case Howse has been making for years, but increasingly his message is being considered too controversial to even book gigs like this one at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center.

Howse told the audience that a lot of hotels won’t let him use their facilities anymore, and that he just found out the Radisson in Green Bay cancelled a contract it had with him for a conference there on Saturday.

Meanwhile, protesters like Glenn Hurst, say the speakers at the conference don’t know what they’re talking about.

“I`m here tonight to remind this organization that they`re not welcome and their message is not welcome here in Iowa,” said Hurst. “It`s a twisting of the data. It would be like somebody with no background in Christianity, reading the Bible and trying to present it to everybody else that has no background in it, as to what it actually means.”

John Guandolo, president of Understanding the Threat, spoke to the crowd about terms like Sharia and Jihad, and how he says they’re dangerous.

But local Muslim leader Ako Abdul-Samad says the meaning of those words can be interpreted in different ways and have been misunderstood by many.

“The Jihad that we talk about in the The Quran, prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said very clearly that the Jihad is the Jihad of an-Nafs, which means the Jihad of self. You`re Jihad is within you and every religion has a Jihad.”

But Guandolo disagrees.

“That’s absolutely not true,” said Guandolo. “In Islam, there’s only one legal definition for Jihad, and that’s warfare against non-muslims.”


PERRY, Iowa — As an immigration enforcement bill awaits Governor Kim Reynolds’ signature, many law enforcement officials are thinking one thing, “It really is going to have a big effect,” said Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn.

The bill will prohibit sanctuary cities in Iowa.  It also requires cooperation between state, local and federal organizations like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Vaughn said, “I try to explain to them that it is not local law enforcement’s job.  That is not the reason we are here.”

For a city like Perry, which was thirty-five percent hispanic or latino during the 2010 US Census, Chief Vaughn says the bill creates a fear that is unwelcoming.  “We’ve done a lot of good things in this community to build a good relationship with everybody in our community.   We are just afraid this could be harmful to the work we’ve already done.”

Looking to uphold law and order, hardworking police officers see a bill that could make finding justice more difficult.  “The biggest concern I have is how it affects the citizens of our community and their ability or want to come forward to report criminal activity especially if they are victims or witnesses to crimes.”

To some, the need for the bill seems out of place.  Vaughn said, “I don’t know that there is a community in Iowa that is a true sanctuary city right now.”

Mow is a time that Chief Vaughn hopes Perry citizens can continue to do what makes their community embrace diversity.  He said, “I’ve lived in this community for a long time.  You gain relationships through work, friendships, coaching kids sports, things like that. I just don’t want to see this deteriorate those relationships.”

Governor Reynolds is expected to sign the bill into law. In February she sent an email to her campaign supporters which displayed her opposition to sanctuary cities and enforcing the laws that are already in place.