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GOP candidate E.W. Jackson doesn’t speak for all Virginians of faith.
Friday, May 24, 2013
E.W. Jackson says he will make no apologies for past statements that might offend. Like calling gay people perverted and “very sick.” Pronouncing the Democratic Party agenda as “worthy of the Anti-Christ.” Denouncing Planned Parenthood as “far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”
Now that Jackson is the Republican Party candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, he sees no reason to temper his views. They reflect religious beliefs that are dear to him. Fair enough. People can judge his candidacy accordingly.
He ought to apologize, though, to people of faith who do not share his intolerance. Even among believers who, like Jackson, call themselves Christian, there are those who do not want their beliefs to be associated with his narrow and often hurtful interpretation of the Good News.
Jackson presumes too much in his retort to critics when he asserts, “Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live.”
Nor is attacking Jackson’s views attacking all those who do share his beliefs. No one would challenge his right to live according to his own lights. As a candidate for public office, though, his lights become the public’s business.
His disdain, bordering on hostility, for people who don’t share his moral view should be a factor in how they cast their votes. It could well be a factor in how they are able to live their lives, should he be elected to office.
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