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This weekend The Virginia Republican Party nominated a minister who has a history of virulent anti-gay statements for the position of lieutenant governor. he is also know for accusing the Democratic Party of enslaving African Americans, and criticizing President Obama for having “Muslim sensibilities.” The former Senate candidate garnered less than 5 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in 2012 but, this time around he beat out six other candidates during the Virginia GOP convention. The minister will now join conservative Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the Republican ticket. He is the first black candidate the state party has endorsed since 1988.
Think Progress provided a few of the most alarming facts you need to know about E.W. Jackson:
- He has said gays and lesbians are “very sick people, psychologically and emotionally” whose minds are perverted. He has also said homosexuality “poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies”
- He called alleged Democratic Party ties to Planned Parenthood “more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was” and thinks blacks who join the Democratic Party are voluntarily selling themselves into slavery.
- He has equated Islam with anti-semitism, and criticized President Obama for having “Muslim sensibilities,”
- He led an “Exodus Now!” movement encouraging African Americans to leave the Democratic party because opposition to same-sex marriage and government endorsement of religion means “Democrats are engaged in a concerted effort to do away with all symbols of our Judeo-Christian culture.”
- He rallied against hate crimes legislation as a “virulent strain of Anti-Christian bigotry and hatred.”
With all of the discrimination and hatred that gets reported (and some not reported) today, it’s difficult to think that it is coming from people who look like you and I. People who have such strong views of hatred and chooses to act them out in a manner such as E. W. Jackson has no right leading a nation. Who we currently have in office is a man who is sensitive to the needs of his constituents, and not someone who is looking to place blame on anyone but himself.