E.W. Jackson’s War On Hot Yoga, The Gays: This Week in Crazy
Late last month, E.W. Jackson won the GOP’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. If you have not heard of Jackson yet then that it is both impressive and unfortunate. Impressive because the shock value of his quotes have made him a favorite talking point of the mainstream media; unfortunate because E.W. Jackson has quickly become a staple in the love-to-hate branch of the Republican party, the statements this man makes are cringe-inducing, entertaining and terrifying all at once.
Recently, E.W. Jackson had his past dug up, and the contents are quite jarring. One part of this hate laden past is a video monologue of Jackson entitled Bishop E.W. Jackson Message to Black Christians, in the four-minute speech he talks about the “evil” of the democratic party.
“It is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrats party; they have insulted us, used us and manipulated us. They have saturated the black community with ridiculous lies: if we don’t support the democrats party we will be returned to slavery, we will be robbed of voting rights, the Martian Luther King holiday will be repealed. They think we are stupid, and that these lies will hold us captive,” Jackson began. The real meat of the controversy arises when he attempts to garner more black support on Republican issues.
“The Democratic party has created an unholy alliance between so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was, and the Democrat’s party and their black civil rights leaders are partners in this genocide,” Jackson stated.
I’m sorry, Mr. Jackson, but the goals of the KKK and Planned Parenthood are on vastly different sides of the spectrum. The KKK is classified as a hate group and has worked hard to promote its goal of a white ethnostate. Whereas Planned Parenthood is a health care provider that concentrates in sex and family planning.
With all this in mind is should not come as much of a surprise that he is a big supporter of the anti-gay platform. In the video he goes on to say, “The democrat’s party has equated homosexuality with being black, which is another outrageous lie. They can keep their homosexuality private, [the black community] cannot hide being black… The democrat’s party has declared same-sex marriage an official part of it’s platform. And black Christians remain in that party? The civil rights establishment has embraced the lies, and betrayed the black community and God all mighty.
As outrageous as these comments are, they are not all that different from the comments coming from the right on a daily basis. Where Jackson truly separated himself is in his 2008 book, Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life, where he had the following to say about yoga:
“When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana… The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself… [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.”
As if denying climate change and striving to teach creationism in schools just was not crazy enough Jackson has really stepped it up with the animosity towards yoga. But wait, there’s more! E.W. Jackson has also decided that we should not donate money to the underprivileged.
“While giving to the poor is important, the most powerful giving for wealth building is upward giving… For example, as you read this book, you may feel a deep spiritual affinity for the things I am teaching and therefore a profound spiritual kinship with me. We may never meet in person, but you can draw on the anointing which God has placed on my life by sowing into my ministry. That opens a spiritual door for you to partake at a deeper level and for me to impart to you as one in Covenant with me. That is how I have come to support other ministries. Wherever you are moved to give, do it consistently and generously. This will start a flow of prosperity in your life which will enhance all the other principles you have learned.”
So, Jackson would rather you donate your money to him (he was a bishop and not running for office at the time of writing this) than to anyone below the poverty line. He doesn’t cite any economic text or professionals in the area; instead he simply states his opinion in hopes of swaying someone’s opinion. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who will eat up every word that E.W. Jackson says.
If the GOP is trying to maintain control of the Lieutenant Governor’s office they are taking all the wrong steps. In the 2012 election Virginia voted for Obama for the second time. The age range 18-34 is registering thousands of new voters every month; this is important because nations youth has shown that they approve of more liberal policies. However, it is a stereotype of local and state level elections that the octogenarians and retirement home crowd are the only ones who go out and vote. So, if that holds true, we could find ourselves with E.W. Jackson at our Lieutenant Governor.
I am originally from a small town in North Carolina and have recently moved to Richmond. Meaning I am a novice to the ways of Richmond life, but from what I have seen it is a culturally rich environment that I look forward to diving into. My daily hustle consists of playing bass, reading, and hunting for new music. This summer I will be interning with RVA Magazine and GayRVA.com. In the fall I will be transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University where I will major in journalism.
“As an Episcopal church, we take our baptismal covenant very seriously, and in that covenant, do vow to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.’”October 7, 2016
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