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Bob Vander Plaats, the Sioux City, Iowa, Christian bully behind the Iowa mini-me version of the national LDS-led Family Leader, is on a crusade to dump the rest of Iowa's Supreme Court after picking off three in November's election.
He was also instrumental in the recent Iowa House passage of HJR 6, which would ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
He's a good sport though. He offered homos some store-bought cookies to soften the blow and to burnish his image.
We at Aksarbent have a better idea. He should offer the gay families he victimizes slices of pizza! Pizza Ranch pizza! It would be convenient, since so many of the stops on his current "Capturing momentum" tour are at Pizza Ranch restaurants in Iowa.
And how many times will the haters hold court at Pizza Ranch during his tour? At least 30, according to the Family Leader schedule. That, of course, would be the Iowa Family Leader, not the national, Mormon-led Family Leader. Wink, wink, nod, nod.
(Pizza Ranch, according to wikipedia, is a "Christian based company." Its vision: "To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in.")
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Fifty-nine-year-old Lawrence Vander Esch of Hull, the founder of the Pizza Ranch chain, was sentenced in 2001 to ten years in prison. Vander Esch pleaded guilty in 2001 to fondling teenage male employees of the Pizza Ranch in Hull after falsely persuading them to donate semen samples for a medical research project.Vander Esch was sentenced to ten years in prison but was released in March 2005 for good behavior.
A month before his release, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in a separate case that sexual abuse does not occur if a defendant deceives a victim to get consent to perform a sex act. The ruling was applied retroactively to Vander Esch.
The Vander Plaats/Pizza Ranch connection...