The Man Who Could Be Virginia’s Next Lt. Governor Thinks Evolution is a Lie and Sin Leads to Birth Defects

You would think that the Republican ticket in the race to become Virginia’s next governor was made crazy by the presence of Ken Cuccinelli. But Bishop E.W. Jackson, who’s running for Lt. Governor, may be even wackier.

We already know Jackson thinks the Democratic Party is a “Coalition of the Godless.” As we dig more into his past, we’re finding out Jackson is full of Christianity-based crazy.

Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed has been reading Jackson’s 2008 book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life and posting his findings.

Among them: He doesn’t accept evolution because monkeys can’t talk:

Scientist have made much of the fact that chimpanzees have been trained to use sign language. They take this as proof that primates are our ancestors because they, like us, have “language capacity.” It is amazing the length to which people will go to prove what is so palpably false. The ability to make sounds which serve to communicate the simplest to most complex ideas is an astounding thing, almost supernatural in itself. Equally remarkable is the ability to reduce those sounds to written symbols universally understood and capable of conveying the ideas that those sounds represent. To suggest that all this is an accident of evolution belies the intellectual power language represents. Those are gifts given to mankind by God who created us. He gave those gifts to no other creature. There is an unfathomable gulf between humans and all other creatures because creation was designed that way. No amount of time or theorizing will ever bridge that gulf. Only mankind was made to represent the divinity and genius of God himself.

Jackson also believes birth defects were caused by sin:

It is the principle of sin, rebellion against God and His truth which has brought about birth defects and other destructive natural occurrences. Leaving aside that for a moment, recent discoveries about the genetic code of each human being are a fulfillment of scripture. Your genetic code is the handwriting of God, written before you or the world existed. Our genetic blueprint is proof of the existence of the Living God and His infinite intelligence, purpose and design. Sadly, many will ignore the deeper spiritual truth which underlies the advance of this scientific knowledge.

Betsy Woodruff of the National Review also points out Jackson’s Mark-Driscoll-like connection between yoga and Satan:

When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana … The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself… [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it.

This man is the gift that keeps on giving. If Democrat Terry McAuliffe wants to become Governor, he should just run ads of Jackson talking and preaching. Or maybe someone from his campaign can just read passages from Jackson’s book to the camera.

Public Policy Polling (PDF) has the Democrats leading by single digits in both the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s races. With this much ignorance coming from the GOP, it’s actually pretty amazing that the gap isn’t wider than it is, but McAuliffe isn’t exactly an inspiration candidate, either.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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