E.W. Jackson: Calling Out My Positions is Persecution

The Virginia GOP sure knows how to pick ‘em. Its candidate for Lt. Governor is going out of his way to induce a collective facepalm amongst non-wingers everywhere. (And when’s the last time you had even heard of, let alone were incensed by a candidate for Lt. Governor?) E.W. Jackson, already a circus-on-wheels of wingnuttery, is tired of being, well, quoted.

He recently told fellow-radical Christianist Bryan Fischer, that to use his own views against him, views he’s proudly espoused as a bishop and as a candidate, is persecution. This was caught by Right Wing Watch:

It’s a sad commentary on our media and culture today that anybody that expresses a Biblical worldview is marginalized and, frankly, not too put too fine a point on it, persecuted for doing so. . . . it’s an attack ultimately on every church-going, Bible-believing Christian out there who holds to a traditional worldview . . .

And what’s the real problem? Obviously, criticizing his positions is unconstitutional.

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.

This is not a “religious test,” Bishop. This is a sanity test, a credulity test, and a character test. If you think LGBT Americans are “poison” and that Democrats are “slave masters,” and also a “coalition of the godless” (if only!), it’s fair game to call you on it, and whatever’s at the root of those beliefs. And the thing is, even if you fail those tests, you can still totally win.

So spare us, Bishop.

Fun side note: Jackson’s complaint is nearly identical to Newt Gingrich’s during the previous GOP presidential primaries, when, after saying something the electorate didn’t like, he insisted, “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.” This must be something they teach at GOPAC.

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  • randomfactor

    Guess his campaign’s a success, then. It’s comparatively making Kooky Ken look almost sane.

  • allein

    My first thought reading this: on another forum I am a member of, “EW” stands for “entitlement whore”…

  • mikespeir

    But just look at that smile. He must be a good guy. ;-)

  • sk3ptik0n

    When you parents tell you not to hijack rides from strangers, that’s who they have in mind.

  • Nomad

    In a way this is brilliance. It’s the ultimate political manuever. People like him focus obssively on their religion as their political platform, and then when they get called out for it they claim that their religious beliefs are off limits.

  • UWIR

    I think you mean “hitchhike”. The language module of the human brain can be a fickle creature.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    It does have a certain elegance about it, I grant you…

  • smrnda

    The problem with “Biblical Views” isn’t so much having them but a desire to use them as a basis for public policy.

  • Chris

    He and Ken make me embarrassed to tell people I live in Virginia. I don’t support everything Terry McAuliffe stands for, but he’s definitely got my vote for governor this year because if Ken and E.W. get elected, we’re surely fucked.

  • SeekerLancer

    It’s just like the people who believe freedom of religion in the United States only applies to protections for Christianity. He believes freedom of speech only applies to his own speech.

    Having the right to say anything you want doesn’t mean you’re protected from the consequences of what you say or the opinions others will have of you for saying it. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean anyone has to respect your opinion.

  • DougI

    Fundies will claim persecution if their shoelaces break. They whine about everything.

  • CassandraJK

    Hmmm, I actually do think that having “biblical views” is a problem. Maybe because if someone is delusional enough to believe in that drivel, then they might also buy into other myths such as “global warming is a hoax”, “trickle down economics totally work” and “corporations are people.” Just to name a few.


    WELL if you godless heathens knew more about skydaddy, then you would TOTALLY understand Mr. Jackson’s point of view…..HEATHENS all of you..lol

  • EvolutionKills

    Dear E.W. Jackson

    You have been added to the list of people who are never to smile like that into a camera ever again. Ever.

    Also, if you could, be less of an ignorant jackass in the future. Actually study the Constitution you are sworn to uphold.


  • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

    It’s only the government that’s legally prohibited from using a religious test. Voters using them is entirely lawful, even when it’s also a bad idea.

  • Whirlwitch

    *looks at smile*

    [Doppler effect of] AAAaaaaa-a-a-a-a

    *conspicuous absence of Whirlwitch*

    NB: slightly inaccurate reference to Doppler effect is tribute to Robert Fulghum. I couldn’t resist.

  • Tom

    You know, at this point, I might trust a politician who doesn’t smile more than one who does, in much the same way as one can be sure that a person who never speaks is never lying.

  • Artor

    I love your avatar. Is that a real owl, really wearing a Jayne hat, or is it ‘shopped?

  • CassandraJK

    So far as I know, it’s real

  • ron

    what a jackass he is

  • McAtheist

    Will you be upset if I quote you?