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.