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E.W. Jackson: Democratic Party is 'anti-God'

More "extreme" statements from Virginia's GOP candidate for lieutenant governor in 2013 election has officials from both parties up in arms.

E.W. Jackson celebrates his nomination for lieutenant governor at the Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond.
E.W. Jackson celebrates his nomination for lieutenant governor at the Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond.

E.W. Jackson, Virginia’s Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is drawing criticism for saying  the Democratic Party is “anti-God” — and Christians should disassociate from it.

“I believe that the Democrat Party has become an anti-God party, I think it’s an anti-life party, I think it’s an anti-family party,” Jackson said last week in a radio interview, according to Salon. “And these are all things I think Christians hold to very dearly.” (Listen to audio of the exchange here.)

Jackson, a pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, VA, has repeatedly turned heads for rhetoric that critics have called anti-gay and "hateful."

And Democrats hosting a media call Monday afternoon were quick to join the party, calling on Jackson to apologize to Virginia Democrats who might have taken offense at the remarks.

Virginia Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-71st) said the comments were both “not true” and “downright offensive.”

These “hateful comments go directly against some of the most important teachings of God,” said McClellan, adding  she was both a proud Democrat and Christian.

Rev. Robin Gorsline, president of People of Faith for Equality, said Jackson had hurt countless people across the Commonwealth with the remarks and urged him apologize.

Gorsline also said he was bothered that Jackson’s GOP ticket-mates for the November 2013 election hadn’t disavowed the remarks.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor, hasn’t addressed Jackson’s outspoken, controversial nature in the past but has said he wants his own campaign to be judged separately from Jackson’s.

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Judith R. Hennings August 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I have INTIMATELY observed the GOP and their spokespeople. Sir? Are you truly THAT ignor*ant?? Have you not seen the transgressions, blasphemy, cold hardheartedness and hypocrisy in the GOP? and THEY profess to be "godly" ( my a*s*s*...) The DNC DOESN'T profess to that... Not to mention, Sir... keep your religion in the pulpit. There are people out here looking to take a churches tax free status for political maneuverings... I'm one of them... This country was set up to be NON-religious in it's government... because they KNEW what bombastic and sketchy religious fanatics are. You really need to shut up , Sir... we're over you.
Sammy Thomas August 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Classic set of GOP comments. They hate in the name of Jesus.
Kim McCoy August 05, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Hey Sam..how about you watch Fast Terry dot com and then tell me how classic the cronyism is among the Democrats?
labman57 August 05, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Ann Coulter called -- she wants her sanctimonious rhetoric back. The problem with many Christian conservatives is that they are long on self-righteousness and short on selflessness, long on callousness and short on compassion, long on intimidation and short on tolerance. The values and mores of ANY religion have absolutely no place in politics with respect establishing public policy or writing legislation. We need to focus on secular, societal ethical behavior and leave religious morality in the church and within every individual's home. Spirituality comes in many forms. Whether or not an individual regards themselves as a Christian says nothing about the person's character or value as a human being, nor does it speak to their loyalty and patriotism toward our nation. The notion that one group of religions is more righteous or more American than any other ( or that agnostics and atheists are inherently less patriotic than are citizens who believe in some form of God) is contrary to the tenets established by our founding fathers when they endorsed the "separation of church and state" as a fundamental concept in the US Constitution.
Timothy Beauchamp August 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
The Jesus Christ I read about would angrily denounce the Republican Party for its emphasis on constantly trying to identify scapegoats to get their base to blame and hate in order to pass policies to benefit the wealthy. Also, today's Democratic Party is much more concerned about the average and vulnerable citizens, as well as social stability, than the Republican "You're on your own!" Party. The Jesus Christ I read about loved and defended the poor and vulnerable. I don't remember Republicans doing anything but making the poor and vulnerable live's more difficult.
Kim McCoy August 05, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Wow Tim..the Jesus you read about? Where did you "read about" him? I don't believe it was in the Bible, because if your idea of Democrats being concerned for the "average and vulnerable" is Terry McAuliffe, you certainly have no idea what Jesus says in the Bible. I challenge you to go to Fast Terry dot com and then tell me how democrats care about anything but deceit and preying on the vulnerable with financing by some of the wealthiest people in the country.
Kim McCoy August 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Labman, since you are so concerned about, what was it you said, "societal ethical behavior", I challenge you to go to Fast Terry dot com and then tell me just how ethical McAuliffe would be for Virginia...Maybe you could travel down to Franklin, Virginia and ask those good people about The Franklin Pellet Co.
Janet Ritchie August 05, 2013 at 11:14 PM
How apt, that a Republican, who believes in disenfranchising the poor and elderly, and thinks of homosexuals as "non-Christians" and believes that a woman who is raped should have the rapist's baby, and believes that cutting food stamps for the poor and poor children is a way to balance the budget...all very Christ-like views, I'm sure, thinks that Democrats are Non-Christian and are therefore "Godless". And who died and made him God? "As yea do it unto the least of these, so you do it unto me" I believe were Christ's words. How does that square with the Republican platform?
Janet Ritchie August 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
How apt, that a Republican, who believes in disenfranchising the poor and elderly, and thinks of homosexuals as "non-Christians" and believes that a woman who is raped should have the rapist's baby, and believes that cutting food stamps for the poor and poor children is a way to balance the budget...all very Christ-like views, I'm sure, thinks that Democrats are Non-Christian and are therefore "Godless". And who died and made him God? "As yea do it unto the least of these, so you do it unto me" I believe were Christ's words. How does that square with the Republican platform?
Austin Staats August 06, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I don't believe that Democrats are Godless but not extreme "born again hypocrites"!
Michael Fitz-Gibbon August 06, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Republicans are in the anti-intelligence party. What part of NO RELIGIOUS TEST do they not understand?
Kim McCoy August 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Hey you guys...Michael, Austin, Janet, I suggest you look up The Franklin Pellet Co. Hoax perpetrated by Terry McAuliffe and then tell me about how much the democrats care about the poor in Virginia...and how much intelligence they have to think it wouldn't come out.
Karen Gaur March 21, 2014 at 03:42 PM
He speaks the truth. http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/09/04/democrats-drop-god-from-party-platform.aspx
Karen Gaur March 21, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform: “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.” Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this: “We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.” Stay in the know. Get The Brody File Weekly: The Brody File has calls into DNC to explain why God’s name has been dropped from the platform. Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it's no wonder that God's name would be dropped as well. Delegates will vote on the platform on Tuesday. There is one section on "faith" and here is what it says: "Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith- based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country."

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