According to E.W. Jackson, astoundingly the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia:
At a morning sermon Sunday in Northern Virginia, Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake pastor, said people who don’t follow Jesus Christ “are engaged in some sort of false religion.”
Jackson offered that view while describing a list of the “controversial” things he believes, and that must be said, as a Christian.
“Any time you say, ‘There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don’t know him and you don’t follow him and you don’t go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,‘ that’s controversial. But it’s the truth,” Jackson said, according to a recording of the sermon by a Democratic tracker. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the light. No man comes unto the Father but by me.'”
In other words, so much for: Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Atheists, etc, etc. Lovely, huh? So…if you don’t adhere to exactly the religious beliefs EW Jackson says you must adhere to, you are engaging in “some sort of false religion.” Now here’s the thing: I strongly defend EW Jackson’s right to hold whatever intolerant views he wants to hold, and to express those intolerant views in whatever house of worship he cares to share them in (not sure why anyone would have him in their house of worship, but that’s their right too…). What I utterly reject is the concept of someone like this being elected to high office in my state (or any state, frankly). That’s what is unacceptable in a multi-religious (and increasingly non-religious) country founded by a bunch of deists and theists who stressed strict separation of church and state.
P.S. If you want, you can listen to this bigot’s ravings here (not just about religion, also about homosexuality, with which he is absolutely obsessed, and again how liberals destroyed the black family far worse than slavery ever did…). Absolutely. In. Sane.