The Iowa Standard is announcing its “year-end” award winners who deserve recognition for their efforts in 2022. We’re pleased to announce Broadlawns Medical Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chief Officer and West Des Moines City Councilwoman Renee Hardman earns the distinction of Iowa’s “Bigot of the Year.”
Hardman displayed her religious bigotry toward Christian beliefs by leading efforts to terminate a contract between Broadlawns and Freedom Blend Coffee over Freedom Blend Coffee’s “Statement of Faith.”
Hardman “investigated” Freedom Blend Coffee’s “Statement of Faith” and singled out certain beliefs that, in her opinion, did not align with the values of Broadlawns.
“We believe that any form of sexual immorality – ‘including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bestiality conduct, incest or use of pornography is sinful and offensive.’
“We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25).
“We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.
“Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.”
Any person or organization who believes any of those things would seem to go against the values of Broadlawns, according to public records.
You can get a full grasp of just how intolerant Hardman is of Christians by reading the story here.
Hardman clinched the award this year after coming close in 2021 when she used her position on the West Des Moines City Council to cancel a contract with Tom Conley’s security firm over his private political opinions expressed about Black Lives Matter.
You can read about that incident below:
Broadlawns DEI Chief also used West Des Moines council position to punish First Amendment exercise in 2021