Virginia Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, clarified on Wednesday that he does not believe yoga leads to Satanism after excerpts from his 2008 book were released suggesting otherwise.
During the press conference in Manassas, Va., Jackson elaborated on his writings hoping to rationalize the statements he believed had been distorted.
"I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism,” Jackson said. “What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself ... with the spirit of God.”
He added that one of his ministers was a yoga instructor.
Jackson also vowed to reveal his past to the press, telling stories of his experimentation with marijuana and other substances during youth. His intent is to clear his name before campaign season begins, in effort to spend campaign time talking about his platform rather than his unearthed mistakes.
“[I want to] reveal as many of my weaknesses and shortcomings as a curious press and my opposition might want to look into,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s admissions lasted 45 minutes, adding a failed Boston AM gospel radio station, dismissal from a Cambridge Baptist church and complaints filed with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to his weighty list of blunders.