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E.W. Jackson: The People Of Virginia Don’t Have The Right To Use My Words To Decide Their Vote

by David Badash on June 18, 2013

in News,Politics,Religion

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Bishop E.W. Jackson, the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia, sat down with Bryan Fischer yesterday and shared his concerns about how he is being “marginalized” and “persecuted” for his “biblical world view.” Jackson, who has said gays and lesbians are “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally,” now believes the Constitution does not allow for a “religious test” for office, and therefore his comments made as a religious figure should not be used by the people of Virginia when deciding how to vote.

“But look, it’s an attack ultimately on every church-going, Bible-believing Christian out there who holds to a traditional worldview,” Bishop Jackson told Fischer, the voice and face of the anti-gay hate group, American Family Association. Jackson added, “frankly, I think one of my goals is to champion their right to hold their views without being persecuted for it.”

“Our Founding Fathers believed that there should never be a religious test and yet that’s what we’re seeing today,” Jackson, misinterpreting the Constitution, complained. “We’re seeing people apply a religious test and they’re saying anything you believed or said as a minister disqualifies you from serving as Lt. Governor because you hold to these Biblical views.”

Of course, Jackson is plain wrong. No one is saying he is “disqualified” from serving as Lt. Governor. But what the majority of good Americans believe is persecuting a population, like the LGBT community, or African-Americans, or, other protected classes, is wrong. The people have every right — in fact, every responsibility — to vet their candidates for elected office and take the person’s views into account. It’s called making an informed decision.

Others agree.

“For some reason,” Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch writes, “Fischer did not disabuse Jackson of this notion.”

Mantyla then (brilliantly) quotes Fischer back to Jackson, from a World Net Daiy op-ed Fischer wrote in 2011, “Voters: Use Any Religious Test You Want To.” Here’s an excerpt from Fischer’s op-ed:

While the federal government cannot use a religious test to screen candidates for public office, the people who go to the polls certainly can. The federal government cannot use a religious test, but voters can – and they should.

Let’s be done with the nonsense that asking questions about a candidate’s faith is inappropriate. It certainly is not. In fact, in some ways, the faith questions are the most important, because they go right to the issue of a man’s most deeply held convictions and values.

We need to know what those values are, because we are prepared to hand over to him enormous power to implement policies that will impact virtually every detail of of our lives, including policies on abortion, marriage and sexuality in the military. We need to know what value system is driving him at the deepest level. In fact, it would be irresponsible not to seek to know all we can about a candidate’s moral and religious values.

 

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{ 8 comments }

cheesetoast June 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

And in today's episode of WTF…..sick and tired of dealing with people putting their bigoted attitudes on display then crying when people speak out against it.

dakotahgeo June 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Please remember that there is a BIGGG difference between "Christian" and "christian." Donkey Face is definitely no Christian! If there is ANY persecution of christians today, they have sent engraved invitations to spank the heck out of their butts for their incessant prattling about their christian ideas. They misinterpret, they are misinformed, they quote Scripture out of context and out of historical/social perspective and then have audacity to whine when they're caught with their hands in the cookie jar of guilt. Yepppppp… cry me a river, christian victims!
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain of heard and seen it all, lolol. (Ret.)

russellsvocation June 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What a moron…
So, he can use the Bible to form his opinions about a segment of the population (a VOTING segment, I might add) but the people have to ignore his Biblical viewpoints when voting for him.
What is scary, is there is a possibility this guy might actually convince people to vote for him.
It will, however be interesting and fun to watch him whine about how persecuted he was, if indeed he loses.

Woodstock1947 June 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

"No religous test" means that the government cannot disqualify anyone from holding(or seeking) office for their religous views.
A Satanist could run for lieutenant governor. But voters can choose whether or not to vote for him. Just the same as if a candidate were a Catholic priest, a Baptist minister, a rabbi, or the high priestess of a witches' coven.

kuhrdan1 June 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

So, Pastor E. W. Jackson feels persecuted, "“We’re seeing people apply a religious test and they’re saying anything you believed or said as a minister disqualifies you from serving as Lt. Governor because you hold to these Biblical views” after his litany of character assasinations and views that makes Hitler look like an angel. He can dish it out but buckles when the favor is returned against him.

dakotahgeo June 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Please remember that there is a BIGGG difference between "Christian" and "christian." Donkey Face is definitely no Christian! If there is ANY persecution of christians today, they have sent engraved invitations to spank the heck out of their butts for their incessant prattling about their christian ideas. They misinterpret, they are misinformed, they quote Scripture out of context and out of historical/social perspective and then have audacity to whine when they're caught with their hands in the cookie jar of guilt. Yepppppp… cry me a river, christian victims!
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain of heard and seen it all, lolol. (Ret.)

Buffy June 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

So he thinks all the nasty stuff he's said shouldn't be held against him because he said it as part of his "religious beliefs"? Sorry, that's not how it works. If you're going to be Lt. Governor you're going to be serving everyone–including LGBT people, and people have a right to judge everything you've said and done–regardless of what you blame it on.

Peter Blaise September 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

E.W. Jackson's words are not capital R Religious, they are small r religious in that they are his personally invented and chosen views, and are hateful, discriminatory, bigoted, disrespectful, and, especially considering his desires to demote as many people as possible to second class citizenship (how insensitive of a Black man to do that, he must be thinking with only 3/5ths of his brain!), he definitely disqualifies himself from representing all of we-the-people in our self-governance.

Marginalized?

He should be sentenced to community service in a suicide hot line and emergency ward helping desperate gay children recover any sense of a valid self and citizenship in our sadly broken society — if any community outreach charity would have him do anything more than shut up and clean the toilets with his bare hands.

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