Jackson Refuses to Back Down

Now that E.W. Jackson has gone from obscure right wing crank to the Republican nominee to be the next lt. governor of Virginia, his penchant for making batshit crazy statements is coming back to haunt him. But if anyone was expecting him to back away from the lunatic fringe, think again.

“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters at a campaign stop in Fredericksburg. “Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live. So I don’t have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.”

Well that’s clever. “An attack on me is an attack on every Christian.” Nonsense. I know lots and lots of Christians who find this guy every bit as dangerous and idiotic as I do. It’s another example of how much the Republican party has mainstreamed the crazy. The Tea Party movement has made fringe cranks like Jackson viable candidates for public office.

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  • Mr Ed

    So hate and bigotry are now values and principles?

  • Sastra

    Those aren’t real Christians, Ed.

    Jackson is trying to appeal to the same privileged assumption which has worked so well in the past: if someone holds a conviction out of religious principles, then it’s hands off. The ordinary rules don’t apply. What would under normal circumstances be considered idiocy, irrelevance, error, or bigotry gets a free pass and a nod of respect.

    Yes, it must be sooo hard to keep believing according to faith when the world keeps telling you you’re wrong, isn’t it? Even if we don’t agree with you we still stand back and give you credit for sticking by your religious values. Doesn’t matter what they are. We all have faith in faith per se. Nice to see you humbling yourself before a Higher Power beyond the low and material world.

    No, even in religion, even in spirituality — that Higher Power is still you, standing here on planet earth. And you have to make sense. You’re not in church now. Welcome to the light of public scrutiny … you arrogant ass.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    Saith Jackson:

    I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.

    Maybe he’s right – but he makes it so easy to do. I mean, how many dimensions do you need to represent “wingnut”?

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    The insanity of fundies convinced me, as a liberal Christian, that Christianity was beyond saving. That was back in the 90’s, and most other members of my church preferred to quickly but weakly denounce them and immediately change the subject or invoke cultural relativism. Then one of the fundies got appointed to teach my Sunday school class. My church attendance abruptly dropped to zero. A few years of internet conversations after that, I’m an atheist.

    Now that insanity is the Republican platform.

  • matty1

    “Attacking me … is attacking …everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live.”

    It appears to be an alloy of irony and brass balls.

  • Jacob Schmidt

    So hate and bigotry are now values and principles?

    They always have been. Disgusting values and principles, but non the less.

  • some bastard on the net

    I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.

    I agree. In order to qualify as a one-dimensional thinker, one would have to have some dimension of thought.

  • bones

    WAITAMINUTE now….where did I hear someone else using that argument, it seems like it was just last week…. Oh, yes now I remember!….the bloody meat cleaver guy on the London street. Yeah, didn’t he say, and I paraphrase, “You mess with one of us, you mess with us all.” Yeah, now I recognize that attitude.

  • gerryl

    Maybe someone already made this comment on one of the earlier posts about this guy — I haven’t been digging in — but:

    Each time I see his name on your blog, I figure it is pronounced Eeeeeew Jackson. (Do we know for sure that it is not?)