Virginia's GOP candidate for lieutenant governor is saying things that are making officials from both parties very uncomfortable. E.W. Jackson recently said that the Democratic Party is “anti-God” and that Christians should disassociate themselves from it.
“I believe that the Democrat Party has become an anti-God party, I think it’s an anti-life party, I think it’s an anti-family party,” Jackson said. “And these are all things I think Christians hold to very dearly.”
Jackson is a pastor from Chesapeake, Va. He has repeatedly drawn criticism for making statements that his critics have deemed anti-gay and "hateful."
According to a Pew study, 77 percent of Democrats said they “never doubt the existence of God” and 62 percent said that “we will all be called before God at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.”
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Democrats have called on Jackson to apologize to Virginians who he might have offended. Virginia Del. Jennifer McClellan said that his comments were both “not true” and “downright offensive.” These “hateful comments go directly against some of the most important teachings of God,” McClellan said.
Rev. Robin Gorsline said Jackson’s remarks had hurt many people across the Commonwealth and urged him to apologize. Gorsline also said he was disturbed that Jackson’s running mates hadn’t disavowed the comments, the Burke Patch reported.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor, said he wants his campaign and Jackson’s to be judged separately.