E.W. Jackson Overreacts Just a Tad

E.W. Jackson, the wingnut preacher who was nominated by the Republican party to run for lt. governor of Virginia last year, has a weekly call with Republican legislators and this week had Rand Paul as his guest on the call. And I think he overreacted just a tiny bit to this entirely reasonable question:

On a conference call that Jackson regularly holds with elected members of the Republican Party, a caller asked Paul if he believed that homosexuality was an illness “from a religious and medical perspective.”

Paul avoided answering the question, saying that there was not a “role for federal government in sort of deciding what people’s behavior’s at home should be one way or another.”

After Paul left the conversation, Jackson suggested that the caller had been part of a liberal plot.

“I just want to let you all know that there were some piece written about Sen. Paul being on this call, and people were encouraged to call in and harass him,” the pastor said. “I think that LGBT caller was one of those people, but thank God he was respectful. No problem.”

“They are going to talk about us like dogs,” he continued. “Because all they know is hatred, all they know is anger, and bitterness. Because there is something wrong with them on the inside. We don’t hate anybody.”

Jackson explained that liberals “want to destroy us.”

“We are in a fight for our very lives, for our very survival,” he warned. “This is an emergency situation.”

Uh…it was a perfectly reasonable question. It wasn’t “hatred” and no one is trying to “destroy” you. It was a question. Seriously, try some decaf.

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  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Perhaps they realize that their beliefs are not popular and do their best to avoid exposing what they really think. Hence even a simple question can be regarded as an attack. No doubt they take comfort in the thought that at least “God” is on their side (even if he’s doing a lousy job of promoting their sacred cause).

  • eric

    Because there is something wrong with them on the inside.

    So Mr. Jackson, it sounds like your answer is “yes” and you just didn’t want to say that explicitly.

  • eric

    Incidentally, I find Paul’s non-answer perfectly reasonable. I don’t really care what a politician thinks about my lifestyle, as long as he will support my freedom to live it.

  • colnago80

    It became clear early on in the campaign that Harvard Law School Graduate Jackson was round the bend.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    I’d say Ron Paul’s answer is exactly right, though it doesn’t go far enough (only mentions federal).

    In general, debate about the “cause of homosexuality” begs the question of rights.

  • dugglebogey

    I don’t know if anyone wants to destroy them, but I wouldn’t mind if they’d shut the fuck up.

  • scienceavenger

    … there is something wrong with them on the inside. We don’t hate anybody.

    You’re doing it wrong. First you say you don’t hate anyone, THEN you say hateful things. Sheesh!

  • scienceavenger

    “They are going to talk about us like dogs,” he continued. “Because all they know is hatred, all they know is anger, and bitterness.”

    This should be the new Wiki example of “projection”.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Uh…it was a perfectly reasonable question. It wasn’t “hatred” and no one is trying to “destroy” you. It was a question. Seriously, try some decaf.

    Hey! Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and the founding fathers didn’t achieve their station in life drinking defaf. No siree, Bob.

  • matty1

    Speak for yourselves, I’m trying to destroy Eeew Jackson using my magic mind ray. If this works he should shoot up into the sky like a cartoon explosion and not come down.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Let me FTFY, Michael Heath @ # 9:

    Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and the other founding fathers didn’t achieve their station in life drinking de[c]af.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    It’s not “hatred”, E.W. It’s disdain.

  • John Pieret

    there was not a “role for federal government in sort of deciding what people’s behavior’s at home should be one way or another.”

    Now explain why there is any role of any government in deciding what people’s behavior’s at home should be?

    Republicans: the party of small government … small enough to fit in your bedroom!

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    Hey hey now! I do hate their culture and what they stand for, and it is my goal, and I take active measures to achieve that goal, to destroy that culture and the evil things it stands for. They are right that I am trying to destroy their way of life.

    Am I trying to destroy them? No. Do I hate their ideas? Yes. Do I hate them? Often yes. Do I preach hate against evil ideas? Yes. But it’s all to save myself and to save them, and I endorse only moral means – such as talking about it.