E.W. Jackson Spouts Off Hatred Dressed Up as Religion


    I had to pull out my red-letter edition of the Bible today after I read that failed Republican senate candidate and self-proclaimed bishop of his own church, E.W. Jackson, stated in an interview that Christians should disavow the Democratic Party because there well may be a plank in the upcoming platform of the party that supports the rights of all Americans to be married and be recognized as a family. He called the party “anti-Christian, anti-God, anti-Bible.”

    Red-letter Bibles put the words that Christ spoke in red type, to differentiate them from the words of others. Nowhere there did I find that Christ ever mentioned homosexuality or same-sex marriage. He did have much to say about how we should treat each other, however. And, he directly ordered us to refrain from judging others because that is the purview of God. I suppose E.W. Jackson selectively reads his Bible in order to make it fit his preconceived, far right theology.

    I’m sure Jackson will point to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as proof that God loathes homosexuality. What, then, will he make of Ezekiel 16: 49-50 that states that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was “pride, fulness of bread [wealth], and abundance of idleness…neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty…therefore I took them away.” That sounds like punishment for right-wing Republican  beliefs, not homosexuality.

    After all, a group of 60 Catholic leaders recently criticized Tea Party favorite Republican Paul Ryan for a budget that is “morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good…A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can’t be justified in Christian terms.”  Those words reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ, not Jackson’s blind hatred and bigotry all gussied up in biblical language. I, and many other Christians like me, are sick and tired of having our faith hijacked to justify a right-wing assault on the weak, the poor, the different, the outcast, and the left behind. Those are the very people Jesus spoke for and to.

    It would do E.W. Jackson good to re-read Matthew 25:31-46.

    There, Jesus tells his followers how they will be judged at the end of their lives. Those who earn the glory of God are those who fed the hungry, gave a drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, invited the stranger in and visited the sick and imprisoned. When asked when they did these things, Christ answered, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.”

    I don’t see a word there about homosexuality. There’s not a mention of abortion. There’s no right to carry a concealed gun there. There’s no disdain there for those who accept help from others. I can’t see a plea there for conservative government or the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. I do see the altriusm, the concern for our fellow citizens, that led past leaders of this country – Democrats, that is – to establish a safety net for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the least among us. That altruism and love sure isn’t reflected in the views of E.W. Jackson or the present Republican Party. They get off on “pride, fulness of bread, abundance of idleness,” and not strengthening the hand of the poor and the needy, just what Ezekiel warned about.  

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      America is poorer because we don’t have a serious conservative party to add ideas to the political debate. There are legitimate viewpoints there that can give insights and broaden the thinking of those of us who occupy the middle and left of the political spectrum. However, when the GOP turned itself over to the extremists who hold sway in the party today, instead of being a vital part of our body politic, they have become dangerous to the well-being of the republic. Bigotry, extremism, religious false piety and hate have been used to pervert the party of Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, turning it into a caricature of a party, one incapable of responsible governance.

    • Teddy Goodson

      what you called altruism, but especially do we find it in the New—- Faith, Hope, and Charity (or Love). Jackson (whose initials might as well be pronounced “eeyew,” a modern expletive denoting diosgust and distaste, as in “eeyew! what a stink!”), is more from the oldest of the Old Testament, despite  calling himself rather pompously, “Christian.” I refer to Leviticus, with all its detailed strictures and punishments for what today we think of as being bizarre so-called “sins,” not spiritual health. Jackson’s other source is Revelations, (the one version of many versions), which barely made it into the Bible at the end of the New Testament long, long after the establishment of Christisanity. His main source, however, appears to be sprouting from his own moist, lewd, little mind. That mind-set, when wallows in the earliest, most primitive suspicions from the dawn of history, when added to the deluded hallucinations rampant during the collapse of classical civilization produces such miserable human beings as Jackson.  

      You are correct in your comment that what we need in this country is a true conservative party; the Republicans have turned into reactionary neurotics being used as puppets by our new elite of greedy, rich, powerful interests. They are not loyal opposition when out of power, nor trustworthy leaders when in power. If any political party should be crushed and abandoned, it is the Republicans. At least there is some hope for Democrats.

    • vacentrist2012

      is practiced by everyone on both sides of the political spectrum.  I think we all can find verses throughout the old and new testament to support our positions.