Virginia’s ‘Bishop’ E W Jackson Sr, above, a primary Republican candidate for the US Senate, has offered a bizarre explanation for his hateful rants against gay people, saying they were meant only for Christian ears.
Because he so desperately wants to win the seat for Virginia next year, Jackson is now taking a more conciliatory tone. He said in this report that he regrets the tone of his past rhetoric and he noted that the comments for which he came under fire were made:
Not in the context of a campaign but on Christian radio where I’m speaking as a pastor and minister to Christians.
The pastor, of Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, previously ran for Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor in 2013, losing to Ralph Northam in the general election. During that campaign, Jackson came under intense criticism for controversial statements he made about LGBT+ rights, abortion, and a host of other social issues. Some of those statements included calling gay people “very sick” and “perverted”.
He still opposes same-sex marriage and measures that promote LGBT+ equality, such as non-discrimination laws, but says he hopes to communicate his “conservative values” in a less offensive manner.
I am going to endeavor in this campaign to express those in a way that calls attention to my faith, where appropriate, without implying some sort of hostility against gay people or transgender people … that’s one of the many lessons I’ve learned.
Last year, in urging black Americans to vote to put America in the hands of Trump (and, by extension, white supremacists, climate change deniers and child molesters like judge Roy Moore) Jackson said:
A vote for Hillary Clinton is a sin against God and the church. Trump has promised to restore the free speech rights of pastors and churches. He said he will defend our right to be true to the word of God. Hillary has threatened the church over abortion and marriage, saying, ‘Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.’
Democrats have kicked God off their platform. Now they want to kick God out of the church. Black Christians must stop supporting a party and candidates who defy God.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn