GOP candidate lets loosePublished 8:36pm Saturday, June 29, 2013
Addressing a Suffolk crowd Saturday, the Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor couldn’t have made his views on religion in politics, gay marriage and other hot-button issues much plainer.
Chesapeake preacher E.W. Jackson delivered a fiery 20-minute speech during the March for Jesus event at Constant’s Wharf Park, rattling windows at the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn.
“I’m not here as a candidate, I’m here as a preacher,” he said.
Jackson called on his enthusiastic audience at the Impact Suffolk event, which organizers said was to bring worship of God into the public square, to make faith central in their lives.
“If we are going to be prosperous economically, we first need to be prosperous spiritually and morally,” he said.
He launched into a spirited critique of last week’s Supreme Court decisions that have advanced the gay rights agenda. “It is not the federal government or state government that defines marriage,” he said. “It’s the Almighty God. No matter what they say, the definition can’t be changed … because it is the truth … and when you know the truth, the truth will make you free.”
The outspoken preacher’s nomination has caused a stir on the left and the right. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial candidate and under whose administration Jackson would serve if both men were elected, has declined to defend Jackson’s controversial statements on homosexuals and abortion.
In Suffolk on Saturday, Jackson made no mention of how his own party perceives him. But he attacked President Obama for — according to Jackson — stating in 2008 that a streak of homophobia in the black community needs to be changed.
“We don’t hate anybody, but you can’t live contrary to the will of God,” Jackson said.
Regarding the separation of church and state, city councils and school boards “all across the nation” are being told they can’t pray before meeting, Jackson said.
But God is “so high you can’t overcome Him, so deep you can’t get under Him, and so wide you can’t get around Him.”
“Our Founding Fathers said we hold this truth — not the opinion, not the contemporary mores, but the truth — that all man are created equal … and endowed by our creator.”
“The reality is this is not a Muslim nation, this is not a Buddhist nation, this is not a Hindu nation, this has always been a traditional Christian nation.”
Planned Parenthood, which Jackson in a YouTube video said “has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was,” also came under attack.
“We are responsible for standing up to what sayeth the Lord,” he said. “That means I don’t care what Planned Parenthood says or anybody else says. Life begins at conception, because God knows who they are before they were even conceived.”
His voice rising to a piecing level, Jackson told his audience to “stand up for what you know is right — you can’t be concerned about offending people.
“Now it seems every radical terrorist gets the protection of the White House, but Christians don’t even get a mumbling word.
“Why can’t you say, ‘Jesus is the answer for the world today…’ without being called a bigot, intolerant, and being hated for it? We have got to stand up, black and white together.”
He also told his listeners to “stop voting for the people who don’t believe what you do. … Don’t put them in power over you.”
“I’m going for something here far higher than political office,” the preacher thundered. “One day I’m going to stand before my master, and I tell you what I want him to say: ‘Well done!’”