E.W. Jackson Lives the Christian Value of Lying Like Crazy

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Oct. 30 2013 7:16 PM

E.W. Jackson Lives the Christian Value of Lying Like Crazy

Everyone's favorite 2013 election sideshow is the race for lieutenant governor of Virginia. Democrats nominated Ralph Northam, a Gulf War veteran and state senator tipped as a rising moderate star for years. Republicans, who allowed their nominations to be decided at a convention instead of a primary, nominated a preacher named E.W. Jackson, whose career had alternated between brimstone denunciations of gays and bankrupcty filings.

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David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

Democrats have assured their victory over Jackson by merely quoting the words that have emerged from his mouth or keyboard. Jackson's campaign has responded, largely, by complaining about a Democratic obsession with "social issues." In fundraising emails, Jackson accuses "one-note Northam" of focusing on "divisive" issues—by, you know, pointing out the old Jackson quotes. 

Now, a friendly media watcher points me to Jackson's new interview with WUSA's Derek McGinty. Jackson tries a new tactic: just lying his head off about what he said in the past.

MCGINTY: Did you say that gay people live a sick lifestyle, they’re sick people?
JACKSON: Never said that. What I’ve said is I think that the movement, the effort to change the culture is an effort to pervert things. But look, here’s the thing. I said that in the context of ministry. 
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Not true. Jackson said this in a radio interview with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex. So they can’t see clearly. Jesus said ‘when the eye is dark the body is full of darkness.'

But the 2013 interview continued, and Jackson kept lying.

MCGINTY: Let me put this to you, Reverend. You said that the U.S. armed forces are going to be punished by God because of the end of don’t ask—
JACKSON: Never said that. That’s absolutely, categorically not true. See, that’s what I mean. I’ve never said anything like that because I don’t believe it. 

Well, close—Jackson didn't say that God would specifically punish our troops. He only worried that God would stop blessing them.

How in the world can we expect our military to be blessed by the hand of almighty God if we allow our military to become the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah? I'll tell you something—God is not pleased!

Here's the video of the interview, if you enjoy your lying in audio-visual form.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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