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Tea Party Preacher’s ‘False Religion’ Remark Upsets Jews

“Non-Christians Have a False Religion" but the Jews are an exception, says a Virginia Tea Party preacher-candidate in a splendid show of how to put your foot in your mouth.
E.W. Jackson Jr.

E.W. Jackson Jr.

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E.W. Jackson, the Republican Tea Party candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia, has labeled all non-Christians as having a “false religion” but when confronted by Jews, he said they are an exception to the rule.

“I’m a Christian. I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said. “Of course, like every Christian, I believe that he’s the only way. But we understand that Christianity came out of Judaism. We have deep and profound respect for Judaism. We do not view Judaism as a false religion. I can’t say that about everything. But that is true of Judaism.”

Amen, brother. Hallelujah!

But his generous acceptance that Judaism is not a false religion did not satisfy the crowd at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center.

The moderator, Joel Rubin, asked Jackson, “Is Islam a false religion?” the Virginian-Pilot reported.

The Muslims didn’t get off the hook as well as the Jews, and Jackson didn’t directly answer the question. Instead, he asserted, “Look, I’m running for lieutenant governor. I’m not running to be theologian of Virginia. I am a preacher. That means I’ve got to serve people who are atheists and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and Mormons and of every background. So I don’t want to try to get into a theological analysis of what I think of various religions.”

So much for the Buddhist and Muslim vote.

If Jackson does not want to discuss his views on other religions, one would think the ordained minister would button his lip a bit more.

So far in the campaign, Jackson has denounced Planned Parenthood for killing more blacks than the Ku Klux Klan.

So it looks like he has lost the KKK vote, too.

His previous comments from the pulpit and elsewhere are likely to cost him a lot more votes. He has said that parents’ sins cause birth defects and that yoga leads to Satanism.

But, no, no, that is not what he believes come campaign time.

“I do not believe that birth defects are caused by parents’ sin unless, of course, there’s a direct scientific connection between the parents’ behavior and the disabilities of the child, such as a child who might develop birth defects if his or her mother was addicted to heroin,” he has said in self-defense during the current campaign.

“I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism. One of my ministers is a yoga instructor. What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself … with the spirit of God. That is classic Biblical Christianity,” he explained.

So maybe he will win back the yoga vote.

Homosexuals are not exactly crazy about Jackson, who has declared that “homosexuality poisons culture,” but he argues his comment was taken out of context.

“What I really said was that the gay rights movement, so called, the homosexual activists, engage in some behavior that is absolutely horrendous, and that’s true, everybody knows that; from going into Catholic churches and desecrating the Sacraments to engaging in all kinds of demonstrative behavior to try to call attention to what they view as their plight,” he said.

Homosexuals need not worry because Jackson added, “I respect every human being, I don’t believe that there’s any second-class citizens in Virginia, I don’t treat anybody any differently because of their sexual orientation.”

Jackson wants voters to think that he can separate his views as a preacher from his functioning as Lieutenant Governor.

“I’m not going to spend the campaign talking about these issues, so let’s get it out of the way now,” he told a gathering in the Virginia suburb of Manassas, outside of Washington, D.C.

Time will tell if telling the Jews they aren’t so bad after all will win him the Jewish vote.

For the time being, the polls show that the voters are not thrilled with either Jackson or the Democratic party candidate, State Sen. Ralph Northam.

A new poll published on Wednesday shows that with election day two weeks away, 12 percent have a favorable view of Jackson, compared with 9 percent for Northam. However, a hefty 20 percent of the respondents have an unfavorable view of Jackson, compared with 5 percent who do not like Northam.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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14 Responses to “Tea Party Preacher’s ‘False Religion’ Remark Upsets Jews”

  1. I think the real issue here is not that he’s a jesus freak nut bag but that he turns to pander voters of any group save a very few when he thinks he’ll get their votes that way. If he wants to be an ass it’s his business. If he’s shucking voters to get a high position beware. (As if they all didn’t.)

  2. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Oh my goodness, someone thinks his religion is true. And Judaism as well. But he doesn't throw Voltaire's cloak over every religion in the world and "Jews" are upset. Because we all know how solicitous the Torah is of other "gxds!" People should read Sefer Yehoshu`a some time and grow up!

  3. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Ugh! I have no idea why that multi-posted like it did! If I knew how to fix it I would. My apologies to all.

  4. I think Bishop E W Jackson is a good guy. The problem is that he has a problem talking to people outside his faith group. People outside his faith group also have trouble understanding him. Rav Ovadia zt"l and Rav Shach zt"l (lehavdil) had that problem but they did not themselves run for office. This guy is and perhaps he is making a mistake. I am convinced that he would, if elected, be fair to all, but I doubt he will get the chance. If I lived in VA I might well vote for him.

  5. I'm not getting the article. A Christian who believes Jesus Christ.. wow! Such controversy. Not getting it. Does freedom of religion still exist in America?

  6. Anna Karp says:

    With so many problems this country has it is so sad that we as a jewish group are worried about whether a Christian minister believes in Christ. Wake up America I wonder if the jews in Europe worried about these things as they were going into the crematories.

  7. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Twisting himself like a pretzel.

  8. Cody Flecker says:

    Islam is a false religion. A so called religion based on war, and based on the extermination of all those that do not believe in Allah, or any other Moon God. When I see Islam begin to treat woman as equals, or treat believers of other faiths as equals, I will give them equal status as a true religion, up and til that time, they are an out caste sect.

  9. Dolores A. Brittain says:

    the bible is very clear that all Jews and Christians shall be saved in the end. This man simply told the truth, and so persecution will come because of that. People are so used to being lied to, and believing it that they cant even discern a the truth from a lie, and without the Holy Spirit imparted in your life, you wont.

  10. This is the first time frame in history where we have so many end times prophecies occurring at the same time. Earthquakes in diverse places, wars and rumors of wars, starvation, illnesses, and people traveling to and fro and knowledge increased. In just the last few decades man has started flying in mass. Our homes have pluming and heating, electric lights, cloths washers, dish washers, TV's and computers, and the BIG one,,, Israel is back as a nation.The rapture of the Church is on the verge of taking place. When that happens there will be no Christians in the world for a brief time and the antichrist will quickly take control of a new one world government. I wrote a book in 2012 that discusses salvation and prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  11. the bible isnt very clear about anything written in it.

  12. how can you possibly have a false religion? No god of any religion or mythology in history has ever deigned to show its face to the world at large, therefore they are ALL up to the beliefs of the individual. With that, ALL religions are false religions.

  13. i think you might need to learn how to read. The Jews arent upset because hw believes in Christ. They are upset because he said what they believe is a lie.

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